kevin lene and alix petit: quatre renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
kevin lene and alix petit: quatre   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry kevin lene and alix petit: quatre   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
jul 29, 2011

kevin lene and alix petit: quatre renault 4 ever shortlisted entry

‘quatre’ renault redesign concept by kevin léné and alix petit

drawing from their childhood experiences with the renault 4, french designers kevin léné and alix petit have created ‘quatre’: this electric concept car maintains the original’s look and reliablity but adapts its functionality for the green economy of the future. the concept is one of fifty projects shortlisted from over 3200 designs from 92 countries in designboom’s recent RENAULT 4 EVER competition, which asked participants to redesign the renault 4 with an eye towards historical lineage, contemporary aesthetics, and sustainable design.




though reminiscent of the original’s iconic shape, the angular body design of ‘quatre’ is slightly transformed with the curvature of

a modern car. the interior is made with natural textiles such as linen and recycled materials, and also features a minimal design,

allowing easier manufacturing and yielding an aesthetic of contemporary furniture upholstery.

a central removable screen manages internal functions such as geographical navigation, temperature controls, and music.

the tablet also features maintenance information, giving it the functionality of a troubleshooting guide when necessary.


proposed materials

concept drawing of internal features: backlighted visualization panel, removable tablet, flexible covers

model building process and concept video

life cycle concept model, source: promise book of the UNEP, 1996 and O2 france

in addition to using recycled materials, ‘quatre’ includes updates in technology and efficiency under the hood: equipped with two batteries, the fully electric-powered car can either be charged at home, or by energy credits purchased at light renault energy terminals posted along the road. the electric battery is also inserted frontward into the car’s main element, giving the best accessibility with a generous metal handle. lines are simple and efficient, putting forward the functionality and philosophy of the original renault 4.

roof options include a luggage box or complementary solar energy panels, which act as an additional means of charging the batteries. ‘quatre’ can also receive an extension box to convert the car in a utility service vehicle, allowing versatile use for both households and businesses.

recharging functionalities

roof functionalities

professional and service extension box

side concept drawing

front concept drawing

rear concept drawing

renault is proud of the results of the RENAULT 4 EVER competition and extends sincere thanks to all of its participants. the jury has still not made its final decision on the winning entry, but the results will be published to designboom at the end of july.

  • Sooooooooooooo Cute!! Looks new and old school at the same time!
    Best 4L Project !!!

    danidan says:
  • I love the detail of the plate ;^)

    Ems says:
  • Like the concept, recycling is good, though hard for today’s cars. The design is original, maybe cute, but is not contemporary, it got stuck somewhere in the ’80s, it’s something between an original Austin Mini and 4L but thanks to the hexagonal touch, it resembles none of them.

    m25 says:
  • yes, it’s quite cute. and the unorthodox presentation kinda works too – blue foam? but Quatre looks a bit like its crying… a melancholy little guy

    resi says:
  • Ok I get the whole “looks cute” thing, but really…? Really…? I imagine all the others that did great projects and didn´t got shortlisted want to punch designboom in the face.

    Congrats on the project, but there´s a lack of quality that makes me wonder what the hell were the judges thinking…

    What? says:
  • Terrible.

    Like a primary school project

    Me says:
  • Is it the new Wallace’s car? I hope so.

    maurice says:
  • Wow !! Looks like a modern Flinstone’s car !!

    mayank bhandari says:
  • I do not like it … but in the project there is something sweet and childlike!

    Maybe Mr. Bean it would be interest to!

    Dario says:
  • well is “cute”, but looking at the surfaces look like designed in Zbrush with a clay effects…actually no bad the overall idea. but i do agree with the many designers worldly-wise “who didnt understood the criteria used to short list projects”. here i see two options:
    1) Renault kept the best solutions for themselves in order to use it. therefore no all projects are shown…
    2) this people are completely drunk;)!
    anyway will be easy to decide to take on a renault brief.
    and if a lot of people do not understand some criteria maybe something wrong may “exists”. i do few competitions and i DO NOT usually complain about the result – but this time the situation is ridiculous…

    stef says:
  • correction:
    anyway will be easy to decide to DO NOT take on a Renault brief any-more.

    stef says:
  • @Stef, this is just one of 50 shorlisted projects, the result of the winners is yet to be revealed.
    On the design, I like the hand-crafted quality, however, I feel it lacks maturity and refinement considering the graphics in relation to each other.

    IDjays says:
  • “but the results will be published to designboom at the end of july”

    We are at the end of july ! So what ? At this day, 9 project are shown. What about the 41 others ? Why some get an article and some won’t. Strange contest… No mailing, no news : Yeah, strange contest…

    Chusky says:
  • A lot of personality and versatility.
    The choice of engines and suspension on the wheels helps to free up space and lowers the cost of the manufacturing process.
    The design is simple and easy to reproduce in series but I believe that lacks a touch of modernity.
    The absence of side column facilitates and promotes access versatility in use both to the family, as well as to the work. However, it should be well designed to not compromise the safety of the body structure.
    Probably will have to be a monoblock structure, with important reinforcements, which may endear production.
    The choice of two batteries brings good mass distribution, but more expensive wiring.
    I think the concept is good but could be more elaborate.
    Congratulations to Kevin Léné and Alix Petit.

    Sergius says:
  • I feel you I hope the announce it soon. Two more days and it’s Auguts… they’ve got me on the edge of my seat lol

    IDjays says:
  • this is not Renault 4, this is Little Big Planet

    kuzy says:
  • This is Gumby’s car. Never. But i like the materials and concept.

    charles says:
  • This is a toy car – Right? If one looks at the dimensions for the front seat people, it has to be designed for tiny folks. In such a small car, the seat thickness, both front and back, is totally out of proportion, surely? The A pillar is a large blind spot. There’s no B pillar and with a “soft” roof, this design wouldn’t get through the safety regs of today d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Oh…My…GOD! Renault need to changed there design team! This is probably why they can’t sell there cars. Either the judges were smoking on something or they just don’t care! This seems to be a very disappointed contest by many. At the same time Congrats to all shortlisted.

    Jean says:
  • To all shortlisted. Did you guys received an email notification for being on the shortlisted. And did they informed you that they will show your projects on Designboom? Thanks!

    Antonio says:
  • One thing for sure. All of the shortlisted that are shown are not the top 3 winners. The potential winners are the ones that are not shown.

    Bjorn says:
  • YES!!!!

    osmosis8 says:
  • @Antonio. Yes they emailed me and some of my friends for being shortlisted…i don’t recall them saying that they were going to show the shortlisted projects on Designboom though, let’s hope they do. One more day…

    IDjays says:
  • 31_07_2011!!
    and the winner is????

    kabubi says:
  • Never mind what people say, it’s awesome !

    The R4 is not just another stupid car. It’s a bit like the 2CV, it’s a way of life.

    The design may look weird, but it’s the one that reminds me the most my trips in R4 when I was a kid. Extreme simplicity, but very functional.
    Definitely the spirit of the R4. The battery rack at the front is really cool.

    It just looks a little bit short. A couple of decimeters more won’t hurt 🙂

    Well done.

    Ze says:
  • I have a question from it’s designers.
    Will you put it in your portfolio?

    tirdad says:
  • well to me charlie nghiem’s 4Lectric seems to be the most solid concept with a coherent image and presentation. Designwise, he went a little further without detaching himself too much from the original (unlike my entry haha).
    This one… I don’t know. I mean the concept’s nice, but it doesn’t actually bring anything new. Nice that they did an actual model – that’s got to count for something, right? – but I guess they were not very ambitious. I get the cuteness, but proportions are a bit off.
    Plus it has typos in the images.

    marceloaguiar says:
  • 01.08.2011!!
    And the winner is???

    kabubi says:
  • Good product design approach: unlike car designers, this is just about what people do with their car, and NOT what the car looks. A car you don’t care, but you cannot live without it, because of its functionnality and relationship with materials. Renault 4 was a simple car, and this design makes me feel eveything is possible. Congrats also for this REAL model : 3D makes me sick.

    BoyX3 says:
  • the jury has still not made its final decision on winning entries, but the results will be published to designboom when their selections have been made.

    joyce db says:
  • Le phew

    pepe says:

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