Yes, the iconic Renault 4 blew out 60 candles this year. However, if you have often seen the model on the streets in your youth, it does not have to say anything about your age: this Renault remained in production until 1992. With more than 8 million copies produced, it was for a long time the best-selling French car ever. until the Peugeot 206 surpassed that production figure in 2010. Anyway, reason enough for a striking tribute. And if this AIR4 is one thing, it is ‘striking’.
The AIR4 seems to be the love child of a Renault 4 and a gigantic drone. In addition to “AIR4”, in our opinion they should also have gone for the name “Dronault”, although we do claim the rights. One thing’s for sure: the brand’s marketing director, Arnaud Belloni, describes this device as “unseen” and we agree seamlessly.
The show car is the result of a collaboration between Renault and TheArsenale, a design agency with a strong focus on forward-looking technology. The centerpiece of the Renault drone is a redesigned R4 carbon fiber carriage that the pilot (or what is it called?) must lift to sit inside the aircraft. According to Renault, the AIR4 can fly 700 meters at speeds of up to 26 meters per second thanks to four motors with a combined thrust of 380 kg, which draw their power from a 22,000 mAh battery. That doesn’t tell us all that much either, but we remember that this monster can apparently really fly.