Losange unveils an electric R5 cut for drifting

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The Renault 5 needs to slide, with a new concept car that reinterprets it. On the occasion of the Chantilly 2022 Concours d’Elegance, the iconic Losange city car was transformed into the Renault R5 Turbo 3E. This sports car with a futuristic look has an electric motor, and its behavior is adapted to the practice of drifting.

Unveiled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Renault 5 of the name, this Renault R5 Turbo 3E pays homage to the legendary Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2. Its design is inspired by the world of motorsport and sports. video. The association is particularly striking, with this carbon fiber body embedded with air intakes at the level of the rear fenders.

A large spoiler overhangs the rear face

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Wider by 25 centimeters than the Turbo 2, this R5 Turbo 3E measures 2.02 meters wide by 4 meters long and 1.32 meters high. The wheelbase reaches 2.54 meters, and the weight is one and a half tons. Its front end design is characterized by a large shield with three air intakes, four square LED fog lights, as well as pink and blue LED colors that can light up and flash. In profile, there are glazed surfaces of pink plexiglass, while the rear has a large spoiler. Aerodynamics are also strengthened by solid rims.

Two hours to recharge the 42 kWh battery

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Although the design of Renault’s new concept car pays homage to past glories, it is intended to be functional. The manufacturer shows in particular that the air intake dug into the hood includes a hatch to recharge the battery pack, which is located under the floor. Its capacity is also set at 42 kWh. Autonomy is not specified, but Renault ensures that recharging takes two hours on a 380V charger.

It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds

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Described as a true bombinette, the new Renault R5 Turbo 3E has two electric motors, each associated with one of the two rear wheels. The total power is set at 280 kW, or around 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque. Losange promises that the car will run from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The top speed is set at 200 km/h.

A vertical handbrake control for drifting

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Mounted on a tubular chassis, this rigid two-seater accommodates on board two Carbon Fiber Racing Seat bucket seats with safety harnesses. These chairs, with a vintage tartan pattern, were made by specialist Sabelt. The drift car obliges, the passenger compartment of the R5 Turbo 3E consists of a vertical handbrake control integrated into a yellow central console, like the exterior air intakes. The floor is made of cork, and the dashboard is partially covered with Alcantara.

He is inspired by pixel art and video games

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Installed on the wheel of this Renault R5 Turbo 3E concept car, the driver has ten screens in front of his eyes, which will inevitably recall the ten analog dials of the Turbo 2. These small widgets can display in “graphic expressions” which, according to Renault, are inspired by pixel art and glitch art. The inspiration of the video game recalls the driving modes, called “turbo”, “donut” or even “track invader”. A teddy bear called Drifty is even on board to “soothe the show car’s power-hungry passengers”. In what act.

Accompanied by a virtual double in the form of the NFT, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E is therefore presented by the French manufacturer in Chantilly. Afterwards, it will be shown at the Mondial de l’Auto, in Paris, from October 17 to 23, 2022.

5 questions about the concept of the French manufacturer

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What are its dimensions?

The Renault R5 Turbo 3E concept car is the direct descendant of the mythical R5 Turbo 2. The car is 25 centimeters wider, with a total width set at 2.02 meters. It also measures 4 meters in length and 1.32 meters in height. Its wheelbase is located at 2.54 meters, and its weight reaches one and a half tons, including batteries.

Is the new electric Renault 5 made for drifting?

Called the R5 Turbo 3E, the new concept car inspired by the legendary Renault 5 is above all a drift car. Based on a tubular chassis, the car has a dual electric motorization whose 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque is transmitted to the rear wheels only. The cockpit has a vertical handbrake control, to facilitate the execution of slides. A drive mode makes it even easier to make donuts!

What is its maximum speed?

Thanks to its 380 horsepower, the new electric R5 Turbo 3E is able to reach 200 km/h, according to Renault. The manufacturer also shows that the car shoots from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds, or in 3.9 seconds if Drift mode is involved.

What does the interior of the concept look like?

Inside the concept car that Renault unveiled at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, there are only two bucket seats. The seats of this two-seater bombinette sport a vintage tartan pattern, while the floor is in cork and the dashboard in Alcantara. This same dashboard has ten small screens in the form of widgets and will replace the ten dials of the Turbo 2. Finally, a teddy bear called Drifty is on board, just to comfort the passengers which is not used to practice.

What is the price of the Renault R5 Turbo 3E?

With its futuristic design and drifter attitude, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E is destined to remain a concept car. So Renault is careful not to announce any release date, and the price for this sports version of its legendary city car is still a month away. This concept car was presented only to celebrate fifty years of Renault 5.

In short

At first glance, the Renault 5 is not really a drift car. Le Losange takes the opposite view of this bias by unveiling the Renault R5 Turbo 3E in 2022, an electric concept car directly inspired by the legendary R5 Turbo 2. With its aerodynamic design marked with a large spoiler and prominent air intakes, this R5 Turbo 3E impresses. Based on a tubular chassis, the car has two electric motors whose 380 horsepower for 700 Nm of torque is transmitted to the rear wheel only. The R5 Turbo 3E accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed set at 200 km/h. Inspired by pixel art, glitch art and video games, its interior has a vertical handbrake control, to facilitate sliding. There are also ten small digital counters, in the form of widgets. Presented at the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance, this Renault R5 Turbo 3E is also one of the stars of the manufacturer’s stand at the 2022 Paris Motor Show.

Quentin Gueroult

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