Le Mans is moving away from the world of LMP1 prototype race cars to production car-based hypercars. However, Finnish designer Esa Mustonen has decided to imagine what form a radical prototype race car from Renault could look like if it were to ever see the light of day.
Mustonen took some design inspiration from the curvaceous shapes of Le Mans racers from the 1960s and the more hard edges and surfaces from the 1990s finest endurance race cars. The result is an all-electric animal utilizing supercapacitors that also happens to look so good it could be displayed in a museum.
Dominating the front of the concept are giant air intakes that feed air into the front brakes and through the bodywork. These openings are somewhat similar in design to the huge air tunnels found at the back of the Lotus Evija. Also visible at the front of the Renault Le Mans Concept are gold accents, a curved front splitter, and a single LED lightbar stretching the width of the fascia. It’s also impossible not to notice how the front wheel arches are almost as high as the cabin.
The sides of the vehicle are drop-dead gorgeous and stand out thanks to a metallic gold finish and honeycomb pattern. Out back, there is a huge turbine (or perhaps a fan to generate downforce), vertical LED lights on the two rear fins and exposed suspension components. Gold accents across the top of the concept complete the striking looks.