When you’re celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a terrific album of traditional film, you would possibly get a re-release or just a few dwell performances. However should you’re celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a automobile, what are you able to do? Effectively, in Renault’s case, you’ll be able to dream up a load of wild ideas loosely linked to an iconic mannequin.
The automobile in query this yr is the Renault 5 from 1972, which has turned 50. To mark the momentous event, Renault has up to now partnered with architectural designer Pierre Gonalons to construct a one-off electrical R5.
Now, it has teased an unimaginable wanting “reinterpretation” of the long-lasting R5 Turbo race automobile, which packs in electrical energy and a ridiculously giant rear wing. I adore it.
From the renders shared by Renault on Twitter, you’ll be able to see these signature flared wheel arches of the R5 Turbo. There additionally appears to be like to be a monster rear diffuser in there too, which may tie the automobile properly to the “legendary sports activities variations” Renault says it’s honoring right here.
Nevertheless it isn’t all retro throwbacks, oh no. Up entrance, there appears to be like to be a full-width LED mild bar, and there are boxy LED headlights and tail lights to suit the design wants of each good EV idea.
What’s extra, there additionally appears to be like to be a gaping gap within the hood. What that’s for we don’t know, because it absolutely can’t be serving to with engine cooling, because the battery packs and motors are possible nowhere close to there.
Past the teaser photographs you see right here, particulars of the automobile are fairly slim on the bottom. In a press release, Renault stated the “spectacular 100% electrical reinterpretation” of the R5 Turbo was “impressed by the world of video video games.”
The French automaker additionally stated it hopes the present automobile “will mix excellent exuberance with high-level efficiency.”
Renault will unveil its new present automobile on-line on September 22, earlier than it goes on show in France on the Paris Motor Present.
Then, what Renault does with the automobile is anybody’s guess. Perhaps a rally stage or two, or perhaps a hill climb? What would you prefer to see this retro EV sort out as soon as it breaks cowl?