Renault 5, we explain how the French myth was reborn

Since the announcement of the return to the market of the Renault 5 has sparked the interest of many fans of this car. The prototype, unveiled on January 14th, heralds the future electric model heir to the R5. It must be said that his designer have reinterpreted with panache the original style of the 1972 version without falling back into retro, the prototype boasts the immediately recognizable DNA of the supercult ancestor.

Nicolas Garden, responsible for the external design of the prototype, reveals the genesis of the project: ‘We have not been given a free theme for the prototype work. It was a work of revisiting the R5 object and its projection into the future, to make it a modern object “.

To redesign those mischievous headlights and daytime running lights, we started with the lines, corners and spokes of the front moldings of the original R5. Then, with the development of the various sketches, the headlights became completely different in terms of proportions and design”.

In the final version, worked down to the smallest detail and very chiseled, the eyes are laughing and slightly narrowed. Instead, the daytime running lights, which have a rectangular shape downwards and are reminiscent of the additional fog lights of the past, fit into a body-colored fender, as in the beginning. ‘” The crystalline and three-dimensional treatment and the very precise cut are reminiscent of laser cutting and refer to the worlds of aerodynamics and aeronautics.”

Renault 5 2021

Thanks to the introduction of ultramodern processes it was possible to reinvent it iconic look of the R5. Especially the LED matrix technology, which allows you to integrate movement by programming animations to bring the headlights to life. An eloquent example is the welcome sequence. The new vehicle logo lights up and starts an animation that extends to the grille. Then the headlights come to life as if the vehicle was blinking.

‘Thanks to the matrix technology and the animations of the welcome sequence, we were able to recreate the lively and carefree expression of the look of the original car. To be the worthy heir to the R5, it was necessary for the car to become expressive and full of life. We succeeded in the enterprise with this prototype, a real object of modern design, the embodiment of the joy of life typical of Renault ‘‘, ha concluding Nicolas Jardin.

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