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The Renault 4 has crossed deserts, scaled mountains and at the same time enabled classless mobility for the French bourgeoisie and rural hippie communes. For its 60th birthday, the legend on wheels is now in the air: With the AIR4, Renault, together with the design center TheArsenale, has created a futuristic show car that uses four double propellers instead of tires. Like a quadrocopter, the AIR4 with electric power leaves the road and, like the series model, stands for independence and freedom. "At the end of the anniversary year, we wanted to create something unconventional to celebrate the 60L's 4th birthday“, Explains Arnaud Belloni, Global Marketing Director for the Renault brand. "The collaboration with TheArsenale was a logical step. The flying AIR4 study is groundbreaking and a winking outlook of what the icon could look like in another 60 years."
Cult mobile as a quadrocopter
The reinterpretation of the Renault 4 as a floating AIR4 leaves all the codes of the classic automobile behind. Nevertheless, the vehicle, made entirely of carbon fiber, retains the unmistakable lines and proportions of the R4. Maximum body rigidity was a prerequisite for withstanding thrust and climbing forces, which required intensive tests. Based on generative design techniques and artificial intelligence, the developers needed several terabytes of data for simulations in order to refine the concept before the first flight attempts were made. The four double propellers at the corners of the vehicle enclose the centrally positioned cabin with the typical Renault 4 silhouette.
Nominal capacity of almost 90.000 mAh
The “driver” gains access to the interior by lifting the entire cockpit, which is fixed at the front. The AIR4 is powered by lithium polymer batteries with a nominal capacity of almost 90.000 mAh. The AIR4 study achieves a maximum horizontal speed of 26 meters per second (m / s) at an incline of 45 degrees during flight. This corresponds to almost 94 km / h. The quadrocopter can climb up to a height of 700 meters, the take-off speed is limited to 4 m / s for safety reasons. If we get more information, there will of course be an update for this report. You will be informed of this if you simply do ours Feed subscribe to. Have fun watching the pictures and stay true to us!
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The cult mobile as a quadrocopter
AIR4: GO INTO THE AIR WITH THE RENAULT 4
Photo credit: Renault
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