The world of Formula 1 racing

On July 16, 1977, Renault made its first foray into the world of Formula 1 racing. It did so at Britain’s Silverstone Grand Prix, with a car known as the RS01. Among other things, it was the first Formula 1 car to feature a turbocompressed engine. Now, the automaker is marking the 40th anniversary of that event by introducing a limited-run … teapot?

Given that it was exploring new technological ground, it isn’t surprising that the RS01 initially had some reliability issues. As a result, it was often seen streaming white smoke due to engine problems. Racing team boss Ken Tyrrell thusly called it the “Yellow Teapot,” and the nickname stuck.

The actual teapot reportedly “takes up all the aesthetic codes of the Renault Formula 1 and plays on the design, the graphics and the colours” – in fact, it features the official paint of Renault’s new RS17 racer.

Starting in September, it will enter use at the L’Atelier Renault cafe on Paris’ Champs-Elysées. At that time it will also become available for purchase, both at the cafe and through its e-shop, priced at €129 (about US$147).

If you want a Yellow Teapot of your own, though, act quickly – only 40 are being made.

When the driver decides to forget about efficiency, they’re likely to enjoy the more responsive accelerator, sportier gearbox tune and more aggressive off-throttle behavior tuned into the car by Polestar. The (oddly-named) tuning house is now an official part of the Volvo brand, making it the equivalent of AMG to Mercedes or M Performance. That means we’re likely to see more cars like the XC60 T8 Polestar down the track.

“Our goal is to create useable performance in everyday driving situations for Volvo owners who want an enhanced driving experience,” says Henrik Fries, Vice President, Research and Development at Polestar. “The new XC60 has provided us with an excellent base to work on with a dynamic chassis and a state-of-the-art powertrain. With the Polestar optimisation, it makes the new Volvo XC60 a true drivers’ car.”