Alonso’s R24 goes up for auction

Car collectors with a special devotion to F1 have a great appointment next February 2 in Paris. The Renault R24 that Fernando Alonso drove during the 2004 season will go up for auction and as special as its cost (it is not yet known what the starting price will be), it will be the piece that those who decide to put more money than the rest to take home a unique copy, which far from being the traditional car that is displays in idle without built-in motor, it would only need a few mechanical adjustments to get it back up and running and relive that time where the sound overwhelmed the stands

The car that ‘RM Sotheby’s’ is going to auction, did not even admit in the short term that of the it was hybrid. The R24 it just roared thanks to a 72 degree V10 engine, endowed with nothing more and nothing less than a power of 900 hp which was an advance compared to the R23 of the previous season (with a V engine at 110 degrees) and which would also serve as the basis for the car that just a year later gave Fernando his first championship title in the Big circus. Before reaching this feat, Fernando closed the 2004 season with the model that will be auctioned without any triumph (Trulli did win in Monaco), but he did. he signed four of the five podiums for the French team that year.

In addition to a personal victory with that Renault, The Asturian also missed the drawer in the last three appointments of that season with chassis 07, which shows how this car was driven by Fernando. This particular model only rolled on asphalt in the last three grands prix of 2004: China, Japan and Brazil. He was then accompanied by two fourth positions and a fifth, which had a lot to do with the third place for the French team in the Constructors’ Championship (they added up to 105 points) that they achieved that season, along with the mythical blue and yellow decoration of Mild Seven and Telephone.

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It is true that the colors of the R24 are the least relevant data of a car that after crossing the finish line in Shanghai, he went to the Enstone factory until in 2016 it was acquired by an individual who now wants to say goodbye to this jewel. His stay for so many years at the team’s workplace means that the R24 is delivered complete with a genuine engine-gearbox assembly and with the same steering wheel that the Asturian operated in the great prizes. And it will not be so much a matter of affection, but rather of power, that someone can end up being the owner of a unique piece that is as beloved as it is special.

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