Renault is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 4, one of its best-selling and most iconic models, by transforming it into a flying car. It teamed up with a design firm called TheArsenale to build a functional prototype called the Air4 to explore what the hatchback might look like 60 years from now.
We promised that the Air4 was “neither a concept nor a joke.” Completed in less than six months, it consists of two main components. The first is the bodywork, which has an unmistakable shape with the 4. It has no doors and some style cues (such as the lights at both ends) that have been incorporated into the 21st century, but it still looks great. like a hatchback. remained in production without receiving significant visual changes for more than 30 years. The entire bodywork leans forward – like the hood of a real 4 – to reveal a simple cabin with only one seat.
The second component is the powertrain. Four double-bladed propellers lift the Air4 off the ground and allow it to reach a top speed of about 55 mph. It was designed to fly at about 750 yards and while it wasn’t there, it was able to fly. TheArsenale released a video showing the Air4 taking off on its own power and hovering in the air. As of writing, it was tested about 16 yards off the ground.
While the Air4 looks less than a concept and doesn’t appear to be a joke, there’s nothing to suggest it’s an exact preview of an upcoming car. So we’ll call it once. It will be on display in the Renault showroom on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, until the end of 2021. Going forward, it will kick off 2022 by crossing the Atlantic Ocean and stopping in Miami and New York City before arriving in Macao.
60 years car blue jeans
Released in 1961, 4 envisioned as a “blue jeans car” by Pierre Dreyfus, CEO of Renault from 1955 to 1975. It needed to fill the gap between country cars and city cars – and the rift was huge in 1950s France. It debuted with four doors, a large rear hatch (which was hugely improved at the time), a folding rear bench, and front-wheel drive. It remained that way until 1994, when the last model was built, but it spawned numerous off-shoots including short and long wheelbase trucks and Beach-friendly rodeo.
Renault has produced more than 8.1 million units out of four. None have been officially sold in the United States, although some early prototypes were sent to Minnesota for cold-weather testing. . Rumors of the 4 rebirth have swirled around the industry for more than a decade, and the French company has strong suggestion that a comeback is imminent. Up to that point, the closest thing to the number 4 in the current Renault lineup is the Kangoo.