Described by its creator, Renault design head Laurens van den Acker, as “an electric supercar that emphasises everything Renault stands for both today and in the future,” the Trezor follows on from the DeZir concept unveiled in 2010.
That car debuted the styling that has evolved into production models since, notably the Clio, and according to van den Acker the Trezor is the next stage, showing more maturity and a look that will be seen on future cars from the brand.
“The DeZir heralded the first stage of a design strategy founded on the cycle of life: falling in love,” Renault says, adding; “The Trezor goes further, by symbolising feelings of maturity and commitment. It reflects the maturity of Renault’s designs – a factor that, since 2014, has become the primary reason driving customers to purchase one of the brand’s vehicles.”
The Trezor – the name is French for ‘Treasure’ – is a two-seater, rear-wheel-drive GT. Much of its body shell, including the novel vertical hatch entry lid, is made from carbonfibre to keep weight down, mated to turbular steel front and rear frames.
It measures 470cm long, 218cm wide but only 108cm high, and is powered by an electric powertrain taken directly from the single seater race cars with which Renault’s E Dams team has won the opening two FIA Formula E championships.
The motor offers 350hp with 380Nm of torque, which van den Acker says gives the car a sub four-second 0-62mph time.
Two batteries are fitted, each cooled by means of a honeycomb-form air intake on the bonnet which rotates to provide variable geometry. The car carries a brake-operated energy recovery system also taken from Formula E.
The fuel-filler has been replaced by an analogue charge gauge, while the rear lighting employs fibre optics and a red laser.
The entry to the car is designed to recall classic racing cars, “where drivers felt as one with their car as they climbed in”. Red leather trim is combined with a red wood dash and a luggage compartment ahead of it.
Behind a rectangular steering wheel are three screens, the conventional stalk controls replaced by touchscreen displays. An L-shaped display combines the dash controls and multimedia system, and placing a smartphone in a dedicated pocket beneath the armrest immediately integrates it into the car.
The Trezor offers three driving modes, normal, sport and a fully autonomous mode. In the latter the steering wheel extends to offer a panoramic view of the dashboard which can then display a film or other media.
While the Tezor will not make production, van den Acker emphasises its importance to the brand, describing it as symbolic of the “exciting journey to Renault’s future mobility.”