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Renault R5 Turbo 3E: a crazy, retro concept dedicated to drifting!

Renault revives the R5 Turbo! Le Losange unveils a delirious and electric show car. Objective: drift!

This year, the Renault 5 celebrates its 50th anniversary. That, if you follow the automotive news, you surely already know it: difficult to miss this anniversary given the debauchery of means put in place by Renault. Large format exhibition at Rétromobile, cheeky pink R5 Diamant concept, approval of a retrofit, or even our test of a very first R5: the Losange puts the dishes in the big ones.

Renault R5 Turbo 3E: a beast of drift!

But this time, Renault has gone a step further. Here indeed la R5 Turbo 3E, a completely crazy concept but very real! Unsurprisingly, this concept is a direct tribute to the R5 Turbo and Turbo 2 of the 80s, these sassy creations designed to dominate the world of rallies. From a distance, the look is quite similar. But technically, nothing to see. Let the purists be reassured: Renault has not modified an existing R5 Turbo, but is started from a blank sheet. The chassis is tubular and incorporates an FIA-approved roll bar. Everything is covered witha deliciously neo-retro bodywork in carbon fiber.

Everything weighs only 980 kg… If we do not count the batteries, alone 520 kg strong, for a weight of 1,500 kg all included. Because yes, the R5 Turbo 3E is electric, at the time, with a total capacity of 42 kWh. Its engine, at the rear as on the original, provides 380 ch and above all 700 Nm of torque. What to promise 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds according to Renault.

A look inspired by video games and the 80s

Outside, we discover a huge rear spoiler and a spectacular diffuser. The front is not outdone, but you will surely have a little surprise when trying to turn on the headlights: they have been replaced by cameras ! We still find the fog lamps in their traditional square shape. They are here composed of pixel-like LEDs. Is the livery inspired by historic Renault colors in competition (white, black, yellow), remixed with video game sauce from the 80s.

A theme that is also found inside, with ten small screens with 80s-style graphics. The rest of the cabin is dominated by bucket seats, and above all a handbrake. Because yes, the R5 Turbo 3E is dedicated to drifting ! Everything has been thought out to facilitate drifts and make the tires smoke, up to a specific Drift mode, and especially the front wheels which can turn up to more than 50°. Enough to make Jean Ragnotti salivateworld specialist in 360 R5 Turbo…

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You will soon be able to see the R5 Turbo 3E!

And yes, despite numerous references to video games and a more than surprising achievement, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E is very real. You can discover it from this Sunday, September 25 at Chantilly Art & Eleganceor directly to Paris World Cupfrom October 17 to 23.

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