Simple, sophisticated controls
All the vehicle’s controls feature an anodised aluminium finish for a muted look. In accordance with the "Touch Design" concept developed by Renault over the past three years, they put the emphasis on ergonomics, simplicity and clarity. A circular, centrally mounted control panel provides access to each set of functions for communications, music, navigation and services by means of a button in the middle of the circle. Data is displayed on a screen at the top of the dashboard.
The gearbox mode selector is also in the centre of the dashboard. Gear shifting takes place using paddles on the steering wheel through a Quickshift 6 speed manual gearbox with automatic clutch.
The design of the speedometer-cum-rev. counter dial is both simple and sophisticated. With an anodised aluminium surround, it is cut into a glass cylinder. Data is displayed in both analogue (a needle indicating speed) and digital form. Patches of blue followed by red move around the cylinder as the engine speed increases.
In the driver’s door of the vehicle, a push-button cylinder incorporating the air conditioning controls swings out to display the temperature in the cabin.
The Wind roadster is fitted with a 136bhp 2.0 16V petrol engine producing 191Nm of torque. The compact dimensions contribute to the lightweight of the vehicle at 850 kgs, which in turn provides nimble handling and dynamic performance. 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds.
One technical highlight includes two separate smaller radiators developed by Valeo mounted low at the front on each side allowing a lowering of the bonnet line.
Wind is a genuine concept car so don’t expect to see it in a Renault showroom in the next couple of years but if the public reaction is positive then Wind could bring a breath of fresh air to our roads!Published 18 February 2004