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Renault 5 Diamant (2022): an electric version imagined by designer Pierre Gonalons with noble materials

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Fifty years is something to celebrate. The Renault 5 celebrates this anniversary in 2022, which was launched in 1972. For the occasion, the French manufacturer is forging a partnership with the designer and interior architect Pierre Gonalons. The latter delivers his own interpretation of the famous city car. Renamed Renault 5 Diamant, the small car becomes a show car – exhibition version of a concept car – fully electric.

In order to design this new version of the Renault 5, Pierre Gonalons says he was inspired by the decorative arts, and in particular by fine jewelry. If the original design of the Renault 5 is retained, the city car features some specific details. First of all, there is this body color, produced using a three-layer paint “made of golden pigments on a pink base”. The painting is then “covered with a frosted varnish” to obtain a changing appearance. Exposed to the sun, the Renault 5 Diamant is thus adorned with golden reflections, while in the shade, it takes on bluish nuances.

An encounter between the automobile and architecture

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The Renault 5 Diamant also sees its lines being refined, and some elements modified. The headlights and lights come out of their location, for example. The wheels come from the Alpine model, they are “smoothed and signed in their center of the sun dear to Pierre Gonalons”.

The designer talks about this collaboration and his taste for the Renault 5:

I am very honored by Renault’s invitation to reinvent the mythical R5 on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The brand gave me carte blanche to design the car of my dreams. In my eyes, the R5 embodies a pop, optimistic, resolutely contemporary life, and with Renault 5 Diamant I wanted to pay tribute to its revolutionary design while translating my universe of shapes and colors into the automotive world.

A funny steering wheel made of recycled marble

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Inside, Pierre Gonalons made the steering wheel with recycled French marble worked in a tubular fashion. The door handles, the window controls or the gear lever from a truncated sphere in brass gilded with pale gold. A location is specifically reserved for a smartphone on the dashboard, which is made of horsehair fabric. The floor mats are made of mohair wool. The designer worked with the Colors and Materials department of the Renault design center as well as French companies such as Le Crin, Pinton and Bertin-Aubert to design this interior.

Digital counters and fingerprint reader

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Renault does not communicate the specifics of the electric motor fitted to this new Renault 5 Diamant. It is known, however, that the gear lever can be operated in three sequential positions, namely forward, neutral and reverse. The driver has before his eyes three round digital counters, which display the speed, the time and the level of battery charge. The doors open using a fingerprint reader.

The Renault 5 Diamant signed Pierre Gonalons is the subject of an NFT collection unveiled in September 2022. The unique copy of the car and its double in NFT format will be auctioned in 2022.

In short

Who said the Renault 5 couldn’t be a luxury car? On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the famous city car with the Diamond is reworked by the designer and interior architect Pierre Gonalons. In addition to an electric motor whose technical specifications remain unknown, this Renault 5 Diamant adopts a three-layer pink and gold paint. She also sees her headlights and lights come out of their locations. Minimalist, the cabin contains a funny steering wheel in recycled French marble, worked in a tubular way. Certain elements such as the gear lever are in pale gold-plated brass. The dashboard is covered in horsehair fabric, and the floor mats are in mohair wool. This Renault 5 Diamant will be auctioned at the end of 2022, with a virtual double in the form of NFT.

Quentin Gueroult

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