Renault is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Twingo model and has showcased a special exhibition of this compact car at the Retromobile classic car show in Paris. As part of this exhibition, a prototype of the Twingo has been unveiled, which would have been highly desired by many fans during the production of the original Twingo generation.
The prototype, displayed in the exhibition, clearly exhibits its motorsport inspiration through its blue paintwork and white decorative stickers reminiscent of the Renault 68 Gordini. This Twingo prototype was originally designed for use in motorsport and was intended for a brand cup series. Therefore, it was equipped with impressive features under the hood.
The two-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from the Clio Williams, boasting a remarkable 150 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, was fitted into the limited space available. To ensure adequate cooling, an additional ventilation opening was incorporated in the bonnet to direct airflow to the large engine.
The switches for battery disconnection and the fire extinguishing system were conveniently placed within the normal bonnet gills. It is worth noting that the production Twingo of that time was powered by a maximum of a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated engine producing 75 horsepower and 105 Nm of torque. However, the installation of the larger and sturdier gearbox from the Clio posed challenges, as it required significant modifications to the steering angle, rendering it suitable for the racetrack but impractical for everyday use.
The driver’s cockpit of this prototype boasts several enhancements, including an airbag-free sports steering wheel and additional instruments such as a tachometer and water temperature gauge. Moreover, a roll cage has been added to ensure additional safety.
Non-essential fixtures were removed from the Twingo, focusing solely on features relevant to racing. Additionally, the prototype received larger Speedline wheels with wide tires from the Clio Williams, along with a sports chassis to enhance its performance.
No information regarding the mileage of the prototype has been provided. However, considering its powerful 150-horsepower engine and the lightweight construction of the car weighing just under 800 kilograms, it is safe to assume that the Twingo prototype would have offered a thrilling driving experience.
In summary, Renault revealed a motorsport prototype of the Twingo as a special tribute to the model’s 30th anniversary. Equipped with a 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine sourced from the Clio Williams, this prototype, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to be driven on the road or compete on the racetrack.