The Renault 4 was an economy hatchback produced from 1961-1992. It was actually the first front wheel drive, family size model produced by the company and was powered by a number of four cylinder engines with varying displacements. These engines were mated to either a 3- or 4-speed manual transmission. Growing competition and stricter emissions standards and safety legislations eventually led to the demise of the Renault 4 in 1992 when the company produced one last string of units called the Bye Bye editions.
With all the record-breaking attempts taking place at an increasing rate these days, it only seems fair to bring to everyone’s attention the latest attempt at a new record.
As a way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Renault4, Renault is offering its services to a team that call themselves the “Triplets de Bonneville”. The team is looking to earn the title of being the fastest Renault4 ever built at the Bonneville Speed Week this coming August.
As a car that was first introduced back in 1961, the Renault4’s production lasted for three decades before it ended in 1992. In its time, the Renault4 developed a world-wide following, a legion of enthusiasts that are looking to celebrate the vehicle’s 50th anniversary with the kind of bang a car of this stature deserves, at least in the eyes of these guys.
As for the record-seeking, fully modified Renault4 that will attempt to be the fastest of its kind, it will be powered with a Renault 5 Turbo-sourced turbocharged engine that served in active competition at the French Touring Car Championship in 1983. This engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission from a Renault 25 GTX Turbo and brakes from the Renault 25 (front) and Clio (rear). The car comes with an output of 290 horsepower and a top speed of 280 km/h, or about 174 mph, giving it as good a shot as any to be the fastest of its kind in the world.
In terms of safety, the Boneville Racer will receive a roll cage and a fire extinguisher, as well as a special harness, single bucket seats, and a braking parachute.