Renault 4 Bonneville racer – Click above for high-res images

Folks down at the salt flats in Utah are used to seeing all manner of machinery making high-speed runs, but this year they're set to get an eye-full of European machinery. Not only is Skoda taking a modified Octavia to Bonneville, but Renault is now set to join the fray with a unique adaptation of the classic Renault 4.

The iconic car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and one of the ways the French automaker plans on marking the occasion is by taking this modified example to the salt flats to see what she'll do.

Underneath the classic bodywork sits a 290-horsepower turbo four from the 1983 Renault 5 touring car, with the gearbox and front brakes from a Renault 25 GTX Turbo and the rear brakes from a Clio. It's also got a full roll cage, racing bucket with harness, fire extinguisher and parachute.

The special 4 was prepared by a special team called the Triplets of Bonneville, in a collaboration between Renault's classic and motorsport divisions, and is expected to top 280 km/h (174 mph) when it hits the salt mid-August.


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      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      That little oilburner will help the French fly on salt. I hope they can catchup to the competition.
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I came here only to say the same thing: I initially thought this was another Cars 2 commercial.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ash
      • 3 Years Ago
      is that really the best engine they could find? don't Renault have an F1 team?
      John Shanaka Silva
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come now, we all want cars from the era we considered "classic" for (restoration purposes), i.e VolksWagen 1200, 1300, 1303, Karmann Ghia, Alfa Romeo sud, giulietta, Renault 8,12, Fiat 400, 800, Mini, Morris, Austin, Triumph etc., newly rigged up with a monster engine, going at 250mph.. wishing that we could have gone that fast 40yrs back? :)
      Koen Ardies
      • 3 Years Ago
      the car looks awesome
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's kinda cool, but the only thing it shares with a real R4 is the bodyshell. What's next, A Wartburg? A Goggomobil? A Trabant? Lloyd FTW!
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      I approve of this effort as a lover of odd, slow, orphan cars from europe and the rest of the world.