In total, a Formula One car contains over 5000 parts, made from materials ranging from titanium to
carbon-fibre. From the tiniest oil filter to complex electronics, every component has its role to play in helping the car cross the finish line… in first place. The Renault F1 Team has therefore selected a number of components, from transmission bearings to hydraulic oil filters, to create the Bijoux Racing collection.
“Formula One is a world that mixes high technology with a dash of glamour,” explained Renault F1 Team Operations Director John
Mardle. “Here at Renault, we are always open-minded about new ideas and this was a project we thought had real potential. For many people, it might seem unusual to combine the worlds of motor racing and luxury jewellery – but that’s exactly what attracted us to it. In fact, the demands are more similar than you might think: both require precision, the highest quality, and a unique approach to be successful.”
The Bijoux Racing collection was premiered at last night’s glamorous Autosport Awards in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on Park Lane, when creator Mary Kaczor sported the Aeromesh choker and bracelet. This and other pieces will be released to selected boutiques around the world during early 2005.
An exclusive bespoke collection, featuring actual raced components from Renault F1 Team cars, will be launched in very limited edition at next year’s Monaco Grand Prix.