Renault revives the R5 Turbo with an electrical twist


Renault is cooking up a contemporary 5 hatchback powered by batteries and previewed the automotive final yr with the 5 Prototype.

On the 2022 Chantilly Arts & Magnificence contest working on Sept. 25 on the Chateau de Chantilly, north of Paris, Renault will exhibit the R5 Turbo 3E, an idea for a high-performance model of the 5 Prototype that channels the legendary R5 Turbo and its R5 Turbo 2 successor, wild scorching hatches with mid-mounted engines and rear-wheel drive.

The R5 Turbo 3E skips the internal-combustion engine this time in favor of an electrical powertrain, and is constructed round a bespoke tubular chassis. The powertrain consists of a pair of electrical motors on the rear axle, which generate a peak 375 hp and may hustle the automotive from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and to a prime velocity of 124 mph. Powering the motors is a 42-kwh battery. No vary estimate has been offered.

Like the unique R5s, the R5 Turbo 3E seats solely two. However as an alternative of an engine filling in for the rear passenger seats, Renault’s design workforce has put in a roll cage. That is essential because the R5 Turbo 3E has been constructed for drifting. It has various options typical of the wild gymkhana-style automobiles piloted by the likes of Ken Block, just like the huge rear rubber, distinguished hand brake lever, and a 50-plus steering angle.

One extra key nod to the unique R5s will be discovered within the cabin. Right here, the ten analogue dials going through the motive force have been changed by ten tiny digital screens. You may additionally discover carbon-fiber racing bucket seats, a security harness, and a steering wheel all sourced from Sabelt.

Whereas the R5 Turbo 3E is unlikely to see manufacturing, its powertrain may doubtlessly function in a high-performance model of the fashionable 5 hatchback. Alpine is considered planning a tuned model of the 5, and this might be the avenue for the potent powertrain.

Following its Chantilly debut, the R5 Turbo 3E will seem on the 2022 Paris auto present beginning Oct. 17. It is going to share the stage with a trendy Renault 4 and an Alpine idea.

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