The Renault R5 Turbo 3E impresses – The unveiling at the Paris Motor Show – Watch video


The Plexiglas windows are tinted pink and a ‘La vie en rose’ decal on the rear left window adds a sweet touch to the overall look

The Renault R5 Turbo 3E, is designed for high performance on the track, as it is a drift car, fully electric and rear-wheel drive. Like its iconic predecessor, it’s strictly a two-seater. The rear houses the powertrain – two electric motors, one for each wheel, with the batteries in the middle, under the floor.

It has a tubular frame, with a flat base and roll bar approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The engine has a total power of 380 hp and 700 Nm of immediately available torque.

At the same time, it does 0-100 km in just 3.5΄΄ (3.9΄΄ in Drift program) and reaches a top speed of 200 km/h. The battery has a capacity of 42 kWh, while the angle of the steering wheel exceeds 50 degrees, so that it is easier to avoid obstacles in the case of technical drifting.

To make performance recording easier, it has 10 camera mounts inside and outside – at the light positions and outside mirror mounts, which are ideal for getting the best side-on view of the course.

It is undeniably part of the R5 heritage. The characteristic air intakes of the Turbo 2 in the rear wings have here been captured in a new, distinctive way. The new body is 2.02 meters wide (25 cm wider than its predecessor), 4 meters long and 1.32 meters high. Its most impressive feature is the huge rear spoiler, which makes sure to keep the car “screwed” to the ground, even in the most intense sideslips.

The large air intakes in its front bumper take care of the cooling of the electric motors and increase the downforce. The three vertical sections are reminiscent of the bumper of the Renault 5 Turbo 2. The square fog lights seem to take us ‘back in time’ – but now there are four and each contains 16 LEDs.

Front and rear stand out pink, blue and yellow LED strips, which flash when the car skids, adding a 1980s and 1990s video game vibe. Retro video games also provided the inspiration for the camouflage decals that adorn the body. Finally, the Plexiglas windows are tinted pink and a sticker that reads “La vie en rose” on the rear left window adds a sweet touch to the overall look.

The historical references in its design are anything but nostalgic. Despite their modern and playful aura, they give the car a thoroughly modern character. For example, the hood vent – another note of connection with the Renault 5 Turbo 2 – houses the opening for the battery charging slot. And the transparent parts of the body – especially those above the taillights – allow the observer to admire the model’s electric motor.

Inside, the spirit of the era prevails, with a combination of elements from motor racing, videogames and the image of the iconic Renault 5 and Renault 5 Turbo 2 of the past.

The carbon fiber racing bucket seats, seat belts and steering wheel are the result of the collaboration with the Sabelt company. The imposing vertical handbrake lever – a feature of cars intended for drifting – is located in the middle of the center console which is painted in a strong ‘pop’ yellow shade. The same yellow is combined with pink to add sparkle to the gray and black tartan – another nod to the upholstery of the 1980s models – on the seats and dashboard. There’s also a logo – which lights up – in the center of the steering wheel. All these colorful touches are contrasted with the black cork floor covering, while the upper part of the dashboard and door panels are covered in Alcantara.

The Renault R5 Turbo 3E will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show (October 17-23).


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