2006 Renault Altica


2006 Renault Altica

2006 Renault Altica

Renault has taken the wraps off its new concept car, Altica, a sporty estate that combines flowing lines with a spacious interior. Its dynamic stance is underpinned by a long bonnet and curved forms, while its interior ensures outstanding load capacity.

Altica’s sports pedigree is reinforced by its scissor doors, the form of which ensures easy access to this low vehicle. A panoramic windscreen and rear window underline the car’s flowing lines while two-tone paintwork asserts Altica’s identity. Comprised of a mosaic of transparent panes, the rear quarter lights suggest forward movement.
Altica’s interior mirrors its sporty exterior design. The suspended drive station is held in place by four profiled rods that hint at the world of Formula 1. The transparent roof and panoramic windscreen enusre brightly-lit cabin. The mosaic design of the rear quarter lights allows sunlight to filter into the cabin much like it does through stained glass windows and gives the interior a more welcoming feel.

Altica’s interior mirrors its sporty exterior design. The suspended drive station is held in place by four profiled rods that hint at the world of Formula 1. The transparent roof and panoramic windscreen enusre brightly-lit cabin. The mosaic design of the rear quarter lights allows sunlight to filter into the cabin much like it does through stained glass windows and gives the interior a more welcoming feel.

Instead of the seats, which are fixed, it is the drive station and pedal assembly that adjust to match the driver’s physique thanks to a motorized mechanism. The height-adjustable centre armrest deploys automatically as the driver sits down.

Altica’s new 177hp 2.0 dCi particulate filter-equipped diesel engine takes the car from a standing start to 100kph in just 7.5s. This powerplant, which boasts maximum torque of 380Nm, provides excellent pull-away and mid-range acceleration.

Located at the extremity of the roof at the point where the vehicle and the passing air flow separate, a discreet mechanical system generates jets of air which are alternately blown and sucked through a 2mm wide slit. Known as Synthetic Jet, the system actively controls the separation of the air flow according to the vehicle’s speed. This innovative technique, which reduces drag and controls the structure of the air flow, is a registered Renault patent and reduces the car’s Cd at 80mph by 15% for an energy consumption of just 10W.

Story by Renault, edited by Supercars.net

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Concept / Prototype Car
built at France
production 1
engine Diesel Inline-4
position Front Tranverse
power 132.0 kw / 177 bhp
bhp/weight 136.15 bhp per tonne
torque 380 nm / 280.3 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm
driven wheels FWD
front tires 245 / 35 – ZR21
rear tires 245 / 35 – ZR21
curb weight 1300 kg / 2866 lbs
wheelbase 2620 mm / 103.1 in
front track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
rear track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
length 4270 mm / 168.1 in
width 1830 mm / 72.0 in
height 1360 mm / 53.5 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual