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Totalcar – Magazine – Renault’s crazy little car was born from the marriage of Twingo and Ferrari

Renault has always had plenty of imagination, as many strange creatures have been born since the company was founded in 1899, but one of the most serious of them is the V6 Renault Clio. Of course, it’s no surprise that the recipe was fired back in the ’80s, only their small car at the time wasn’t stuffed with a six-cylinder engine in place of the rear seats, but a 1.4-liter turbo block hung in it, the R5 Turbo.

In such cases, it is not a miracle that the engineers are able to make such a wild small car, but that you can get a license plate afterwards. Due to the ever-tightening regulations and environmental standards, it was not an easy task for manufacturers in the early 2000s, and today we are celebrating the 260-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Toyota GR Yaris as a real miracle.

These small cars are usually born either with the goal of building a brand image or by beating everyone on the gravel, possibly on the racetrack. There’s plenty of reason to take these little poison bags very seriously while Yarison worked on Tommi Mäkinen, and on the Clio V6, Tom Walkinshaw Racing, so the project was in good hands.

Renault design director Axel Breun loved the first-generation Twingo, bringing something quite hilarious and new to the minicar category, but was disappointed with the engine range. The idea came to hang the Daihatsu Charade GTTi turbo engine in the nose of the Twingo, but due to the pairing problems with the electronics, it didn’t happen in the end.

Instead, a much more overwhelming plan came to mind, which is easily explained by the cents. The Ferrari 308 has the width and wheelbase (2340 mm) of the Twingo (2345 mm), so the Renault body could easily be lifted onto the drive. Several times he came close to buying a broken but perfectly fit Ferrari 308, but Axel Breun still couldn’t put together the elements needed for the conversion.

On the other hand, the sketches left on his desk caught the attention of Patrick Le Quément, who was thinking about how to make the Clio a more popular and sporty image model. Axel’s idea was reviewed and found to be feasible with the Clio with the V6 engine on the shelf, giving birth to the Clio V6, the first mass-produced piece of which is in his garage.

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