R5 Turbo 3E: The Electric Rebirth Of The Renault 5 Turbo

E-Concept Of The Renault 5 Turbo Unveiled At Chantilly 2022

E-Concept Of The Renault 5 Turbo Unveiled At Chantilly 2022

Electric cars aren’t just meant for the daily commute. That much was made clear when Groupe Renault recently rolled out the R5 Turbo 3E electric concept vehicle at the 2022 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Car Show contest held in France on September 25th.

Drifting at the Chantilly Car Show?!

The singular Chantilly Arts & Elegance Car Show is dedicated to showcasing the most exciting and impressive vintage and modern cars, and the biannual event made its return this year for the first time since 2019. With 20 000+ spectators gathered against the prestigious backdrop of the Château de Chantilly, an hour’s drive north of Paris, Renault managed to steal the show with an e-concept car that’s made for drifting…

Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. The sport that focuses on this particular driving technique requires plenty of complicated trickery involving a car’s throttle, brakes, clutch, gears and steering input. Naturally, this also requires a very particular type of car.

Cue the R5 Turbo 3E show vehicle, the electric successor of the Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2, and a major milestone in the company’s journey to becoming all-electric in Europe by 2030.

A Car for the Future, Inspired by the Past

The celebrated Renault 5 hatchback still ranks as one of the automaker’s most important products; the 5 Turbo was the sports version first released at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1980. Originally intended as a rally car, it was also road-legal and turned out to be one of Renault’s most successful vehicles. The R5 Turbo 3E is a contemporary take and tribute to the sports versions of the hatchback – the Renault 5 Turbo, and similarly celebrated Turbo 2.

The R5 Turbo 3E in a Nutshell

So, what did the R5 Turbo 3E bring to the party? Quite a bit! Here’s a short and sweet run-down:

  • Rear-wheel-drive two seater
  • 4006 mm long with 2.54-meter wheelbase
  • Tubular chassis with a flat base
  • FIA-approved roll bars inside
  • Dual motors producing 380 hp + 700 Nm of torque
  • 0 – 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 200kmph
  • Retro-styled LED lighting
  • Charges fully in 2 hours using a 32A charger

There you have it – an exciting peek of e-things to come! Keep an eye on the blog for more information about the amazing innovations spearheaded by Groupe Renault. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with Group1 Renault to learn more about the new and used vehicles we currently have on our showroom floors in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg.

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