The Renault Wind Concept Car | Part Two

The Renault Wind Concept Car

Renault Wind

The powerful headlamps also contribute to Wind’s appeal. They extend along the bonnet, highlighting the car’s dynamism with a streamlined, elongated shape and take their inspiration from previous concept cars like Vel Satis and Talisman. Despite their simple looks, the headlamps conceal complex technology. A powerful jet of blue-tinted light flows through a long transparent tube stretching across vertical glass covers.

The almond-shaped rear lamps continue the body silhouette with their sharp edge. Two powerful LEDs light up parallel glass covers, creating striking beams of light to the sides and rear.

The arc of the panoramic windscreen extends around the sides of the car with a curve that incorporates the side windows. The cabin can be covered with a triple thickness fabric roof including a rounded rear glass window that continues the oval theme.

The colour of Wind's bodywork is Aquamarine.

A simple, elegant and secure interior

The cabin is moulded around the driver and passengers. A large sheet of Sienna-coloured leather forms an enveloping cocoon. The pleated leather seats, Tobacco in colour, are elegant and comfortable. They are fixed, in tune with the "roadster" spirit, while the steering wheel and pedal assemblies are adjustable and fold away automatically when the door is opened for easier access. Two folding leather-covered rollhoops form an extension of the rigid structure to which they are fitted.

Wind is a 2+1 roadster. The central section linking the backs of the two front seats is made of carbon fibre covered in foam and leather. It can be unhooked and turned inside out, forming a saddle shape that provides a third seat in the rear of the car. Despite its compact size (3.87 metres long and only 10cm longer than a Clio), Wind is extremely roomy. The boot, lined with embossed leather, offers reasonable luggage space (232 litres).

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Published 18 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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