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Renault breathed new life into the iconic Renault 4 hatchback to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The company went partners with motion design hub TheArsenale to create a futuristic showcar. 

Renault AIR4
Image credit: Renault

Renault 4 is beloved by generations. The company has sold more than 8 million units in over 100 countries over a period of more than 30 years. The refreshed, cyberpunk version of the classical models is more like the drone with a car body, than a regular car. 

Independence and freedom formed the basis of the concept, as Renault claims. Moving away from the abstract idea, the physical part of the car, made of carbon-fiber, maintains the same lines and contains the mass of the original 4L. 

There are four propellers instead of four wheels and the body of the vehicle is on stands. There is a 22,000 mAh battery under the hood that puts out 90,000 mAh of total power. The vehicle counts on an orizontal top speed of 26m/s, with a 45° inclination during flights, and up to a maximum inclination of 70°. It can fly as high as 700m with a take off speed of 14m/s, restrained at 4 m/s for safety reasons, and landing velocity of 3 m/s. Last but not least, AIR4 offers a maximum vectorial thrust of 380 kilograms, that is to say 95kg per propeller.

Renault AIR4
Image credit: Renault

AIR4 was born by Patrice Meignan, who is a CEO and Founder of TheArsenale. And according to the press release: “This vehicle is the first product from TheArsenale’s ROAD TO AIR division, which envisions the future transport network to be in the sky” there could be more offspring from Renault X TheArsenal collaboration.

If you are in Paris you can see the AIR4 with your own eyes, as the prototype went on public display from today. It is situated at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées, alongside other historic versions of the Renault 4.

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