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Renault Rarity

Renault are doing better these days, making a range of boring SUVs and Crossovers that don’t fall apart every second Thursday. However they’re about as interesting a Brothers Brick parts cataloguing evening, and frankly we’d rather walk than drive any of them. Ok, maybe the Twingo‘s alright, but that’s because it’s really a Smart.

Not so this however. It’s called the Renault Diaoul and it comes from the mind of F@bz, which must be a very interesting place indeed. Inventive parts are visible in abundance, including some properly odd wheels and one of the most unique engines we think we’ve ever seen. There’s much more of F@bz’s concept to see on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump, and if you work for Renault maybe take some notes…

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Turbo!

Lego Renault RE20 Turbo Formula 1

Formula 1 might finally have got with the times and moved to turbo-charged engines, but it’s not actually the first time forced-induction has been used in Formula 1 racing.

Turbo-charging first appeared in F1 as early as the 1970s (and forced induction in the form of super-charging featured in Grand Prix racing earlier even than Word War 2 – think about that when you next brag about your turbo!). This particular car was one of the best of that first Turbo Era; the astonishing Renault RE20.

Built by Carl Greatrix, this Model Team recreation of the late ’70s Renault is one of the most beautifully engineered Lego creations we’ve seen this year, and not just on the outside. Underneath the perfectly replicated bodywork sits one of the finest chassis and engines ever constructed from the humble brick. The extra photo below gives you an idea, but you really need to head over to Flickr to see just how good this creation is. You can visit Carl’s photostream here – it’s worth the click!

Lego Renault Turbo 1979 Formula 1

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Pikes Peak

Dacia Duster Pikes Peak

Just like the road car. Wait, no, that’s not right.

Renualt are in big trouble in Europe. Years of making technologically advanced but shoddily built cars, combined with the ongoing Financial Crisis, have left the company hemorrhaging cash.

And yet… their once poor relation, which started making Renault knock-offs in Romania (with even worse build quality than the French managed, which is quite something) is starting to come good. Dacia, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Renualt, are expanding away from their Eastern European roots and giving the big brands a bit of headache. Their cars are so cheap that there’s nothing to drop off, and the good stuff from Renualt (engines and gearboxes) remains.

To publicize their expansion Dacia have done what any good car manufacturer does; built a ridiculous race car and made it look a bit like a car you can buy in the showroom. Their Duster Pikes Peak racer is a formidable machine, and it’s been faithfully recreated in Lego by Eric Mohier. Eric submitted his model to TLCB himself, using our Feedback and Submission Suggestions, and now he’s on the blog front-page! See, we do read your comments!

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Space Race

Renault F1 Car

To school!

A car! On The Lego Car Blog! About time…

Anyway, this slice of yellow magnificence comes from way back in 1995, when Williams and Renault were dominating F1, Shaggy was boombastic, and mobile phones were for playing Snake. Fitted with Renault’s spectacular race engine the F1 Espace became one of the stars of the first Gran Turismo game on the Playstation. The road car was also one of the stars of the school run, creating a whole new sector that’s only now disappearing thanks to the SUV. Marin Stipkovic has recreated the awesome 1995 one-off with some cunning SNOT and a big pile of yellow plates. Check out the full Espace gallery on MOCpages.

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