The Renault R23 is a Formula One car that competed in the 2003 Formula One season. The driver lineup were Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso who replaced Jenson Button who left for British American Racing.

Renault R23
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CategoryFormula One
ConstructorRenault
Designer(s)Mike Gascoyne
PredecessorR202
SuccessorR24
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front)Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard titanium rocker via a pushrod system
Suspension (rear)Titanium top and carbon fibre bottom wishbones operating vertically mounted torsion bars and horizontally-mounted damper units mounted on the top of the gearbox casing
Length4,600 mm (181 in)
Width1,800 mm (71 in)
Height950 mm (37 in)
Axle track1,450 mm (57 in) on front; 1,400 mm (55 in) on rear
Wheelbase3,100 mm (122 in)
EngineRenault RS23 3.0 L (183 cu in) V10 111° naturally aspirated, mid engined, longitudinally-mounted
TransmissionTitanium longitudinal, 6 speed + 1 reverse
Weight600 kg (1,323 lb) including driver and fuel
FuelElf
TyresMichelin
Competition history
Notable entrantsMild Seven Renault F1 Team
Notable drivers7. Italy Jarno Trulli
8. Spain Fernando Alonso
Debut2003 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
161521
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The team started on pole at the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix, thanks to Alonso. Later the team won the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix, also thanks to Alonso, the first time Renault had won a Grand Prix since the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix as a full-constructor team and 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix as an engine supplier after a 97-race wait. Renault was innovative during this period producing non-standard designs such as the 111° 10-cylinder engine for the 2003 RS23 which was designed to effectively lower the center of gravity of the engine and thus improve the car's handling. This eventually proved too unreliable and heavy, so Renault returned to a 72 degree vee angle with the following year's R24.

Eventually the team finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship with 88 points.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
2003 R23
R23B
RS23 3.0 V10 M AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 88 4th
Jarno Trulli 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5
Fernando Alonso 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret