Right from the start, the Renault 5 Turbo was a much admired and desirable car. Unveiled at the 1978 Paris Motor show, as a mock up, it attracted a lot of attention. The mid-engine turbocharged, rear wheel drive bomb was built on a modified city car chassis (the little R5). One month later a prototype was driven hard on track by rally star Guy Frequelin.
Three prototypes were then built at Dieppe, the third one being put into service at the Giro d'Italia 1979, the very first race of the much anticipated little french bomb.
It was clear that the car was born as a race car, which later needed to be produced as a road car to be homologated for competition.
It could have seemed a crazy decision, but Renault gave the green light to produce the R5 Turbo from may 1980.
The legend was born.
Renault is a pioneer in Turbo technology. Equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine from 1975, the A442 prototype would finally win the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1978, proving that Renault was on top of the world endurance championship.
Simultaneously, Renault launched the RS01 Formula 1 in 1977. Often mocked by the other F1 team due to a lack of reliability in the early days, Renault would again prove to the world that Turbocharging was the way to go, even in F1, by winning the first F1 GP ever with a Turbo car in 1979.
The R5 Turbo would then benefit from the vast experience gained by Renault in Turbo technology in the most prestigious races in the world.
A GIANT KILLER
The R5 Turbo first left its mark on the world rally championship by winning the 1981 Monte-Carlo rally with the legendary Jean Ragnotti behind the wheel. That victory would be the first of a long series. It also won the 1982 Tour de Corse, the 1984 Tour de France Automobile, the 1985 Tour de Corse with Ragnotti, the 1986 Tour de France Automobile, and finished 2nd at the 1986 Tour de Corse with Chatriot. Not to mention the countless victories in European and national rally championships all over the world.
In 1985 and 1986, when the R5 Turbo was in the ultimate Maxi specifications, it could still beat the most fierce Group B competitors, the Lancia 037 and Delta S4, Peugeot 205 T16 evo1 and Evo2, Porsche 911 SC/RS, or the Audi Quattro.
In 1987, the track version of the R5 turbo, built for the French superproduction championship won the title with Erik Comas. The little R5 again won against 600 HP Peugeot and Audi.
TURBO REVOLUTION RESTORATION PROGRAM
Restoring the legend into a new 21st century icon embodies an homage to the legendary R5 Turbo, by using state of the art technology in a re-designed package, while keeping the DNA of the original car.
The Turbo Revolution restoration program for the R5 Turbo gives rise to a sports car for the road, that is able to perform like no other on a Monte Carlo rally stage, or on a fast lap at Laguna Seca.
The Turbo Revolution restoration program means pure driving sensations. Everything on the car has been restored, and re-worked to bring the best performance, better handling, and very high build quality, while retaining the soul of the original car : re-designed engine, gearbox and suspensions, bespoke bodywork and luxurious interior. The legend is back.