Renault may market this electric R5 Turbo

On the occasion of the Paris Motor Show, Renault boss Luca de Meo announced that he wanted to market the R5 Turbo 3E. And race in the WRC.

Renault R5 Turbo 3E

Article updated on October 18, 2022 : We were able to discuss the concept of the Renault R5 Turbo 3E during the motor show in Paris. On this occasion, the boss of Renault announced to the press that it would potentially be possible to market this compact but extraordinary electric car.

Luca de Meo specified that “nIt remains only to find space in the budgets, even if business is going better than expected. Maybe we could develop it… It would be perfect to make it the top of the range for Renault”.

The future Renault R5 in this Turbo 3E sport version could even have its place in the WRC championship. But for that, it would be necessary to review the regulations of this discipline to authorize electric cars.

Original article from September 22, 2022 : Renault continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its R5 with a totally crazy new electric concept designed for drifting. It will be revealed in a few days at Chantilly.

Like all builders, Renault will also become a 100% electric brand from 2030, while thermal cars will no longer be allowed for sale in Europe until 2035. But that’s not why the diamond company is giving up its past. And for good reason, while 2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Renault 5, the brand is multiplying tributes to its 1970s star.

A crazy new concept

To tell the truth, it had already started last year, because in January 2021, the brand presented its R5 Prototype, a concept that announces a future production model, scheduled for 2024. Last July, it was another version of the city car. that had been presented. Called the R5 Diamant, this is a unique model created by designer Pierre Gonalons and again with an electric motor.

A few months later, the company returns to the charge by revealing the R5 Turbo 3E, a 100% electric showcar whose “3” marks the continuation of the Turbo 2 from 1983. Designed by the teams of Gilles Vidal, the brand’s style director, this new creation has a carbon fiber body, which takes up the design of the original version.

This exuberant reinterpretation then presents a width of 2.02 meters, or 25 centimeters more than its predecessor, for 4 meters in length and 1.32 meters in height. Front and rear, pink, blue and yellow LEDs light up when the car is rolling or drifting. Inspired by the video game world of the 80s and 90s, this concept also cleverly hides its charging socket in the hood air intake.

On board, the driver and passenger sit on Racing Seat carbon fiber seats, while ten small digital screens display various driving-related information, again inspired by retro gaming.

designed for drift

Equipped with a tubular structure protected by a flat bottom, as explained in the brand’s press release, this R5 Turbo 3E is equipped with a propulsion architecture, designed for drift. A total of two electric motors are used to drive the concept, developing a total power of 280 kW, i.e. the equivalent of 380 horsepower, for a torque of 700 Nm.

0 to 100 km/h is then reached in 3.5 seconds (3.9 seconds in Drift mode) for a displayed top speed of 200 km/h. Finally, the sports car has a battery of 42 kWh, although its autonomy has not been communicated. Various driving modes are offered, called Turbo, Track Invader and Donut, to achieve 360°.

The concept is also equipped withten mounting points for installing on-board cameras inside the driver’s compartment as well as outside. If this totally racy vehicle is unfortunately not seen on the day of the series, it will be visible to the public during the Chantilly elegance contest taking place this Sunday, as well as at the Paris Motor Show from October 17th to 23rd. Finally, a collection of NFTs around this concept will also be offered for sale.

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