Part van, part F1 car, the new limited edition Renault LCV range is ready for anything.
What do F1 cars and cargo vans have in common? Nothing. But if it were up to Renault (and it is), the two parties would no longer be mutually exclusive. The announcement of the Pro+ line at the Hanover International Commercial Vehicles Motor Show, introduces with it an F1-inspired van for the whole LCV range - Kagoo, Trafic, and Master.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team and Renault Pro+ have teamed up to develop this unique iteration specifically for the LCV lineup. New exterior characteristics range from black grilles and bumpers, to satin black Renault logos and door mirrors, to black alloy wheels.
A yellow-gold trim - borrowed from the F1 team, of course - accents the side panels, and continues its due diligence on the grille, doors, fog lights, and hub caps. Renault says that the new accenting gives the LCV lineup, “an undeniably sporty look;" at least, as sporty as one can get in a van.
Inside, designers gave the LCV range the same attention to detail as the exterior. A satin-finished center console pairs with a leather steering wheel and team-colored floor mats. The final result is an interior and exterior that would look right at home on the track… and that’s exactly the point.
Though not as race-ready as the 1994 Espace F1 concept, these special edition vans will sit trackside at upcoming F1 events for the rest of the 2016 season, particularly Viry Chatillon in France, and Easton in the U.K. Duties will range from assisting in transportation of guests and journalists to the race, as well as team logistics and equipment hauling.
For consumers, the limited edition series will be available at Renault dealerships throughout Europe beginning early 2017. No word on pricing just yet.