Matthew Jones16 May 2011

What a 1978 Renault 4 truly needs: 225bhp

French lunatics build Clio V6-powered R4 for Gumball Rally

What a 1978 Renault 4 truly needs: 225bhp

The picture above is a Renault 4 body that’s been grafted onto a 225bhp Clio V6 chassis. With nitrous. Which is ridiculous. But the kind of engineering idiocy that we can only endorse.
 
Gallery: Clio V6-powered R4

Named ‘Project Old to New’, it's being built by Parisian car modifiers L'Ecurie to compete in the Gumball 3000 rally, which lunges with its usual guffaws and stuffed wallets into Europe from its Covent Garden start line in ten days.
 
Only thing is, the 225bhp retro cannonball isn't technically finished. Which might be a bit awkward for the event's only French participants, L'Ecurie founder Patrice Meignan and Technical Director Jérémy Taltaud.
 
You can follow the build here. Reckon they'll get it ready in time?  

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