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The Renault 5 starts to slide, with the new concept car that reinterprets it. On the occasion of the Chantilly 2022 Concours d’Elegance, the iconic city car Losange is transformed into the Renault R5 Turbo 3E. This futuristic looking sports car has an electric motor and its behavior is adapted to the practice of drifting.

Presented to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Renault 5 of the name, this Renault R5 Turbo 3E pays homage to the legendary Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2. Its design is inspired by both the world of motorsport and gaming. The association is particularly spectacular, with this carbon fiber bodywork punctuated by air intakes at the rear fender level.

An imposing spoiler that hangs over the rear face

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Wider by 25 centimeters than the Turbo 2, this R5 Turbo 3E measures 2.02 meters wide by 4 meters long and 1.32 meters high. The wheelbase reaches 2.54 meters and the weight is a ton and a half. The front end design is characterized by a large shield with three air intakes, four square LED fog lights, as well as pink and blue colored LEDs that can light up and flash. In the profile, there are glass surfaces in pink plexiglass, while the rear has a huge spoiler. Aerodynamics are also reinforced by solid rims.

Two hours to recharge the 42 kWh battery

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While the design of Renault’s new concept car pays homage to past glories, it is intended to be functional. The manufacturer indicates in particular that the air intake dug into the hood incorporates a hatch for recharging the battery, located under the floor. Its capacity is also 42 kWh. The autonomy is not specified, but Renault guarantees that charging takes two hours on a 380V charger.

Accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds

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Described as a true bombinette, the new Renault R5 Turbo 3E has two electric motors, each associated with one of the two rear wheels. Total power is 280 kW, or about 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque. The Losange promises that the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The maximum speed is fixed at 200 km/h.

A vertical handbrake control for drifting

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Mounted on a tubular chassis, this rigid two-seater accommodates two carbon fiber racing seats equipped with seat belts on board. These seats, which feature a vintage tartan pattern, are made by specialist Sabelt. Drifting car obliges, the cabin of the R5 Turbo 3E contains a vertical control of the handbrake integrated in a yellow center console, as well as the exterior air intakes. The floor is in cork and the dashboard is partially covered in Alcântara.

She is inspired by pixel art and video games.

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Installed behind the wheel of this Renault R5 Turbo 3E concept car, the driver has ten screens in front of his eyes, which inevitably resemble the ten analogue dials of the Turbo 2. These little widgets can display “graphic expressions” that, according to Renault, are inspired by pixel art and glitch art. Video game inspiration is remembered for driving modes, which are called “turbo”, “donut” or even “invader track”. A teddy bear named Drifty is present on board to “comfort passengers seized by the power of the show car”. Of what act.

Accompanied by a virtual double in the form of NFT, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E is thus presented by the French manufacturer in Chantilly. It is subsequently shown at the Mondial de l’Auto in Paris from 17 to 23 October 2022.

5 questions about the French manufacturer’s concept

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What are your dimensions?

The Renault R5 Turbo 3E concept car is the direct descendant of the mythical R5 Turbo 2. The car is 25 centimeters wider, with an overall width set at 2.02 meters. It also measures 4 meters long and 1.32 meters high. Its wheelbase is 2.54 meters and its weight reaches one and a half tons, including batteries.

Is the new electric Renault 5 made for drifting?

Called R5 Turbo 3E, the new concept car inspired by the mythical Renault 5 is above all a drift car. Based on a tubular chassis, the car has a dual electric motorization whose 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque is transmitted only to the rear wheels. The cockpit houses a vertical handbrake control, to facilitate the realization of slides. A driving mode makes making donuts even easier!

What is your maximum speed?

Thanks to its 380 horsepower, the new electric R5 Turbo 3E is capable of reaching 200 km/h, according to Renault. The manufacturer also indicates that the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, or in 3.9 seconds when Drift mode is engaged.

How is the interior of the concept?

Inside the concept car that Renault is showing at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, only two seats are present. The seats of this two-seater firecracker display a vintage tartan pattern, while the floor is in cork and the dashboard is in Alcantara. That same panel accommodates ten small screens that take the form of widgets and replace the Turbo 2’s ten dials. Finally, a teddy bear called Drifty is present on board, just to comfort passengers who are not used to drifting.

What is the price of Renault R5 Turbo 3E?

With its futuristic design and drifter character, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E is destined to remain a concept car. Renault is therefore careful not to announce any release date, and another month a price for this sporty version of its legendary city car. This concept car is simply presented to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5.

in short

At first glance, the Renault 5 is not really a drift car. Le Losange takes the opposite view of this prejudice by presenting the Renault R5 Turbo 3E in 2022, an electric concept car that is directly inspired by the legendary R5 Turbo 2. With its aerodynamic design marked by a huge spoiler and prominent air intakes, this R5 Turbo 3E impresses. Based on a tubular chassis, the car has two electric motors whose 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque is transmitted to the rear wheels only. The R5 Turbo 3E accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and can reach a fixed top speed of 200 km/h. Inspired by pixel art, glitch art and video games, its interior contains a vertical handbrake control, for easy sliding. There are also ten small digital counters, which take the form of widgets. Presented at the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance, this Renault R5 Turbo 3E is also one of the stars of the manufacturer’s stand at the Paris Motor Show 2022.

Quentin Gueroult

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