The Renault Wind – a two seat Roadster with a short sales life but a big character.
The Renault Wind appears to have been established as a concept sketch around 2001, and authorised for development by Renault as a concept presentation to arrive in 2004. This first public view of the concept was of a 2+1 Roadster. The initial concept model demonstrates a small vehicle albeit larger than the final production car, with limited boot space, no obvious roof, and swooping curves.
The concept has design queues seen in classic Italian speedboats such as the Riva and inspires thoughts of cruising round the lakes of the Italy, the turquoise blue waters offset by sweeping snowy hillsides. Equally, it shows purpose and poise, equally at home on the Atlantic French coast.
The front of the car showed visual similarities with other Renault family models of the time, such as the 2005 Megane and Vel Satis. The rear of the vehicle exhibits high mounted slitted light clusters which are only now being seen in vehicles nearly a decade later.
The windscreen was highly curved but quite upright. There was limited provision for a roll-over hoop, appearing to be installed in the back of the front seat.
The cabin concept shows traditionally styled bucket seating reminiscent of airplanes and speedsters of the 1930s and 40s, furnished in high end brown leather. The use of cow hides extends to the dashboard, door cards and steering wheel and brings about an air of luxury. Plush red carpeting offset both the leather and aluminium in the footwells, further providing a statement of elegance.