Philippe Talou- Derible, Renault UK Managing Director, commented “With the design of the latest Espace we have challenged people’s expectations of an MPV and brought new levels of technology, performance and refinement to the point where Espace can match or better any executive saloon in these areas whilst retaining all the famed interior flexibility of the original. The challenges Ellen and her team set for themselves are also to be the best at what they do and if that means looking beyond the conventional then that’s what they’ll do. I think what Ellen and her team achieve and what we have achieved with New Espace shows we share the same challenging spirit and I’m delighted Renault is their choice of vehicle during their time on land.” He added, “It also goes to prove you don’t have to have lots of children to appreciate the driving pleasure and usefulness of an Espace!”

Ellen MacArthur commented: “Since the Vendée Globe my life has changed completely. My time on land as well as on the water is now spent travelling the globe either racing or doing promotional work for our sponsors and official partners, so my car is very important to me as I spend a lot of time on the road. We have a full-on race schedule for the next three years, including the construction of a new solo 75-foot trimaran built for the sole objective to try and break solo speed sailing records. Our race plan culminates in 2006 Route du Rhum trans-Atlantic race, in which I set a winning record in 2002 racing the monohull Kingfisher. I’ve already been using my new Espace for a couple of weeks and it’s fantastic to have a flexible car which will do just about anything I want. The design is just so smart – the designers have really thought about how people use their cars today and covered every angle. It’s quiet, refined, comfortable and economical, yet I was amazed at the performance of the V6 diesel engine. I am told this is a unique feature but it should be something every MPV has! But that’s what I like about Renault, they look at doing something different to the rest – an ethos we share at Offshore Challenges and it’s awesome that they are now official vehicle partner to the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team.”

Published : 20/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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