ross lovegrove: twin'z concept car for renault
ross lovegrove: twin'z concept car for renault ross lovegrove: twin'z concept car for renault
apr 08, 2013

ross lovegrove: twin'z concept car for renault

renault teams up with ross lovegrove to conceptualize future design strategy – renault twin’zimage courtesy renault




collaborating alongside industrial designer ross lovegrove, renault has unveiled their plans to release a concept car that willexplore and determine the company’s future strategic direction at the triennale of milan from april 9-14, 2013. by examining nature, the systems and energy transactions of project intend to bring awareness and understanding of the phenomena and the current environmental impacts within a transportation context. working with contemporary computational design methods, the venture will reveal nature’s underlying blueprints – transferring them into new sustainable automotive form languages. the methods are process driven and aim to explore performative surfaces, lightweight structures and new material behaviors – rather than the literal translation of appearances found in nature into visual design.



designboom speaks with ross lovegrove about the new concept
video © designboom



renault twin’z front end detail



as the ‘play’ petal of renault design’s life-cycle ‘flower’, twin’z is the latest concept car in the program which sets out to illustrate the company’s new design strategy through parallels with threshold phases of human existence. twin’z is a fun, modern, artistic take on the city-car which plays on emotions and excites the senses. it draws influence from the heritage of some of the brand’s most emblematic models, such as the renault 5 and renault twingo. the twin’z is an all-electric car with rear-wheeldrive and a rear-mounted motor.


‘renault’s design strategy takes its inspiration from the human life cycle, focusing on notions such as ‘love’, ‘exploration’, ‘the family’, ‘work’, and now ‘play’. and what better way to express the idea of ‘play’ than by entering the enchanting world in which ross’s thoughtful, beautiful and intelligently styled work comes to life. may it inspire you in the same way it inspired us.’ laurens van den acker, senior VP,renault design.


ross lovegrove before the renault twin’z unveilingimage © designboom



top view



3/4 rear view



side view



twin’z interior concept



interior cockpit



rear passenger detail



tire and wheel concept detail



ross lovegrove + laurens van der acker, with the renault twin’zimage © designboom



ripple feature underneath the rear lampsimage courtesy renault



fog lamp detailimage courtesy renault



video courtesy renault



wave-influenced rear spoiler detailimage courtesy renault



ripple effect detailimage courtesy renault



the concept vehicle will explore and determine the company’s future strategic directionimage courtesy renault



by examining nature, the systems and energy transactions of project intend to bring awareness and understanding of the phenomenaimage courtesy renault



flower-influenced alloy designimage courtesy renault

  • Great stuff, but the wheel looks like this:

    KXdesigners says:

    SJS says:
  • You terrible teases! Now we have to know what it looks like as a whole and how it is to be manufactured.

    Michael Jackson says:
  • The beginning of this essay of style, it seems to me, started with ZOE, and it’s nice, natural, diverse and applies very well to the modern EV automobile industry.
    Congratulations to Ross Lovegrove.

    Sergius says:
  • 1990’s eurodance – loveparade aesthetics could have been a heavy inspiration for these flower inspired car studies. Check out Scholten & Baijings for mini.

    prod says:
  • What car? I just see what could possibly be an illuminated skin for an auto.
    Lets see the car.

    Ron Smith says:
  • very frustrating .. just bits of something potentially nice

    romo says:
  • Sideview looks like a fiat 500 and the little headlights remind me also to that.

    Maarten says:
  • all I can imagine is all those sad led wires running that padding. It’s like a Christmas tree.

    alexandra says:
  • Looks like a Chav car from the outside, from the inside it looks like an adidas football boot. Gross

    ni says:
  • Designed on acid for the non epileptic. Where are the design solutions?

    Seems like the emphasis of this design study was on playing and not problem solving. A focus on defining sensual beauty in a car sounds quite vain and not “human-centric”.

    Marrkit says:
  • yes, please give us a proper twingo. The current one is an ugly clio. Doesn’t have the essence of the original model which was fun and had personality. That’s why I still own one.

    redishman says:
  • wz with the outfit – just came back from jogging?

    michael says:
  • Nice Tunnig! But this is not design…
    And please stop trying to invent a new “eco futuristic organic female” formal language for electric cars. If you continue doing so, it is obvious that nobody will buy them…. I am wrong? Cheers!But this is not design…
    And please stop trying to invent a new formal language for electric cars. If you continue doing so, it is obvius that nobody will buy them….

    Nice Tunnig! says:
  • So nice….I simply love it!

    Mund says:
  • Love the seats.

    LEonardo Da Nawmsayin says:
  • ross is good at exploring qualities but i’d rather have a pre-millennium audi a2 with laminated wood interior.

    yngve says:
  • Has no-one ever heard the phrase “you got to go there to come back”? This is a concept, looking at the future possibilities of what the car could and should be. This is not a car for now, this is about ‘defining the end goal’, the future of their development will be guided by this concept as a basis for design strategy and design thinking going forward, how do we develop if we have nothing to aim for? This is why conceptual car design is 10 years ahead of reality.

    SJS says:
  • Jugendstil 2.0! Nothing less, nothing more.

    Robin says:

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