Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Renault

The front wings on the Ferrari F14-T had to come in 75 mm each side to meet new requiremen...

Formula 1 teams have been redesigning and re-engineering their race cars in order to meet the first major regulation changes since 2009. New aerodynamic rules, odd noses, clipped wings and a completely new hybrid powertrain are part of the mix waiting for teams in the 2014 F1 season.  Read More

The cars' exhaust system will change from a two-pipe setup to a single pipe, which must be...

For the 2014 season, Formula One is set to introduce some of the most radical changes in the sport’s history. New thermal and Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems will give drivers an additional 160 hp of electrical power during the year to compensate for smaller 600 bhp turbocharged V6 engines.  Read More

The Spark-Renault SRT_01E, in its first public demonstration in Las Vegas

Las Vegas got a reminder on Monday that technology is more than smartphones and tablets, as the Strip echoed to the whine of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater, all-electric race car making its public driving debut. Timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the first-of-its-kind Formula E electric racer was put through its paces by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi before heading on to Mandalay Bay in the city center.  Read More

For test purposes, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E used a 50 kW electric motor instead of the 20...

Spark-Renault has put its all-electric racer out on track for preliminary testing in preparation for the upcoming Formula E race season in Beijing next year. The SRT_01E ran 40 trouble-free laps using a 50 kW electric motor, instead of the 200 kW (270 hp) motor the car will use in 2014.  Read More

Renault has ripped out the passenger seat and modified the rear end cut-out to make a Carg...

Since first being presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault's Twizy has gone from concept to production model, and like many small young things, has also dreamed of becoming a firefighter and a F1 racer. For its latest party trick, the French auto giant really means business. The battery electric roofed quad bike has sacrificed its passenger seat and had its rear end cut-out modified to make room for a small amount of storage space. The result of this collaborative effort from Renault's Tech and Sports divisions is the new Twizy Cargo.  Read More

Battery-swapping company, Better Place, has filed a motion to be put into liquidation

Swappable batteries might seem like a good idea to overcome the range limitations of electric vehicles, but the benefits of such an approach weren’t enough to save Better Place, the company responsible for the first commercial implementation of a battery-switching service.  Read More

Four customizable LED headlights are a modern-day take on light racks used by night rally ...

In the 1980’s, Renault’s much modified R5 Turbo would slide its way about the rally circuit in a valiant effort to claim the podium. With its exaggerated hindquarters and impressive power-to-weight ratio the R5 Turbo was an instant rally hit, but it was femme fatale Fatima Blush driving a red R5 Turbo in James Bond’s 1983 Never Say Never Again that would bring the impudent racer to the attention of the masses. Thirty years later, Renault is paying homage to the R5 Turbo by introducing the 320 hp Twin’Run Concept Car.  Read More

Like a cross between Wall-e and a Formula 1 golf cart, Twizy's Sport F1 is all for fun

When we last reported on the enigmatic Renault Twizy, it was out fighting fires in the French countryside. Now, apparently bored with firefighting, the Twizy team has decided that perhaps Formula 1 is more the vehicle's cup of tea. So Renault went ahead and came up with a concept racer in the form of the Twizy Renault Sport F1.  Read More

On the non-existent dash, a smartphone provides speed, mileage, turning signals and other ...

In automobile design there are concept cars and there are high concept projects. And now, apparently, there are concepts that exist on a seemingly LED-infused plain. Renault, with the help of famed British designer Ross Lovegrove, took the latter route, and developed one of the most enlightened concepts to come along in years: the Tron-styled Twin’Z Concept.  Read More

Renault Alpine A110 'Berlinette'

The Alpine car brand is coming back. Renault and the Caterham Group have announced a new joint venture to build sports cars beginning in January 2013 at Renault’s Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy. The partnership between Renault and Caterham involves the latter holding a 50 percent stake in the new business called the Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham.  Read More

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