Renault taps into the past to inspire the design for its Coupe Corbusier concept, a car that really doesn’t look like anything else we have today – even by ‘concept’ standards.
They’ve also admitted upfront that it does not foreshadow any of its upcoming vehicles.
That’s a shame, given how the industry could well do with an injection of the unusual and daring. Instead, these sorts of “future-looking” exercises are “offering creative staff more leisurely moments”, according to Renault.
Before you ask, the french automaker is keeping its lips sealed as to what is under that very long hood. Perhaps it runs on an infinite propulsion machine? Although we will say it’s quite a large car and it also has doors that swing up and away, with its hinges being rear-facing instead of front.
With that out of the way, lets turn our attention onto that name. You see, Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect and one most prolific ones of his time. His real name being Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris.
The man belonged to the modernist school and was responsible for much of its pioneering designs. Its philosophy is exhibited on the Renault Coupe Corbusier “geometric elegance and mastery of light.” This car’s arrival marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
And while the idea of ‘celebrating’ someone’s death seems a morbid way to honor an individual, Le Corbusier would have approved of this car’s embodiment of modernist principles and theories.
There's just something about cars. It's a conveyance, it's a liability, it's a tool; but it can also be a source of joy, pride, inspiration and passion. It's much like clothes versus fashion. And like the latter, the pursuit of perfection never ends.