Renault R5 Turbo 3E

R5 TURBO 3E, born to drift

“A pop year full of surprises” is what Renault promised when it launched the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Renault 5.Renault took part in the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, Rétromobile motor show, Le Mans Classic and other festive jamborees before then unveiling its Renault 5 Diamant electric show-car. Now the brand will stage the R5 TURBO 3E’s worldwide premiere at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 contest, taking place on 25th September.

This all-electric show car’s contribution to the Renault 5’s 50th anniversary celebrations is a contemporary take and tribute to the most celebrated sports versions – the Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2. It has been named R5 TURBO 3E because it follows the Turbo 2 with the “E” standing for electric.

R5 TURBO 3E is engineered for performance and tracks. It’s an all-electric, rear-wheel drive, pure drifter. Like its iconic predecessor, it is strictly a two-seater. However, the rear now houses the powertrain – two electric motors, each moving one of the wheels, with the batteries in the middle under the floor.

R5 TURBO 3E is built on a tubular chassis, protected by a flat base and shielded by roll bars approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The motor has 280 kW (eq. 380 hp) of total power and 700 Nm of instantly available torque.

This new-generation R5 Turbo 2 can reach a top speed of 124mph. Its 42 kWh battery has plenty of capacity for several laps or a raging gymkhana. In these situations, it has a 50-plus steering angle so it’s easier to dodge obstacles.

To record the R5 TURBO 3E performance, it comes with 10 mounting brackets for cameras inside and outside – for instance in the slots for the headlights and for the exterior mirrors, which are perfect to get the best footage of its drifting prowess.

Length: 4.006 m including the rear spoiler
Width: 2.02 m
Height: 1.32 m
Wheelbase: 2.54 m
Front overhang: 625 mm
Rear overhang: 740 mm

Chassis: tubular (+ flat base + FIAapproved roll bar)
Weight: 980 kg (+ 520 kg of batteries)
Front tyres: 225 x 35 R19
Rear tyres: 325 x 25 R20

Powertrain: All-electric
Power: 280 kW (eq. 380 hp)
Torque: 700 Nm
Battery: 42 kWh lithium-ion
Full charge: 2 hours with a 380V/32A charger
Top speed: 200 km/h
0 to 100 km/h: 3.5 sec (3.9 sec in Drift mode)

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