Not to be confused with the conventional front-wheel drive Renault 5 Gordini Turbo or GT Turbo, the Renault 5 Turbo (and later Turbo 2) was a mid-engined homologation special built in limited numbers for Group B rallying between 1979 and 1986. Renault's considerable Formula 1-derived turbo-charging expertise was applied to the humble 1.4-litre engine, resulting in a power increase to 160bhp (in road trim), an output sufficient for a top speed of 260km/h and a 0-100km/h time of around 7 seconds. In the Turbo, this remarkable little engine was mounted where the rear seats should have been and drove the rear wheels.
A thinly disguised two-seater supercar, the Turbo was first seen in prototype form at the 1978 Paris Motor Show and made its competition debut in 1980. In 1981 Ragnotti/Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse. Faced with increasing competition from teams running four-wheel drive cars, Renault responded with more powerful 5 Tour de Corse and 5 Maxi Turbo variants, Ragnotti adding another Tour de Corse win in 1985. At the end of the season the works team retired the 5 Turbo from competition.
Bonhams will be offering this example at their upcoming Chantilly auction on the 3rd September, the estimated value is between €65,000 – €85,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.