French automaker Renault will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 4 model by launching a design competition to create a modern-day version of the classic car. Before that, however, the Renault 4 will be racing its way to the Bonneville Salt Flats by their team dubbed "Triplets de Bonneville". It aims to be the fastest van ever produced by the French automaker. It will be getting a nice 290hp boost under the thick turquoise hood from a turbocharged engine with a top speed of 174 mph.
The racer will also be appropriately fitted with a roll cage, single bucket seats, special harness and a braking parachute located in the roof. The engine comes from a 1983 Renault 5 touring car. Living up to their sponsor, we think Renault should at least consider changing the van's name to the 5 since that's the first digit on a MasterCard credit card, whose logo is plastered on the turquoise hood. Either way, the Renault 4 looks to charge its way into the salt flats this September 14th to 17th.