Alright, first thing out of the way: I now know how to say “Renault”. It is pronounced “Ree-Nalt”. Just kidding. It is not pronounced in the same way as a famous French painter, nor does it rhyme with “Hey Now!”. It is “reh-no”, and I am sending my thanks to the many of you that helped me after I tried to pronounce it on my Lamley G Case Unboxing video.
It happened this time, and I promise you it will happen again. When you do case unboxings, you have no idea what is coming, and there is a very good chance you will mispronounce or misread something. So I honestly appreciate the corrections. I will just say this. The majority of you are still pronouncing “hakosuka” wrong. Look it up.
Alright, moving on. What a surprise this model is! When the 2016 Hot Wheels lineup was announced, this was one of the first models I earmarked to beware of. European race cars have seemed to be common targets for the upsloped-chin syndrome, and the Renault seemed to be another prime candidate. The philosophy at Hot Wheels lately has seemed to be that anything race-related had to be completely designed for the orange track, which meant distorted bodies and a track loop-friendly front chin.
Well, I am sure as I pronounced my warnings, the designers at Hot Wheels were snickering a bit, looking forward to me getting a little pie in the face, because this model is a wonderfully realistic looking race car, and it is easily one of the best new models of 2016.
The first you notice, fortunately or unfortunately, is the front. No upsloped chin. Hallelujah. Next, no large rear wheel. Those are the things we are glad are not there. Now for the things that are. That spoiler, with the embossed “Renault” in the wing. The stance. The details.
Of course it is expected that on a $1 car there won’t be more detail on the front and rear, but there are details in the casting. Maybe one day we see a premium version with Real Riders, and won’t that be a treat.
I won’t do too much more writing, and let the photos show the rest. Who knows what prompted the idea to make this car more realistic and less track-friendly, whether it was an in-house decision or pushed by Renault. Whatever prompted it, it is a most welcome decision. The Renault has some tough competition for Best New Model of 2016, but it is easily one of the most surprising. This was not what I expected, and I am thrilled about it…
The last two Renaults from Hot Wheels: