a real demo
At the 1990 Paris Motor Show, Renault unveiled its Laguna Concept Car, or Laguna CC. A showcase for both technology and passion, this fun and sporty concept car featured an uncompromising bonnet-less design backed by a 2-litre 210-horsepower engine.
Passion and technology being central to Renault Laguna CC, the vehicle featured many innovations, mainly in the field of safety. It included a tubular chassis at the front to absorb impacts in case of an accident, as well as a tubular chassis at the rear, supporting the engine and other mechanical components. Between the two chassis was a honeycomb composite cell. Renault Laguna CC also boasted a unique retractable crash bar that can be activated in just two tenths of a second. The result was an enhanced, streamlined look in place of the unsightly crash bar usually fitted on cabriolets at the time.
Most striking about Renault Laguna CC is its lack of windscreen (a design that would inspire another windscreen-less model, Renault Spider). In its place, the brand offered passengers special “stereo cruising” headsets with a futuristic eye shield and built-in headphones playing electronic music (imagine Daft Punk!).
Imagine you are wearing the futuristic Renault Laguna CC headset to discover the sounds of this concept car.
Designed as a sort of sporty “tray” with two tubular chassis, a rear-mounted engine and no windscreen, Renault Laguna CC boasts a sporty and futuristic look, which is also reflected in the dashboard, with its creative shapes, materials and colours. Deceptively stripped, the dashboard is an essential part of the sensorial escape aspect of the vehicle.
Renault created this concept car to show off its technological innovations as well as its passion for all things automotive. Apparently, the brand succeeded, as Renault Laguna CC was awarded the automotive passion degree from the international automotive centre, co-signed by F1 driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
- Performance and engine
turbocharged 4-cylinder inline
- dimensionsLength 4.11 mWidth 1.83 mHeight 0,99 m
- little sport “tray” sitting on two tubular chassis
- rear mid-engine
- no windscreen
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While Renault Laguna CC did not move forward as a production vehicle, its windscreen-less structure would inspire the Renault Sport Spider model, launched in 1996. Similarly, in 1994, the brand presented the Argos concept car, also a two-seater “tray”-like model, which aimed to show Renault’s future stylistic approaches. In 1996, the brand introduced the Renault ZO concept car, a small roadster with a wind deflector rather than a windscreen. (Are you beginning to see the pattern?). The brand would ultimately drop the design elements (with the lack of windscreen and “tray”-like appearance) but keep the Laguna name for the mass-produced sedan, which as of 1994 would replace Renault 21 for three generations.