Friday, 24 May 2013

Renault Twin'Run

This is what happens when you distil the vintage ethos of the mid-engined 5 Turbo, squeeze it into a sub-Twingo package, then refract the results through an ultra-modern, videogame-esque filter. Renault really are brilliantly bonkers, aren't they?
The Twin’Run concept is a full-on race car, featuring a tubular chassis and a mid-mounted 320bhp V6, like you'd find in a Mégane Trophy car. It sends those rampant horses through the rear wheels in a hellstorm of tyre-atomising carnage, offering the sort of barking snap-oversteer lunacy so beloved of oddball short-wheelbase Renaults of yore (ref. the aforementioned 5 Turbo, and the widowmaker Clio V6). A SADEV six-speed sequential gearbox and LSD do their level best to keep eveything honest, as does the unique Öhlins suspension, but there's only so much you can do to tether a whirlwind...
The bodywork is a combination of composite glass-polyester and carbon-fibre, while the spartan interior features Sparco buckets, harnesses, an LCD screen for gauges and readouts, and not a lot else. And as you might imagine, a little 950kg poppet with this much power going through the rear wheels is a bit of a handful - you can see from the video below just how frisky it is. Coolest car of 2013 so far? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.
Oh, and those super-thin LED quad spotlights are magnificent.

1 comment:

33_hertz said...

truly bonkers is right hahaha