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.

  • 2011 Renault 4 Bonneville Racer
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    urbo-sourced turbocharged engine
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    5-speed manual
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    174 mph
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  (762) posted on 07.3.2012

Maybe the only faulty part is its design.

  (402) posted on 06.29.2012

Being unique doesn’t mean that this is attractive.

  (630) posted on 05.31.2012

It’s unique on different ways. Moreover, it looks like a character on the movie “Cars”. 

  (314) posted on 05.30.2012

If their aim is to be unique, well yes, they have definitely acquired that title.

  (559) posted on 03.13.2012

I think they went after “being different”, to be honest. After all, everyone wants a piece of attention.

  (858) posted on 02.1.2012

I think it was an old style. Yeah it was that attractive. The speed is tough at 280km/hr. I’m looking forward in seeing that vehicle here in Philippines.

  (727) posted on 12.27.2011

Yeah! I didn’t also find it a race car instead it looks more a toy car for a kid. Anyway, I would admit that I’m really amazed with the unique platform of it even on its powerful engine output.

  (776) posted on 10.26.2011

To be honest, it doesn’t look like a race car for me instead it is more looked like a company car, but anyway, it had really gotten my attention, and I wonder on what will be the interior of this one will look like.

  (613) posted on 10.19.2011

Bonneville Racer is so unique on its platform and to be honest at first. I can’t distinctly notice that it is a race car. smiley And, it is more looked like a cartoon car for me than a real one.

  (444) posted on 09.27.2011

Want to see its video how fast and how this car made a record breaking attempts. Anyway its weird look hide the powerful system engine that can run fast that sound to be unexpected.

  (197) posted on 09.8.2011

I have to say that I’m really impressed with the performance of the Renault 4. however, it seems that there are a lot that wants to get the crown. Lately there’s a vehicle that called the Speed Demon and it deliver over 2000 hp!

  (449) posted on 09.8.2011

I think the dream of the Renault to become the faster vehicle that was driven in the Bonneville is already ruined by the Speed Demon. Hell, the speed performance of the vehicle is quite powerful!

  (428) posted on 08.11.2011

I like the look of the car. The unique color and design make it more interesting. By the way, I notice that the wheels of the car look like a sewing button. HAHA! Hopefully, Renault can reach their goal with this one. That would be great if ever.

  (287) posted on 08.9.2011

hmm,I think this vehicle is more of a closed van or something! However, the speed performance is great. However, I don’t think that it would good to see this car in the production.

  (398) posted on 08.9.2011

For a hatchback, the car has an impressive speed performance. The power output delivery is great. Well, I think the Bonneville racer is just a concept and wil be served for future production.

  (797) posted on 07.25.2011

Admittedly, the turbocharged engine of the car makes it to boost its speed performance. However, I don’t think that the power output of the car is just enough to make it blast in the race track.

  (580) posted on 07.25.2011

Building a new production vehicle would be the best way to celebrate an anniversary. Well, the power output of the car is quite impressive for a hatchback. I wonder if this car is already in the market? I don’t think that the safety feature of the car is enough already.

  (512) posted on 07.12.2011

I doubt if they can sell it. This car is obsolete and it does not look interesting. What came into their mind producing it. It will surely be a mess.

  (410) posted on 06.24.2011

I doubt that they would be reviving the Renault 4, this one has been out for more than three decades. And I am really against that idea, since that car is already a classic.

  (441) posted on 06.24.2011

Happy anniversary to Renault4! With its classic style, I am sure that everyone can’t wait to see this one. I’m excited to see the new Renault4 in August!

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