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I'm Calling Bullshit On This Melting Renault

There’s this video going around right now, shot by a British tourist in Italy, of a Renault Megane that seems to have had most of its plastic and rubber trim melted off by the 37°C/99°F heat. While I’m not disputing that the car clearly has some obvious heat damage, I don’t think the 99°F weather is all to blame, nor… » 8/12/15 3:00pm 8/12/15 3:00pm

This Stops In Front Of Your House -- What Does The Driver Yell?

It’s just after midnight. You’ve just settled into your favorite rhino-skin armchair and have lit up one of the Portuguese sausages you smoke in lieu of cigars. You hear a rumbling outside and the unmistakable howl of a motor-klaxon, and push back the blinds to reveal a 1924 Renault Six-Roues Type MH. What’s the… » 7/07/15 10:00pm 7/07/15 10:00pm

Renault's Alpine Celebration Concept Is Super Gorgeous

Porsche may have been the winner at Le Mans, but it was a pretty big day for Renault, too. The French manufacturer unveiled their Alpine Celebration, although we know a lot more about the outside of the car than the inside. It’s definitely a pretty car to look at, even if the press release doesn’t contain much… » 6/14/15 11:23am 6/14/15 11:23am

Renault Finally Does A 911-Fighting Alpine, But It Won't Look Like This

Renault wanted to have its own Porsche 911 for a long time, and while the Alpine project was halted by Caterham’s departure from the venture, the sports car is reportedly ready to hit the streets in 2016 after debuting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans followed by a run up the hill at Goodwood. » 6/09/15 9:30am 6/09/15 9:30am

A Detail To Appreciate: The Handle-less Door Handle

If you’ve ever had a weird reaction to some pills you found in a wet paper bag on the sidewalk, then you probably know that when you disassemble a car by hand in a deep, trance-like state, you end up with a lot of parts. So when I see a detail on a car that can eliminate even one part, I’m impressed. Like this door… » 4/29/15 9:55pm 4/29/15 9:55pm

Was The Renault R5 Turbo The Most Powerful French Car Of Its Day?

While reading through back issues of Motorsport Magazine like every normal person in America definitely does, I spotted a weird claim. There it was, on page 49 of the January 1980 issue. The 165 horsepower mill mounted in the rear of the little hatchback made it the “most powerful current French production model.” » 4/08/15 7:10pm 4/08/15 7:10pm

It Takes Five Dudes To Hold Back The Awesome Power Of A Renault 19

You "geniuses" out there in "Internet Land" think your Hellcat is so good with its burnouts and what not. But clearly, you have never witnessed the greatness that is the burnout from a small French hatchback. It is so brutal, so strong, so burnout, that it takes five fully grown men to hold it back. » 2/20/15 1:00pm 2/20/15 1:00pm

The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo Is The Most Interesting Digital Car Yet

While the Forza guys have the new Ford GT, the team behind Gran Turismo is busy creating more digital cars that know not silly boundaries like marketability or pedestrian safety regulations. Yet, Alpine's latest is the monoposto of our dreams with some hints of what's coming next year. » 1/28/15 8:50am 1/28/15 8:50am

Renault Is Working On A 2-Stroke 2-Cylinder Twin-Charged Diesel Engine

Following up on their rather interesting EOLAB hybrid concept, Renault plans to move forward by improving two existing technologies for next year, shedding weight from the electric motor and making a dual-fuel three-cylinder turbo more efficient. And they also have some far-fetched ideas for the future. » 12/16/14 6:30am 12/16/14 6:30am