Radical Renault Le Mans Concept Is From Another World

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.

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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.

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Image credits Esa Mustonen

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow!

  • Hoe

    When a designer is a designer

  • Big Black Duck

    WOW…what a concept….Black and Gold done beautifully!.. finally with the ICE engines in demise…we can have new designs

  • Zcat

    I wasn’t sure about the long side plank at first. It appeared dull compared to the rest of the design.

    But the more I looked at the detailing and the design as a whole, I came to enjoy that element, mixed with all of the other “ unworldly” details.

    By far, this is the most imaginative, innovative, and jaw-dropping piece of design and engineering I’ve seen on this planet.

    Kudos to the design team!

    • alex.remsen

      it was just one guy who did this. it’s his thesis project, which is unbelievable. I study industrial design and out of 500 students, only one or two end up working for a car manufacter

      • Zcat

        Cool. I didn’t read the article. I had just woke up and commented on the design.

        I too am a designer and artist. I work as a lead designer for an apparel company, and also have written and illustrated many children’s books. I also design furniture and do abstract art.

        But, my first love was always drawing cars when I was a kid.

        Good luck to you. It’s like playing the lottery for auto designers to get in. Keep believing!

      • Maricaibo

        I wonder who the other guy will be?

  • Matteo Tommasi

    A designer will never have a word on a race car. Here you see why.

  • ChrisInIL

    It’s like they always say “pretty cars win races”……

    (hint: sarcasm)

  • AnklaX

    Love the Group C elements in the design.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Shame the front has no character. The rest of it is incredibly striking.

  • MRPRCAT

    This. is. stunning! WOW!

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