Striking photos show an EV version of the iconic Renault 5 Diamant

Striking photos show an EV version of the iconic Renault 5 Diamant ...

Renault's iconic model Renault 5 is commemorating its 50th anniversary with a new design, Renault 5 Diamant, according to a press release.

Renault, a French automobile manufacturer, sold more than 5 million copies of its pop-culture symbol in several countries between 1972 and 1984.

With the company's collaboration with French designer Pierre Gonalons, the iconic model is now transformed into an electric automobile.

Gonalons is a well-known designer who has been recognized among Architectural Digest's 100 most influential artists and artisans.

Although the Renault 5 Diamant will be an electric-powered show automobile, it captures the designers' vision of the future automobile, while retaining the hallmarks of automotive and interior decoration.

Renault's invitation to recreate the iconic Renault 5 for its 50th anniversary gave me free rein to dream up my dream car, according to Pierre Gonalons. What I wanted to accomplish with Renault 5 Diamant was to pay tribute to its revolutionary design while simultaneously transferring the shapes and colors from my universe to the automotive world.

Gonalons says his inspiration came from decorative arts, particularly fine jewelry, which is shown in several delicate and innovative features in the car.

The Renault 5 Diamant has a naif and, at the same time, a sophisticated appearance, as pointed out by Francois Farion, the company's Colours & Trims Director. Pierre Gonalons and his teams are among France's finest artisans.

The concept

The exterior color is a combination of three layers of paint: golden pigments on a pink base, covered with frosted varnish, producing a wide range of effects, from golden streaks in the sunshine to darker shades in the dark.

The interior of the automobile is strikingly lean. Pierre Gonalons, tapping into the expertise of Renault Design and the artisans involved in this project, simplified the car by keeping just a few essential items.

The most unique feature of REnaukt 5 Diamant is its steering wheel, which is marble on carbon, and its unique shape does not make it any less driver-friendly.

Pierre Gonalonstold IE that, This steering wheel crystallizes a free movement through spaces. It invokes the newly acquired freedom that comes with owning a vehicle for the very first time, as was often the case with R5 owners. I wanted to add a touch of surrealism associated with one of my favorite materials."

Renault 5 Diamant is non-electric and includes a fingerprint scanner to unlock the doors, as well as a three-position sequential shift lever (forward, neutral, reverse).

Diamants round digital dials, which pay tribute to the art of clockmaking, provide the essential information: speed, battery charge, and time. The owners smartphone can conveniently provide the navigation and infotainment, which is mounted in a designated area in the dashboard.

Several artisans who work with Pierre Gonalons on a regular basis have also pooled their expertise on the Renault 5 Diamant. In particular, its steering wheel and storage compartment are made of French Grand Antique dAubert marble recycled by Mineral Expertise and cast into tubes to make it lighter and more malleable.

Renault has also decided to enter the NFT universe. The company will once again collaborate with Gonalons and develop an extensive collection of NFTs inspired by Renault 5 Diamant, which will be unveiled in September.

Renault 5 Diamant will be auctioned a few weeks later with its NFT digital twin. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Give Me 5, Renault's new CSR initiative to reach out to young generations through sport and music.

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