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1990년 데뷔해 전세계 115개국에서 1,150만 대이상 판매된 르노의 베스트셀러. 

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르노가 지난 25일 모나코에서 알파인 A110-50 컨셉(Alpine A110-50 concept)을 공개했다. 전설적인 알파인 A110 탄생 50주년을 기념하기 위해 제작된 모델로 르노 메간 트로피를 가져와 르노 모터스포츠 팀(Renault Sport Technologies)에서 완성했다.

전체적인 디자인은 2010년 선보인 드지르(DeZir) 컨셉트카에서 가져왔고 2,625mm의 휠베이스는 메간 트로피와 같지만 앞뒤 트레드가 1,680mm와 1,690mm로 약간 넓다. 몸 전체를 카본 파이버로 만드는 등 경령화에 힘쓴 덕에 880kg으로 매우 가볍고 앞뒤 무게 비율이 47.8대 52.2로 이상적이다.

미드십으로 얹은 엔진은 닛산에서 공급받은 V6 3.5L로 모터스포츠 튜닝에 가해져 7,200rpm에서 최고출력 400마력, 6,200rpm에서 최대토크 43kgm의 강력한 토크를 낸다. 여기에 F1 타입의 시퀀셜 6단 변속기를 물려 가공할만한 주행성을 확보했다. 이밖에 레이싱 타입의 롤케이지, 샤벨트 버킷 시트, 대용량 브레이크, 디퓨저와 대형 윙, 스포츠 서스펜션 등 알파인의 전통에 따라 서킷 주행에 맞춰 제작되었다. 

글작성: 오토스파이넷(www.autospy.net)

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2011 르노 트윙고 원본 사진들
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2011 제네바모터쇼를 통해 데뷔한 르노의 차세대 콤팩트 패밀리카. 공간활용성을 극대화한 디자인이 장점이다.


R-SPACE: A SPORTY FAMILY CAR

The brief given to the designers was to come up with a simple, sensuous and welcoming family vehicle to
express Renault’s new design philosophy in the MPV segment. To achieve this, the designers combined
sensuality with a single-volume architecture.
The result is a compact people carrier measuring 4.25 metres in length, and with a silhouette that is
flowing, powerful and sporting.
"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and
sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the
expectations of a large slice of our modern society."
The tapered profile of the side windows emphasises the dynamic profile, while the large windscreen and
panoramic roof . the thickness of which gradually changes . transform the passenger compartment into a
cosy cocoon of shade.
The nose of R-Space adapts the new visual identity (centred on the large, vertically-oriented Renault
lozenge) to the proportions of an MPV. The body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes, meaning that
the eye is drawn much more to reflections and the play of the light than to the lines themselves.
The body design uses strong forms inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy
in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people
feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous . despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at
families."
Renault’s strategic sequence of concept car designs brings with it a parallel progression in their colours:
starting with the passionate red of DeZir, future concept cars will follow the sequence of the chromatic
circle. Coming after the orange employed for Captur, R-Space is clad in honey-gold bodywork.
The theme being that of the family, it was the image of the family Sunday breakfast that provided the
inspiration for R-Space’s colours and materials. "The tenderness and warmth of these shared moments
find their expression in tones that are hot and 'sweet': the white of the milk, the golden shades of the
honey, the brown of the chocolate," explains Laurence Widmer, Head of Colours and Materials on the
R-Space concept car. The theme of softness and sweetness is also mirrored in the choice of materials .
including suede . which are lush to look at and pleasing to the touch.
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As the pioneer of the MPV, Renault is putting forward R-Space to take the notion a step further. To achieve
this, the designers took as their starting point the notion that had made the model such a success in the
past: the intelligence of the concept itself.
Interior designer Alexandre Gommier explains: "To reinterpret this idea in a modern context, we
provided a strong visual and functional contrast between the driver environment, where the focus is on
driving pleasure, and a surprising and highly-original rear section conceived as a play space for children."
The scene comes to view as soon as you open the double doors which, unobstructed by any central pillar,
give clear access to a spectacular interior designed to trigger strong emotions from the very first glance.
In terms of interior design, the family likeness to the DeZir concept car is clearly visible at the front in the
forms of the dashboard and seats. The driver enjoys a cockpit-like environment, with a section of the
seemingly floating dashboard being specifically dedicated to driving functions. The interlinking movement
suggested by the shaping of the front seat backrests is a return to the idea of a couple in love.
At the rear, the world revolves around children. This is a play space, flexible and infinitely versatile, and
formed from a simple and universal shape . the cube. Twenty-seven miniature motors power an array of
height-adjustable hexahedrons, allowing four settings to be programmed, from an all-flat surface, to a
booster seat, a table or a random configuration (only when the vehicle is parked) for children's games.
The cube is a consistent theme in furniture design but not something one expects to come across in the
world of cars: in R-Space’s cabin, however, it is very much in evidence . to the extent of even forming the
covering for the floor and door casings.
THE TECHNICAL DIMENSION: AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY FAMILY VEHICLE
R-Space is powered by the Energy TCe Concept. Packed with advanced features, this direct-injection
petrol engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines that Renault will begin launching onto the
market next year.
With a capacity of 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine is a product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Mated to an automatic EDC double clutch gearbox, it provides the performance of a 1.6 litre engine, with
peak power of 110hp/80kW and 160Nm of torque.
Its CO2 emissions have been kept to just 95g/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of just 3.7 litres/100km.
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Packed with high-tech features:
.. The Energy TCe Concept engine is an illustration not only of Renault’s strategy of downsizing, but
also of the package of innovative fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies that will be introduced
on the company’s next-generation engines. On the list are technologies such as direct fuel-injection,
radio-frequency spark plugs, an EGR1 Boost system, a pulse Stop&Start system . and even a
variable-displacement oil pump. In addition to work aimed at minimising internal friction, these
measures have achieved a very significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without
sacrificing performance.
The combustion system, too, has received special attention, with variable camshaft timing and the
effect of the improved compact manifold integrating the turbo giving excellent acceleration response,
especially at low rpm.
.. Direct petrol injection: fuel is injected at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber. In
combination with the radio frequency spark plugs, which boost the size of the spark (up to 1,000
times bigger than with a conventional system), the injection system raises combustion to the highest
level of efficiency. This breakthrough in ignition technology has been developed in collaboration with
BorgWarner Beru Systems.
.. As is the case with certain diesel engines, including the new dCi 130, EGR Boost technology
captures the exhaust gases after they have passed through the turbocharger and after-treatment
system. Cooled in a heat exchanger before being reintroduced into the air upstream of the turbo,
these gases then follow the charge-air cooling circuit before entering the combustion chamber to dilute
the fuel-air mixture. On petrol engines, this technique helps reduce combustion temperatures, thereby
boosting the compression ratio and reducing CO2 emissions.
.. Pulse start: thanks in particular to the direct injection, this technology allows the ultra-rapid
stopping and restarting of the engine when the vehicle is stationary.
.. The variable-displacement oil pump regulates the throughput of oil in line with the precise
requirements of the engine, thus limiting the energy consumed by the pump. Efforts to reduce
frictional losses have focused particularly closely on the 12 cam followers, timing chain and piston
skirts.
.. A thermal management system, finally, helps the engine warm up more rapidly following a cold start.
With the oil reaching its optimum viscosity more quickly, internal friction is reduced.
To further reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions, R-Space is fitted with a system known as
DRIVINGECO². With a simple push of the "Eco" button, this system automatically adapts engine response
in relation to the various parameters influencing energy consumption (altitude, ambient temperature, use of
heater, etc).
The "DRIVINGECO² Conseil" setting alerts and informs the driver as to the best way to drive economically
and safely.
R-Space is also equipped with the Visio-System which is based on a forward-facing camera dedicated to
driver-assistance features. The "DRIVINGECO²" function captures information concerning the vehicle’s
surroundings (traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc), enabling the "DRIVINGECO² Conseil" function to
indicate to the driver the best way to drive economically in each situation.
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When the camera detects a set of traffic lights changing from green to red, for example "DRIVINGECO²"
advises the driver to stop accelerating. If, on the other hand, the camera detects a clear road ahead, and if
the clear distance ahead permits, the advice would be to accelerate briskly to reach the required cruising
speed.
At the end of the journey, the "DRIVINGECO² Score" function rates the driver’s eco-driving performance,
detailing various parameters such as the use of brakes and engine braking. This helps the driver to
evaluate his or her own eco-driving technique and benefit from the appropriate advice.
The fun side of improving one’s eco-driving performance is something that can also be shared in
real time with the passengers: children in the rear playing video games on the screens inset into the
head restraints automatically receive bonus points if the driver achieves a particularly good eco-score on a
section of the journey.
Dimensions
Length 4,250mm
Width 1,850mm
Height 1,547mm
Ground clearance 151mm
Wheelbase 2,717mm
Front track 1,592mm
Rear track 1,592mm
Technical data
Engine Petrol, turbo, direct injection
Power 80kW (110hp)
CO2 emissions 95g/km (combined cycle)
Peak torque 160Nm
Top speed 200kph
Transmission Efficient Dual Clutch
Tyres 245 / 35 R 21
Cd 0.28
Unladen weight 1,300kg
0-100kph acceleration 11 seconds
1,000-metre standing start 32 seconds
Partners
Bodywork D3
Tyres Michelin
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