Renault Turbo
Renault watched the success of the Lancia Stratos in the World Rally Championship and Vice President Jean Terramorsi decided that a mid-engined Renault was needed. Taking the Renault 5 hatchback as a base, Marc Deschamps of Bertone started work on the project, but deferred to ex-Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini who had already moved to Renault to design the extraordinary rear. The car took out the engine from under the bonnet and replaced it with a 1397cc turbocharged engine sitting in the rear of the car driving the rear wheels. The Renault 5 Turbo was launched at the 1980 Brussels Motor Show, and won its first WRC event in the 1981 Monte Carlo Rallye, 3 more victories followed. Renault used the Alpine factory at Dieppe to manufacture the car. After 400 lightweight Renault 5 Turbos were built for homologation, a second edition of the Renault 5 Turbo was built as 'Turbo 2' which used more production parts and less lightweight items. 3500 Renault 5 Turbos were built from 1980 to 1984
Renault Race
Renault Race
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi. The multi-lamp set up was only given to the 'Turbo Maxi' cars for Rallying. Renault 5 Turbos were also raced on circuits with much plainer bodywork
Renault 5 Turbo 1980
Renault 5 Turbo 1980
Renault 5 Turbo 1980. This is a rare right-hand drive Series I Renault Turbo developed by the factory at Dieppe.
Renault 5 Turbo 1980
Renault 5 Turbo 1980
Renault 5 Turbo 1980. Marcello Gandini was involved in the design of the Renault 5 turbo, chiefly the rear styling which this Series I has in pure form without the later 'Maxi' additions.
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi. Wearing the full 'Maxi' bodywork this is the ultimate Renault 5 Turbo
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
Renault 5 Turbo Maxi. The 'Maxi' bodykit helped to produce more downforce on the rear wheels for greater grip