Since the Renault 5 prototype, which foreshadows a future electric model heir to the R5, it was proven that its designers have briskly reinterpreted the original style of the 1972 version. Without falling into “retro”, the prototype inherits the immediately recognizable genes of its cult ancestor.
From the Technocentre, where the concepts and models of the Renault Group, Nicolas Jardin reveals the genesis of the project: “The work on the prototype was not a free subject. It was a reinterpretation of the R5 object and its projection into the future to turn it into a modern object ”.
To redesign the mischievous looking headlights and the daylights, “It all started from the lines, the angles and the radii of the elements on the front of the original R5. Later, as sketches were developed, the headlights were totally different, both in their proportions and in their design. "
Its final version, very worked and chiseled, evokes eyes slightly wrinkled by the smile. As for the rectangular-shaped daytime running lights at the bottom that are reminiscent of the additional fog lamps of the time, they are inserted into a body-colored bumper, as in the original design. "Its crystal and three-dimensional treatment and its very precise cut evoke laser cutting and invoke the world of aerodynamics and aeronautics."
Lastly, ultra-modern processes were used to reinvent the iconic look of the R5. It is worth mentioning in particular the LED matrix technology that allows you to integrate movement by programming animations that bring the headlights to life. This is evident with the welcome sequence. The new car logo lights up and starts an animation that extends to the grille. Then the headlights come to life as if the car were blinking. Impossible not to see this wink! "Thanks to the matrix technology and the animations of the welcome sequence, we have been able to recreate the expressiveness and mischief of the look of the original car."
Thus, both for their design and for their technology, the Renault 5 Prototype headlights have little to do with those of the R5 of the time. However, we recognize him by his look… Victoria! “To be the worthy heir to the R5, the car had to be expressive and come to life. We have achieved this feat with this prototype, a modern design object that embodies the joie de vivre according to Renault ", concludes Jardin.