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The Incredible Family Car with an F1 Engine

197 miles per hour, 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds and nearly 800HP - In a minivan! This is the Renault Espace F1.
How did Renault create it? How much of the original Espace is left? And why did it tend to 'hop' around the corners?
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In 1994, Renault were looking to celebrate 10 years of motorsport dominance in Formula 1 with the Williams team *and* to celebrate the success of their people-carrier, the Espace. So clearly, the obvious choice was to smash the two worlds together and create a racing Espace.
Renault decided to go ahead with the project in 1994 and one of the first things they did was to bring in Matra. An automotive design company who actually competed in F1 back in the 60s, and were the company to first produce the car that became the Mark 1 Espace.
The combination of Renault power and funding, along with the expertise of both Williams and Matra meant that the Espace F1 project was in safe hands.
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  1. Alejandro Rubio

    Alejandro Rubio

    Päivä sitten

    That sound is magical music for my ears!!!

  2. Rodrigo B.P

    Rodrigo B.P

    5 päivää sitten

    Q: why does it hops on corners? A: to add insult to the injury

  3. trey kearns

    trey kearns

    6 päivää sitten

    Imagine your asshole buddy accidentally drops a coin into one of those intakes

  4. Luciano Drossi

    Luciano Drossi

    9 päivää sitten

    So if one is lucky, one buys a Renault on announce and surprisingly IT HAS AN F1-ENGINE!

  5. Kyle Gray

    Kyle Gray

    9 päivää sitten

    The warm property rarely melt because latex uniformly cheer amongst a unarmed island. ad, festive jet

  6. Peter Hall

    Peter Hall

    14 päivää sitten

    Did Guy Martin know about this?

  7. That Guy

    That Guy

    14 päivää sitten

    Everybody gangsta until Dodge builds a Grand Caravan Demon.

  8. xhowitisx


    17 päivää sitten

    WHY the steel body??? Could've been a LOT quicker... (apart from being pointless)

  9. Martin Gosvig

    Martin Gosvig

    17 päivää sitten

    Matre build the j11 and J63 model. On the j11 and J63 almost All the exterior is made of glass fiber. The Renault Company now cancel the espace Line because of low sales, thats is to me logical as what made the first great dont excist in the later models after Renault dropped Matre. I just love the J63 which also have Abs brakes and a funny standalone steering wheel airbag that makes its own power.

  10. deth


    18 päivää sitten

    F1 engine.... So a full engine rebuild ever 50 miles?

  11. TheRacingBro's


    20 päivää sitten

    Lotus 79 in the 60's you sure about that?? Just joking we all make little mistakes

  12. giuseppe


    27 päivää sitten

    I remember seeing this car in Michel Vaillant - Paddock as a kid. Didn't it was a real car!

  13. Stock Racer

    Stock Racer

    27 päivää sitten

    i would pay to stay in the back seat to hear that godlike sound

  14. Paul van Lies·hout

    Paul van Lies·hout

    27 päivää sitten

    Matra already build the Espace for Renault, since the car was their idea. The Espace it was based on has no steel body, but fiberglass. Though it had the looks, the car was actually just thrown together for the sole reason to make an impact, so it was very unsophisticated. And it remained just that, after it was only driven a few times.

  15. Johnno Saunders

    Johnno Saunders

    29 päivää sitten

    I thought that van was hot shit on toast when I was a kid

  16. theunwelcome


    29 päivää sitten

    to quote Neo in the Matrix: Jesus Christ, that thing's REAL?!? this was such a bear to drive in whichever Gran Turismo game I had it in that I assumed it was a joke the developers were playing...

  17. AJ Imperial

    AJ Imperial

    Uukausi sitten

    So you're saying they made a drag car with an F1 engine?

  18. Tim Bob

    Tim Bob

    Uukausi sitten


  19. Rupam Biswas

    Rupam Biswas

    Uukausi sitten

    Mercedes : AMG F1 Hypercar Renault :

  20. Zachary Devan

    Zachary Devan

    Uukausi sitten

    Looks like a Tartan Prancer.

  21. Spiral X

    Spiral X

    Uukausi sitten

    Dear God...

  22. Traski Traskola

    Traski Traskola

    Uukausi sitten

    My fav car ever made lol!😍

  23. maxhugen


    Uukausi sitten

    This is utterly ridiculous. I love ridiculous. 😂

  24. Will Martin

    Will Martin

    Uukausi sitten

    Now Dodge is doing a similar thing with their hemi v8 in their minivan

  25. Daniel DiBono

    Daniel DiBono

    Uukausi sitten

    This is the most impractically insane car ever.

  26. forandon behalfof

    forandon behalfof

    Uukausi sitten

    Errr....NO. In the U.K.; some cheap car performance magazine had some guy stick a V12, 27litre Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine (IIRC used in WWII Spitfires) in a Rover SD1.....

  27. Dakkaron


    Uukausi sitten

    So they took a lot of time and effort to make a car which is neither a good F1 car, nor a good minivan.

  28. sonicstep


    Uukausi sitten

    02:04, the quoted decade and car's model year are not correct. However, I'd agree that engines being used as an integral part of the chassis' structure was a mid 1960's development.

  29. jey Lee

    jey Lee

    Uukausi sitten

    today they'd be much better off using an LS twin turbo, and getting a similar range of performance at 1/100th of the cost and hassle.

  30. Dan Ko

    Dan Ko

    Uukausi sitten

    That's just bananas

  31. Shawn Norton

    Shawn Norton

    Uukausi sitten

    Not really a fan of Renault or minivans.....till now!

  32. christian Jambou

    christian Jambou

    Uukausi sitten

    Matra was the conceptor and the builder of Espace motorise by Renault.

  33. north over

    north over

    Uukausi sitten

    it looks cool tbh

  34. Jack Mcslay

    Jack Mcslay

    Uukausi sitten

    They better have the Espace in the next Forza game

  35. Skvora Limited Media

    Skvora Limited Media

    Uukausi sitten

    The kind of van you use when you shop exclusively at Costco - since it takes about a week to start up, you might as well get month's worth of groceries each time.

  36. Rodovan Ra

    Rodovan Ra

    Uukausi sitten

    Diving the kids to school.

  37. Anton Howard

    Anton Howard

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I call bullshit, the body was carbon reinforced glassfibre

  38. Fastblade Productions

    Fastblade Productions

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Needs a dampner like you talked about before that is now outlawed in F1

  39. Astral dragon

    Astral dragon

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Gran turismo 2.

  40. Mr Velocity1577

    Mr Velocity1577

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The kids would never be late for school again, as long as the pit crew had warmed it up first 😂 I love this car and first saw it in Gran Turismo as a kid.

  41. Luke Damms

    Luke Damms

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Hold up this is real I thought it was a beamng drive project

  42. Dat Boi

    Dat Boi

    2 kuukautta sitten

    nobody: Soccer moms when they’re about to be late to their kids soccer practice: *Haha f-1 engine go BRRRRRRRRRRR*

  43. Bruce Morris

    Bruce Morris

    2 kuukautta sitten

    They should have rally raced it,

  44. Mick D

    Mick D

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Now THAT'S a mad car!

  45. Jim Zucker

    Jim Zucker

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Wifey: "Honey, the kids will be late at school...." Me:

  46. Rodrigo Leitao

    Rodrigo Leitao

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I remember when that thing came out. I didn't remember it was an espace, but I knew it was Renault F1. One crazy car

  47. 𝕻𝖔𝖑𝖛𝖎𝖙𝖔


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Ford had a F1 Transit🙈

  48. EJ Andaya

    EJ Andaya

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Build vans with f1 motors it will sell in the market big before drones come

  49. moi je

    moi je

    2 kuukautta sitten

    A quand le vultech sur le différentiel ?

  50. John Pekkala

    John Pekkala

    2 kuukautta sitten

    imagines if this was used as an actual family car, 2 kids in backseat bouncing up and down in excitement "YAY daddy! FASTER! FASTER! FASTER! YAYYYYY!" Having the engine exposed in that position would however make for a totally deafening ride without really good hearing protection. The F1 engine scream would be just insane in there!

  51. key thing

    key thing

    2 kuukautta sitten

    id like to have an F1 engine (V8) in my Chevy S10 !!!

  52. Milenime YT

    Milenime YT

    2 kuukautta sitten

    What is this initial D

  53. Alej M-C

    Alej M-C

    2 kuukautta sitten

    That’s the one van where I won’t be fighting to get the back seats. That exposed engine, jeez.

  54. maungtea


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Escape F1 who remember Gran Turismo ?

  55. Michael Coster

    Michael Coster

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The womanly utensil quickly call because flame apparently sail down a wistful instrument. efficient, common gore-tex

  56. Benjamin Lawson

    Benjamin Lawson

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I want one !

  57. Igo Further

    Igo Further

    2 kuukautta sitten

    "Lotus 79 from the mid 60's" What?

  58. Harrygamble12


    2 kuukautta sitten

    We need this in fh4

  59. blxtothis


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Interestingly, the original Éspace was not entirely steel bodied, it had a composite upper section to save weight.

  60. StoneApollyon


    2 kuukautta sitten

    It’s almost about as crazy as seeing sonic the hedgehog race along side your F1 car that costed over 2 million dollars



    2 kuukautta sitten


  62. David Pistek

    David Pistek

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Gt2,,they need to put it in forza to take on ford supervan

  63. M Hagax

    M Hagax

    2 kuukautta sitten

    It was designed aiming to become the next pace cars. Tired to see those slow Mercedes.

  64. Grant Taylor

    Grant Taylor

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I was lucky enough to have see the Espace F1 being driven at Silverstone. It sounds amazing in person.

  65. Antonio Amendola

    Antonio Amendola

    2 kuukautta sitten

    if i’m not mistaking, and i’m pretty sure i’m not , the LOTUS 79 was built in the late 70s not in 60s , yes ? no? , and Matra raced in F1 in the 70s , i’m not sure if they actually raced in the 60s . enjoyed the video , crazy crazy vehicle

  66. Thiago F

    Thiago F

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I used to drive the Espace F1 in gran Turismo

  67. highkari


    2 kuukautta sitten

    I've always wondered! GT2 ftw

  68. luk_testa49


    2 kuukautta sitten

    The renault espace was the car that my dad owned when i was a child

  69. F1


    2 kuukautta sitten

    FaSter ThaN a Sf1000

  70. Mlizar


    2 kuukautta sitten

    This wouldn't be practical. F1 are light, the engine doesn't need a lot of power to accelerate. Put it in a family car and its slow. Also one other thing I would like to add is I have no idea what the hell im talking about.

  71. steve Campbell

    steve Campbell

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Think Matra built at least a large portion of road going Espaces.

  72. Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    2 kuukautta sitten

    A Tesla has faster acceleration

  73. chucku00


    2 kuukautta sitten

    * Ess-pa-ché

  74. ammm zeee

    ammm zeee

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Hilarious 🤣

  75. William Yamm

    William Yamm

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks for the video. Greeting from France :)

  76. Ng Yue Yang

    Ng Yue Yang

    2 kuukautta sitten

    basically a maxed out family car in a car game. got it fam

  77. zkljaja


    2 kuukautta sitten

    So it wasnt realyy an Espace :D

  78. Djarra


    3 kuukautta sitten

    I'm sure I read a quote from Damon where he said it was uncomfortably loud to drive. Although he may have been talking about the Cleo with the F1 engine.

  79. Derek Nelson

    Derek Nelson

    3 kuukautta sitten

  80. Derek Nelson

    Derek Nelson

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I like the 1971 Ford Transit Supervan a bit more, sounds better too with that Gurney-Weslake V8.

  81. James Bailey

    James Bailey

    3 kuukautta sitten


  82. Lemonsausage


    3 kuukautta sitten

    not long until even america switches to the non-retord measurement system

  83. Max Inpains

    Max Inpains

    3 kuukautta sitten

    My stock Astro van can smoke that car.... LoL 🤣

  84. Quill Maurer

    Quill Maurer

    3 kuukautta sitten

    2:42 Driving kids to school, engine blows up Dad: What the #@%& just happened? Kid in back seat: Sorry dad, just spilled my drink in the engine. This may be a minivan, but I don't get the sense it would be a good daily.

  85. spitzndtruth 1

    spitzndtruth 1

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Would have been nice to actually hear the car....sometimes less is best as in less talking

  86. bassmith448 bassist

    bassmith448 bassist

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I want/ need this minivan!!!!!!

  87. Slick Mike

    Slick Mike

    3 kuukautta sitten

    This is the most american thing europe has accomplished

  88. Slick Mike

    Slick Mike

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Does Renault sell cars exclusively through PR stunts?

  89. Sketchupdave


    3 kuukautta sitten

    I like the wheels

  90. Tiago Belo

    Tiago Belo

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I actually got to see this thing some 13 years ago at the matra museum, looked amazing

  91. thelatiosmaster


    3 kuukautta sitten

    You hear an F1 engine, but there is a minivan on the track ... *head explodes*

  92. Patrick R

    Patrick R

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Man that van is so ridiculous that it had me rolling when I saw it’s incredible acceleration and that classic v10 sound in a van’s body. Its super sick actually!

  93. Ed3n 4PF

    Ed3n 4PF

    3 kuukautta sitten

    👋 Take a look at the espace F1 at Matra on my french homie channel👍:

  94. Rui Takeda

    Rui Takeda

    3 kuukautta sitten

    That Senna Lotus was literally dancing through the corners

  95. Daniel Ubeda

    Daniel Ubeda

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Omg ! I wanted to see and listened the car and the only thing that i saw and herd it was you talking all the time... 🤦🏻

  96. fiddley


    3 kuukautta sitten

    I imagine that engine is not very happy about all this.

  97. Severity One

    Severity One

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I saw this car in the Renault showroom on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, IIRC in September 2002. They had it there, because they were promoting the new Espace and the Avantime. It looks quite impressive (for a minivan), and the dashboard is *not quite* like that of a normal car. It's funny to walk down this avenue with all its haute couture, and then you come across this madness.

  98. rikter22


    3 kuukautta sitten

    you could get this on Gran Tourismo 1 or 2 whichever i can't remember

    • Tyranastrasza


      Uukausi sitten

      The second one. First one didn't have french constructors.

  99. Aaron Machado

    Aaron Machado

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I’ve always wanted to see a Yamaha/Renault V10 supercar similar to the LFA but this thing is the next best thing lol (though no Yamaha involved haha)

  100. Pierre Henry-Hobbels

    Pierre Henry-Hobbels

    3 kuukautta sitten

    One of the most incredible car ever made