Renault 5 Turbo hooning it up

Looks like a real hoot- and by all indications, an incredible car. A mid-engine, RWD hatchback? Wow.

The 5 Turbo featured a mid-mounted 1397cc Cléon turbocharged engine placed behind the driver in mid-body in a modified Renault 5 chassis. Driven by Jean Ragnotti the R5 Turbo won the Monte Carlo Rally on its first outing in the World Rally Championship. The 2WD R5 turbo soon faced the competition of new Group B four-wheel drive cars that proved faster on dirt. However, it remained among the fastest of its era on tarmac where it was highly successful. In 2004, Sports Car International named the R5 Turbo number nine on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1980s (source).

For the record, here’s the rest of that Top Sports Cars of the 1980s list. Not shabby company at all.

  1. Porsche 959
  2. Ferrari 288 GTO
  3. VW Rabbit GTI
  4. Audi Quattro
  5. Ferrari F40
  6. BMW M3
  7. Porsche 911 Carrera
  8. Toyota MR2
  9. Renault 5 Turbo
  10. Lamborghini Countach

Images: chrisharrison.smugmug.com


~ by velofinds on February 10, 2010.

2 Responses to “Renault 5 Turbo hooning it up”

  1. I drove one once at an autocross. Essentially a go kart. Love to have one in my garage one day. PS what happened to your header? no picture anymore?

  2. hmm, we never had a picture in our header..

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