Proof that time flies: Renault 4 celebrates its 60th birthday with a flying version

Renault marked the 60th anniversary of the legendary classic – the Renault 4 model. And in a specific way: with a flying project that shows what the icon could look like in the next 60 years.

Designed in collaboration with TheArsenale experts, the AIR4 is a homage to the Renault 4 in the form of a drone made of carbon fiber.

It’s no secret that Renault is returning the famous four to production, which was made in more than 8 million copies between 1962 and 1992. But don’t expect it to fly. The only thing the AIR4 will share with the announced new Renault 4 is that they are both battery powered.


The AIR4 replaces thin steel wheels for four propellers with two blades, with the body mounted in the middle of the frame, and bends forward to allow the driver (pilot?) Access to the cockpit.


Technically, the AIR4 is powered by 22 Ah lithium-polymer batteries with a maximum current of 90 amps. The vehicle develops a maximum speed of 26 m / s in horizontal flight, with an inclination of 45 ° to a maximum of 70 °.


It can take off at an altitude of 700 m at a speed of 14 m / s (limited to 4 m / s for safety reasons), while the landing speed is 3 m / s. Last but not least, the AIR4 offers a maximum vector thrust of 380 kilograms, or 95 kg per propeller.


AIR4 was entirely conceived, designed, developed and assembled in France, in the heart of Europe’s first technology park in Sophia Antipolis on the Cote d’Azur.

After the digital premiere, the public will be able to see the AIR4 from today until the end of the year in the colorful L’Atelier Renault showroom on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, along with other legendary versions of the Renault 4.


In 2022, the premieres in the American market will follow, specifically in Miami and New York, and then in the Chinese region of Macau.

Source: Auto magazin by

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