Friday 24 May 2013

Rally - Mental Renault

Spotted at Monaco ahead of this weekend's 71st Monaco GP was this mental Renault. Based on an established concept of a future Renault City Car the bodywork clothes a tubular spaceframe chassis  with a 3.5 litre V6 stuffed up its backside and driven through a 6 speed sequential gearbox and LSD.

The glass-polyester composite bodywork with carbonfibre front blade, roof, rear vent and wheelarches ensures that the car tips the scales at a mere 950 kg while the 320 hp V6 is spirited enough to propel the little tyke to 155, hitting 60 mph from rest in under 4.4 seconds.

The car was demonstrated/driven around the circuit by 67 year old veteran French rally driver Jean Ragnotti who won the WRC Monte Carlo in 1981 and the Tour of Corsica twice in 1982 and ’85 – and he’s still giving it plenty.

Sadly, Renault has no plans to build any more.

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