Ross Lovegrove for Renault
Renault and Ross Lovegrove show at Triennale di Milano a new concept-car, the result of the new Renault’s design strategy.
Renault and Lovegrove Studio has collaborated to explore new design languages, through the study of nature, its structure and its energy transactions. At the base of the project there are the knowledgeand the understanding of these phenomena and their natural impact.
“A new concept car that explores the boundaries between art, design, technology and innovation in contemporary automotive design. A project that develops the research of my Study aimed to establish new digital aesthetics and industrial expressions, made possible by advanced high-definition XXI century, which allow us to mold materials and technologies in ways that are beyond human and organic expression and, thanks to them, trigger the vibrant beauty and logic of the contemporary mind. “
London, March 2013
Twin’Z is a city car with a rear engine 100% electric. The positioning of the batteries, below the platform, and the choice of rear-wheel drive were allowed to exaggerate the position of the wheels in the four corners of the car, to advantage a more robust framework and a better relationship between space and compactness.
Just 3.62 m long, Twin’Z suggests strength and protection, thanks to the waistline of the body raised and the short overhangs. An impression reinforced by the oversized wheels – for a car of this category – 18-inch.
For the body Lovegrove’s team chose a color high impact: a blue Klein (homage to the French cultural heritage) brushed and treated as a real skin, so as not to seem painted, but rather, smeared, and able to give the impression of a natural pigmentation.
The roof is made of laminated glass extends into the rear window and can be animated by a multiplicity of integrated LEDs, that in the intent of the eclectic British designer, should awaken the senses of the occupants.
The side mirrors have been replaced by an integrated camera, drowned in the body. Even the taillights are gone, replaced by LED lighting integrated in the glass. The use of this technology has enabled designers to experiment with new configurations by pressing the brake pedal, for example, the brightness of the brake lights goes up to the roof, ensuring greater visibility and safety to the occupants and to the following cars.
The Human / Machine Interface, finally, has been reduced to a minimum: the dash disappears completely, replaced by a simple tablet, mounted on a pole between the two front seats, able to satisfy any requirement of the driver and drawing from all of the assets currently existing in the field of home automation (control of vehicle parameters, heating, adjustable seats, lighting of lanterns and roof, GPS, connectivity), while a smartphone placed in front of the driver, it displays the speed, autonomy and main indicators.