Re­nault a-go-go

Shed the wing and this racer could be a slightly nutty fore­taste of the Twingo

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The Twin’Run is the sec­ond Twingo teaser and comes hot on the heels of the Twin’Z, as Re­nault shows the dou­ble-edged po­ten­tial of the new Twingo.

‘‘ The Twin’Z took an en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus and this is the sporty one,’’ Re­nault Aus­tralia spokes­woman Em­i­lie Am­brosy says.

‘‘ It ac­tu­ally runs. It was driven at Monaco by Car­los Tavares, who is the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Re­nault. The point of the car is to show what a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of the Twingo might look like but also to pay homage to some icons from the past.’’

Those cars are the pock­etrocket Re­nault R5 Turbo that won the Monte Carlo Rally and the Clio V6 racer.

So the Twin’Run has a Nis­san V6 in place of pas­sen­ger and boot space, turn­ing the rear wheels through a six-speed rac­ing gear­box.

The car can zap to 100km/h in 4.5 sec­onds on to a top speed of 250km/h.

Be­cause it’s a con­cept with the fo­cus on rac­ing, it has a full motorsport cabin and body­work formed from car­bon com­pos­ites.

How­ever, rip off the rear wing and driv­ing lights to re­veal the ba­sic body shape and you get a good look at the Twingo think­ing.

‘‘ Twin’Run is a cock­tail of en­ergy, pas­sion and ath­leti­cism, rekin­dling the mem­ory of em­blem­atic Re­nault rac­ing cars,’’ Re­nault head of de­sign Lau­rens van den Acker says.

‘‘ Fol­low­ing its twin, Twin’Z, a stylish ur­ban con­cept car, Twin’Run shows that per­son­al­i­sa­tion is a core strat­egy at Re­nault.’’

But there is a more im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for Aus­tralia and for the po­ten­tial for Twingo sales next year and be­yond.

Am­brosy hints that the Twin’Run could come to Aus­tralia, per­haps as part of Re­nault’s in­volve­ment in next year’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

‘‘ Of course, we would love to get the Twin’Run to Aus­tralia,’’ she says. ‘‘ It’s a great look­ing thing and it sounds like fun.’’ This re­porter isonTwit­ter

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