This year marks the 50th anniversary of the particular Renault 5, an iconic economy hatchback built from 1972-84. Over the summer we saw the Renault R5 Diamant , a design-infused take on the original car. On Sunday at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 contest in France, Renault unveiled its follow-up, and electric drift car called the R5 Turbocharged 3E.
For those who don’t remember the Renault 5, perhaps the name “Le Car” will ring more of a bell. Marketed in the U. S. as such from 1976-83, it unfortunately didn’t meet with the same success it had within Europe. We say regrettably because it meant we were denied one of the craziest hot hatches ever built, the Renault 5 Turbo and Turbocharged 2 .
Whereas the standard Renault 5 was a front-engined, front-wheel-drive compact hatchback, the Turbo models had their 158-horsepower forced induction four-bangers placed in the back where the rear seats should have gone. Mounted on the rear suspension of an Alpine A310, this transformed the particular car into a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout. This necessitated the dramatic widening of the trunk wheel flares and intakes to cool the particular engine, plus Renault commissioned Bertone in order to create the bodywork.
Renault built the Turbo models to compete in Group 3 and Group 4 classes of the World Rally Championship. According to Octane , Renault made 1, 820 associated with the original Turbo and 3, 167 Turbo 2 models. The latter featured fewer exclusive parts but are nonetheless coveted by collectors today. Author Dominique Pascal says one, 000 five Turbos were originally slated for the particular U. S. market, but the deal fell through.
The Renault R5 Turbocharged 3E carries on the spirit of the original Turbos as a rear-wheel-drive two-seater constructed for performance. The 3E nomenclature is a nod to this being the particular third “Turbo” and the E stands for electrical. Obviously, with a battery powertrain there’s no turbo per se. The 42 kWh cells are usually mounted behind the front seats where the original’s engine has been, and power is fed to a pair of electric motors making 280 kilowatts (380 horsepower) plus 516 pound-feet of torque. 0-62 miles per hour comes in just 3. 5 seconds and top speed comes at 124 mph.
Renault says built the particular R5 Turbo 3E with the express purpose of drifting. Perhaps they were inspired by corporate partner Nissan’s many chassis popular with drifters, but more likely they’re just trying to grab the fleeting attention of gamers and social media hounds. As such, there are 10 built-in mounting spots for action cameras to capture the car’s sliding antics. LED lights mounted front side and back flash inside pink, yellow and blue when the vehicle starts drifting for that maximum 80s vibe so popular along with the youths today. Even the Plexiglass window are tinted pink. The particular predecessor’s 10-gauge dash has given way to a 10-screen dash with icons seemingly inspired by Super Mario Bros.
Unlike the original, the 3E is built upon a tube frame framework with a carbon fiber body draped over the skeleton. Other mainstays of drift machines can be found throughout the particular build. An extreme steering angle turns the wheels over 50 degrees in each direction. An upright quick-grab handbrake locks up the rear tires. A giant wing, tow hooks plus vaguely 80s-inspired aero disc wheels round out the package. Oh, and of course there’s an NFT component to it.
It’s the exact opposite associated with the Renault R5 Diamant, which had been packed with traditional French crafts and design that have been around for centuries. However, it seems Renault’s bet in order to appeal to modern tastes paid off, as the car won the Public Award in the Chantilly Arts & Elegance festival.