Aviation

Renault 4 becomes a flying car for its 60th birthday

Renault-TheArsenale-AIR4-drone

The Renault 4 (also known as 4L) is one of the most successful nameplates of the French brand, selling more than 8 million units in 100+ countries for a period of over 30 years. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Renault has teamed up with Miami-based TheArsenale to give the classic supermini its wings—quite literally. The 4L has been made into a quadcopter drone, because of course, why not?

A retro-modern interpretation of the 4L bodyshell has been mounted onto the quadcopter, which kinda looks weird, but the LEDs at the edge of the quad’s arms do their best to balance the looks. Thanks to extensive usage of carbon fibre, the aircraft weighs not much than the original 4L.

Juiced by a lithium-polymer battery pack with a total capacity of 90,000 mAh, the AIR4 is claimed to be capable of doing a top speed of 26 m/s, with a 45° inclination during flights and up to a maximum inclination of 70°. It can fly as high as 700 m with a take-off speed of 14 m/s but restained at 4 m/s for safety reasons, and landing velocity of 3 m/s. Last but not least, AIR4 offers a maximum vectorial thrust of 380 kg (838 lbs), that is to say 95 kg (209.5 lbs) per propeller.

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