The Monaco Grand Prix has become a launchpad for all things hip and cool in the motor world. This week we have seen a plethora of new helmet designs and new liveries featuring past heroes, pretty ladies or electronic music acts. However, Renault has topped them all. Last year Renault introduced us to the Alpine A110-50. This year it’s another revival called Twin’Run. The Twin’Run is a new concept car based on the famous French concept of putting a huge engine in a small car and we love it.
The Twin’Run pays homage to the famous Renault R5 Turbo hatch, as well as the Clio V6, two raucous over the top French hatch backs that had engines placed behind the driver. The unusual thing about the Twin’Run is that it is basically the Renault Twin’Z electric mini that has been converted to a race hatch concept.
Renault say the Twin’Run is a “real racing car” with a multi-tube steel chassis and a composite body. In order to ensure a 43/57 weight distribution, the fuel tank, radiator and other components were squeezed up front.
It features the 3.5-liter, 320-horsepower V6 engine derived from the Renault Mégane Trophy racer with the power going directly to the rear wheels. With a mix of bodywork made of glass and carbon fiber and a six-speed sequential gearbox Zero to 62 mph is said to happen in just 4.5 seconds.
In the short film called Block Racers we get to see a fun little car go to battle against its predecessors. The R5 Turbo and the Clio V6. It will be interesting to see who prevails in this sibling rivalry.