Wild power in an electric version: how is the car that connects history with the future

The Renault 5 Turbo 3E is the most extreme conceptual version of a car that will be all-electric and will hit the market in 2025

Associating the words turbo and electric seems like a contradiction when we talk about cars. The turbo is a way of powering a thermal engine, to inject more fuel under pressure to improve combustion performance. And an electric car is the opposite. So on the side of logic there is no need to find an answer to the name of this progress that Renault has shown and which will be one of the unveilings at the Paris Motor Show in mid-October: the R5 Turbo 3E.

But when you see the design and hear the name, it’s much more understandable that they called it that. It’s nothing more and nothing less than one of many tributes to the famous Renault 5 that celebrated its golden jubilee in 2022and of which the French brand will launch a new all-electric generation in 2025.

The most famous Renault 5 Turbo, in the 80s, shone in the French, European and World Rally Championships
The most famous Renault 5 Turbo, in the 80s, shone in the French, European and World Rally Championships

The R5 Turbo 3E is also electric, but it is a concept car, intended as the most extreme version of the future electric Renault 5, a car to drift without polluting emissions. Drifting is probably a form of motorsport that, by the mere fact of controlled skidding, that is, with a controlled slip of the rear wheels, burns fuel even over other competition cars, moving faster but without that “pass of laps” that is necessary to take a car sideways. The rear wheels much more voluminous than the front wheels They show the same quality as a car designed to push with a lot of force and stick out the tail.

The conception of a tubular structure like that of racing carscovered with a body designed by the “super designer” Gilles Vidalthe father of the new Renault aesthetic, did not arrive until November 2020, after almost 25 years with Citroën and Peugeot.

Larger rear wheels and a large spoiler to better support the powertrain, exclusive to the rear of a car designed for drifting
Larger rear wheels and a large spoiler to better support the powertrain, exclusive to the rear of a car designed for drifting

Technically, the The R5 Turbo 3E has an electric motor at the rear that produces 380 hp with a torque of 700 NM and a weight of 980 kg.that allows you to speed up from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds or reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. In addition, it has a 42 kWh batteryand to make it even more fun mode “operation”the front axle has more than 50 degrees of turning ability.

However, it is not this specialty that inspired the shape of this electric concept car, but that of a category that had a short but very successful life in the 1980s called Silhouettes and featured cars with high aerodynamic loads both front and rear, and where a hatchback car like the Renault 5 turbo needed a spoiler sticking out of the body line for performance comparable to that of much larger vehicles such as an Audi 100, BMW 323 or even a huge Peugeot 505.

In the mid-1980s, the Renault 5 Turbo entered the Silhouettes category, the French Superturismo, and had to use a large rear spoiler to match larger models.
In the mid-1980s, the Renault 5 Turbo entered the Silhouettes category, the French Superturismo, and had to use a large rear spoiler to match larger models.

Inside, camouflaged among so many electronics and unobtrusive because it is a racing car, the dashboard is also inspired by the first Renault 5.with those straight lines, large surfaces and trays as a way to give it an innovative shape and fulfill the function of multiple storage compartments that made the model distinctive.

The interior is digital but at the same time retro, with the design of the Renault 5 dashboards and ten mini screens to give the driver-pilot information on all parameters
The interior is digital but at the same time retro, with the design of the Renault 5 dashboards and ten mini screens to give the driver-pilot information on all parameters

It only remains to wait until mid-October and meet in the paris salonhow much more should the . to show R5 turbo 3E and the official launch of lto electric generation of the R5which is part of the new policy of total electrification announced by Renault for 2030and that includes restoring history and giving batteries a new life.

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