Renault R5 TURBO 3E: Born to drift at Chantilly Arts & Elegance

Renault promised “a pop year full of surprises” when it kicked off celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5, one of its most recognizable icons, in January 2022. Renault took part in the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, the Rétromobile Motor Show, Le Mans Classic and other festive jamborees before then unveiling its Renault 5 Diamant electric show car. Now the brand will host the world premiere of the Renault R5 TURBO 3E at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 competition, which will take place on September 25th.

This all-electric show car’s contribution to the Renault 5 50th anniversary celebrations is a contemporary take and homage to the most famous sports versions – the Renault 5 Turbo and the Turbo 2. It was named the R5 TURBO 3E because it was dedicated to the Turbo 2 followed by “E” stands for electric.

Gilles Vidal, Renault Vice President Design said: “The Renault 5 TURBO 3E combines ultra-technological design and idiosyncratic exuberance with numerous nods to the world of car racing and video games. This combination drives the show car into modernity and technology and moves on the border between real and virtual worlds. This all-electric “drifter” proves that electric cars can still be fun with incredible performance!”

The R5 TURBO 3E is another example of the ‘electric rebirth’ of a flagship model alongside the Renault 5 Prototype. Renault is electrifying its history to better prepare its all-electric future in Europe by 2030.

This reinterpretation of the Renault 5 Turbo 2 is deliberately exuberant and at the top of its class in terms of performance. It will be a head-turner at the Elegance Competition in Chantilly and fits perfectly with the ethos of this gathering, a hybrid of ‘the automobile of the future and fashion’.

During the parade, the model and driver accompanying the R5 TURBO 3E will wear previously unreleased suits designed by La Fameuse, a fashion designer who has made a name for himself by transforming existing garments into unique sporty and stylish attire . These suits will use Renault’s vintage insignia and colors and will feature original logos and branded t-shirts combined with today’s style. They were designed as opposites and counterparts: white for the woman and black for the man, with the opposite color on the arm and leg bands; with X-shaped inserts on the woman’s legs and diamond-shaped inserts on the man’s legs. In keeping with the sportswear universe, the fabric is padded and combined with a printed Renault monogram.

Renault R5 TURBO 3E: A high performer for drifting

The R5 TURBO 3E was designed for performance and distance. It’s an all-electric, pure, rear-wheel-drive drifter. Like its iconic predecessor, it is a pure two-seater. The rear, however, now houses the powertrain – two electric motors, each moving one of the wheels, with the batteries in the center 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 engine has a total output of 280 kW (corresponds to 380 hp) and 700 Nm of torque that is immediately available.

This new generation R5 Turbo 2 can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Its 42 kWh battery has enough capacity for several laps or a raging gymkhana. In these situations, it has a steering angle greater than 50, making it easier to avoid obstacles.

To record the performance of the R5 TURBO 3E, it comes with 10 mounts for cameras inside and outside – for example in the slots for the headlights and for the exterior mirrors, which are perfect for optimally capturing its drifting abilities.

Exuberance, fun and iconic references

“A work of art with exaggerated lines inspired by the video game universe, with references to the Renault 5 and Renault 5 Turbo both inside and out.” That was the brief for the teams working with Sandeep Bhambra, Chief Designer for Renault Concept Cars, on the R5 TURBO 3E show car.

The bonnet, doors and cockpit have the same shape as the predecessor – but this time the body is made of carbon fiber. So R5 TURBO 3E is unmistakably part of the dynasty. It also has a fresh take on the Turbo 2’s iconic air intakes on the rear fenders. It is 2.02 meters wide (25 cm more than its predecessor), 4 meters long and 1.32 meters high. Its most striking feature is its huge rear spoiler, which pulls the car down even during the wildest drifts.

The large air intakes on the front bumper of the R5 TURBO 3E cool the engine and increase downforce. The three vertical sections are immediately reminiscent of the Renault 5 Turbo 2’s bumper. The square fog lights look very similar to those from ‘before’ – but now there are four and each contains 16 LEDs.

There are also pink, blue and amber LED strips front and rear that flash when the car is drifting, adding a 1980s and 1990s video game vibe. Retro video games also provided the inspiration for the camouflage stickers that decorate the body. Finally, the plexiglass windows are pink, and a “La vie en rose” sticker on the rear left pane lends a sweet je-ne-sais-quoi to the appearance of this showcar.

The references to history in the design of the R5 TURBO 3E are the opposite of nostalgia. On the contrary, their contemporary and playful treatment pushes the show car into the modern age: the air inlet on the bonnet houses the opening for the battery charging socket – another nod to the Renault 5 Turbo 2. And the see-through parts of the body – particularly those above the taillights – provide windows to admire the show car’s electrical mechanism.

Pop and gaming mood

Inside the R5 TURBO 3E show car, there is a modern and cheerful combination of motorsport hallmarks, video games and of course the iconic Renault 5 and Renault 5 Turbo 2 and their time.

The carbon fiber racing bucket seats, seat belt and steering wheel are the result of teamwork with Sabelt1. The imposing, upright parking brake lever – a mainstay of the Drifter car – in the middle of the center console, which is eminently “bright yellow”. The same yellow melds with pink to add sparkle to the grey-and-black tartan – a nod to the 1980s – on the seats and dashboard. The tartan, in turn, creates a visual effect based on the Renault logo. There is also a logo on the steering wheel hub, which lights up this time. All of these colorful touches also contrast with the black cork floor and Alcantara lines on the top of the dashboard and door panels.

In a modern twist on one of the instantly recognizable features of the Renault 5 Turbo 2, the 10 analogue dials facing the driver have been replaced by 10 digital screens on the R5 TURBO 3E’s dashboard. They work like widgets and look a lot like pixel art2and glitch art3, which seem to have sprung from the retro gaming universe. For example, to start the car, you need to press the “Free Play” button on the center console. Likewise, the different driving modes have been renamed to “Turbo” (for drifting), “Track Invader” (for playing), “Donut” (for 360° turns) and so on.

The finishing touch that shows R5 TURBO 3E doesn’t take itself too seriously is a teddy bear named Drifty. He is there to relax and comfort passengers who are overwhelmed by the show car’s power.

A real object in virtual worlds

The show car R5 TURBO 3E is not only a very real car, but also a sign of its time. Its digital double comes to life in the universe of virtual games on Web3, the decentralized internet where online platforms and services use a blockchain-based model. A collection of NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) related to the vehicle will also be available, and individuals who own these digital assets will be offered exclusive benefits and rewards.

After the elegant competition in Chantilly, the R5 TURBO 3E will be on Renault’s stand at the Paris Motor Show 2022 (October 17-23). More details on the symbolism of this show car will be announced at the event.

R5 TURBO 3E specifications

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

Chassis: Tubular (+ Flat Floor + FIA Approved Roll Bar)
Weight: 980 kg (+ 520 kg batteries)
Front tires: 225×35 R19
Rear tires: 325×25 R20

Powertrain: All electric
Power: 280 kW (corresponds to 380 hp)
Torque: 700 Newton meters
Battery: 42 kWh lithium-ion
Fully charged: 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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