Marseille, France - Renault decided to celebrate the French Grand Prix this past weekend with a one off concept vehicle that’s based on the furthest thing from F1 prowess and dynamics - a double cab bakkie!

Revealed at the F1 Fan Festival in Marseille over the weekend, the Alaskan ‘Formula Edition’ double cab gets a colour scheme inspired by Renault’s own F1 car, complete with full black bodywork and contrasting gold accents on the front bumper, grille and lower doors. Black wheels with gold caps and a black sports bar complete the visual upgrades.

And yet that’s about as sporty as it gets, with no performance or chassis upgrades having taken place.

Much like Merc’s X-Class, the Alaskan is based on alliance-partner Nissan’s Navara pick-up, and powered by its 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine.

The Alaskan is expected to go on sale in South Africa later in 2018, although further details have yet to be confirmed.

No doubt we’ll be spared this ‘F1’ edition, and yet before you laugh at the association Renault is making here (although it could certainly make a neat support vehicle), Renault does at least offer a more appropriate F1 inspired car in the form of the Clio RS 18 F1.

This baby hatch bombshell was recently launched in SA, and you can read more about it here.

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