Renault unveiled Twin'Run at the 71st Monaco Grand Prix weekend 2013. The new concept car cultivates the sporting spirit of the brand and celebrates automotive passion by paying homage to the legendary R5 Turbo and Clio V6.
The playful city car
Like its twin, Twin'Z, Twin'Run is a modern and playful take on the city car. Both concept cars express the fifth stage in Renault's design strategy based on the major phases in a lifetime, expressed through a flower petal. Each in its own way represents the “Play” stage and demonstrates the customisation possibilities of a city car fully in step with its times.
Twin'Run ties in perfectly with the series of concept cars illustrating Renault's design strategy. The diamond-dominated front end underlines Renault's new styling approach through its new brand identity. Like Twin'Z, Twin'Run gets blue paint in reference to the “Play” petal of the fifth stage in the French marque's design strategy. Twin'Run's stomping ground is the world of motorsport.
Homage to a prestigious forerunner
The “5” on the doors refers to the R5 Turbo, the emblematic rally car.
A host of details pay homage to this illustrious forerunner, including the design of the headlights and the generous haunches at the back. The four additional, extra-flat headlights with LED technology are a modern-day take on the light racks used in night rally specials
Designed for competition
Twin'Run is fitted with the V4Y engine from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which is used on the road for Laguna, Espace and Latitude, as well as in competition with the Mégane Trophy racer. Mounted longitudinally ahead of the rear axle centreline, the V6 3,498cc powerplant delivers 320hp at 6,800 rpm and torque of 380Nm at 4,850 rpm. The engine is full-bodied and generous from low revs, delivering linear acceleration and providing excellent traction around bends and in acceleration. Unsurprisingly, it also makes a great noise.
The air intake vents are positioned at the level of the rear wheel arches. Air extractors in the rear quarter lights help keep the engine cool. The cooling system has received special treatment with polished aluminum pipes set visibly into the cabin floor. The engine is separated from the driving position by a plexiglass panel.
The bodywork in a glass-polyester composite has also benefited from racing expertise. This includes carbon fibre for the front blade, roof, rear vent and wheelarches. Carbon fibre technology combines aesthetics and efficiency, while keeping costs down.
A cabin dedicated to performance
Twin'Run has the cabin of a performance car, underlined by the tubular chassis and SPARCO seats fitted with safety harnesses. Nevertheless, the emphasis placed on interior design extends well beyond anything normally seen in the world of motorsports. The door panels and dashboard are upholstered in black and red “alcantara effect” suede. The padded bucket seats, upholstered in three shades of alcantara and carrying the Twin'Run signature, allude to the “French touch” of this one-off concept car.
The driver gains a motorsports steering wheel and sequential gear lever with a high-mounted layout for fast gear changes. The joint welded handbrake is positioned on the same level as the gear lever for demonstration figures such as a 360° rotation.
Under the driver's feet, the aluminum pedal assembly is pure motorsport. Designed for easy heel-toe moves, it has been tried and tested on many track vehicles.
Twin'Run features a 5.5 inch LCD screen positioned just behind the steering wheel. The red and blue multi-page display shows the vehicle speed, gear speed and engine speed, as well as fuel pressure, clutch pressure and oil pressure. Two red pressure gauges with centrally positioned needles show the oil temperature and water temperature, a last nod to the R5 Turbo.