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Made To Drive | S07 E12

This Renault 5 Turbo Is A Firecracker

One of the most successful rally cars of its generation makes the perfect treat for one driver
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Sandee Weiner
Sandee Weiner
5 years ago

I had that Renault jacket. I had 3 x R5 … but that doesn’t come close to having one Turbo 2. Maybe in my next life. Sigh.

David Supple
David Supple
6 years ago

Awesome car, great video. amazed he’s kept it facing forward this long! Loved the interior of the first phase cars, super funky. Great to see such passion from the owner and mechanic – supercar!

1983dmd
1983dmd
6 years ago

Christophe

Superbe voiture ! Que de souvenirs de voir les R5 Turbo en rallye sur AutoMoto sur TV5 à l’époque !!! Est-ce que je rêve ou la voiture est signée par Jean Ragnotti lui-même?!?!

Bernard
Montréal,Canada

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Osca1600
Osca1600
6 years ago

Christophe, once again Petrolicious has found a true enthusiast and someone who totally understands his car. You are a really lucky guy. Thanks Petrolicious , yet again a really beautifully filmed and crafted story.

I remember being in France back in the late 90s and seeing the odd R5 Turbo and being blown away at just how amazing they look in the metal. Especially when you see an ordinary R5 in comparison.

The R5 Turbo is a special car for sure.

Christophe
Christophe
6 years ago

Hello

This magnificent RENAULT 5 TURBO 2 is mine.
I thank PETROLICIOUS for this publication on sound quote and the photographers.
Magnificient report.
She quite d origin
Its engine develops approximately 200CH ,by installation ;
a specific Camshat
a heat exchangeur sight Renault Sport 200CH
an electronique igniter
Pressure of Turbo 1,1bar
Rolled of 1 L 4
Is a pleasure to lead this legendary car of the 1984s.
His accelerations are demonic.
The Sound is incredible…I have to make a stainless tube of 63,5 of diameter…
Expressof the turbo.
Its smells d oil gasoline.
J hope that my friends American possessing this car takes so mush pleasure as me to lead her…
Thank You again and see you very soon

CHRISTOPHE

1983dmd
1983dmd
6 years ago
Reply to  Christophe

Christophe

Superbe voiture ! Que de souvenirs de voir les R5 Turbo en rallye sur AutoMoto sur TV5 à l’époque !!! Est-ce que je rêve ou la voiture est signée par Jean Ragnotti ?!?! Si c’est le cas, WOW!!!

Bernard
Montréal,Canada

Cyril
Cyril
6 years ago

15 years at Renault sport garage. Some r5 turbo totally rebuilt from A toZ….
Be sure that the street legal 5 turbo or t2 is just a mix of renault’s data bank. Really nothing special but of course the mid rear chassis, fiberglass fenders and bonnet but you can rebuild almost all the car with generic parts…
For example:
Front axle: r5 alpine (93hp)
Rear axle : alpine a310 v6
Front/rear calipers: r30
Brake disks: Citroen Cx
Specific parts: clutch, manifolds, electric wire (due to the engine position )
Front/rear lights: same as the basis car
Interior 5 turbo: specific designed by bertone
Interior 5 turbo2: same as the basis car
Doors/roof/ rear door 5 turbo: made of aluminum but strictly the same as basis steal parts.
Totally agree with you the fact that Renault did the r5 turbo just to get the group4 homologation( old WRC).
Be sure that the turbo 2 was just made for a question of money!
In 1985, 200 last turbo2 were made with an aluminum roof and a specific crankshaft (1432cm3 instead of 1397) to get the fabulous group B homologation. The car get the specific type”8221″, 8220 for all the others.
The red in this video is a 8221.
I redid its engine!

Cyril
Cyril
6 years ago

Amazing film! Amazing car!
You have to drive it once to understand. Noise, smell, power, no assistance at all, a French way of life…
To give an accurate answer, the r5 turbo was made with a mix of whole the Renault parts available at the time.
Engine from the r5 “alpine”, gearbox from the r30 v6, k-jetronic injection from the r30 as well…
the almost thousand firsts were specifics with a specific dash board, specific seats, doors,roof and rear door made of aluminum.
To expansive at the time, the ” turbo2″ was made with basis r5 interior, steel doors and roof to get it cheaper.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago
Reply to  Cyril

Actually the interior was anything but R5 basic from the R5 Turbo right on thru the Evo what with its bespoke dash [ they all had them ] Recaro [ or Recaro like … I can’t remember ] seats , the bespoke space behind the seats due to the mid-engine configuration , highly modified doors , windshield etc . Also the transmission was not from any of the FWD R5’s .. Alpine or not .. it was sourced from one of the performance transmission manufactures of the day such as Hewland etc . Which once again I do not recall .

Where you’re getting your information from I’m not certain but mine comes direct from the original factory brochures … magazine issues of the era [ such as CAR etc ] …. personal experience with both the cars as well as the importers , pundits etc …. so suffice it to say …. there was barely anything any of the R5 Turbo’s shared with its in appearance only R5 sibling . Also … Renault did not care one iota what the price tag on the street legal R5 Turbo , Turbo 2 or Evo was . There was no hope of profiting … only meeting the FIA homologation requirements of the day . Those being the days long since past when manufactures were more concerned with winning … than profiting from their mandated homologation specials .

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
6 years ago

Amazing piece of footage! Around here you would get a LOT of R5’s, but a R5Turbo II is still a rare sight (I’ve only saw one, and it was used for racing).

You can see in the owner’s expression, that he REALLy love s this R5 !
It’s nice to see something European (and not German) for a change 🙂

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago

… neither German or Italian … for a change ….

JB21
JB21
6 years ago

It’s been, eh, 20 years since I drove R5 Turbo 2 (that was pumped up to chuck out 350hp or something like that). 20 years, and I can’t remember any car that scared me as much as the R5 Turbo. This thing is fucking awesome.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago
Reply to  JB21

Hmmm .. funny .. all I remember is having an ear to ear ( cuss ) eating grin during each and every encounter .. not to mention every solitary mile that after took days to wipe off … and still comes back with stories like this . Drive an F40 in anger . That’ll put things into perspective when it comes to outright fear . The ” Song of the Sausage Creature ” ringing in your ears every inch of the way and well beyond .After that .. stuff your tuckus into a 935 K4 … and suddenly fear of driving [ pun intended ] take on a whole new meaning and the R5 Turbo becomes the fun little exotic devouring monster that it is .. rather than any source of actual … fear .

Landroving
Landroving
6 years ago

Well the basis of that beauty is the same as my first car, yes mine was the lowly R5 (LeCar) but on a dirt road drifting through corners I could at least pretend it was the R5 turbo.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago
Reply to  Landroving

… err … actually .. hate to be the bearer of bad news but .. ahhh .. there’s nary a part shared between the mid – engined R5 Turbo and the pedestrian LeCar / R5 . The fact of the matter is almost every piece on the R5 Turbo is bespoke and exclusive to the R5 Turbo … the only thing they have in common being the overall look . But hey … you can take some small source of comfort from the fact that your R5/LeCar is a cute little bugger regardless … and come to think of it … the R5/LeCar did have its own racing series back in the day

Robb Corell
Robb Corell
6 years ago

What a great story! Love the sounds this little Turbo 2 makes how addicting! I am more familiar with the Cleo V6’s but not these older versions with the I-4’s so I can’t wait to read up on them and learn more tonight! Fantastic videos and something about the french language that goes along with the motion shots just fits perfectly!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago
Reply to  Robb Corell

Oh brother .. are you ever in for a treat . Suffice it to say .. as great a car as the Clio V6’s were … the R5 make it look like a child’s toy in comparison . The Clio V6’s being a road car that was later adapted to its one make racing series … whereas the R5 was a WRC winning including Monte Carlo / Tour de Course ( 2 x ) rally monster not to mention quite a capable race car on road course as well tamed [ somewhat ] for the street . Look for some Jean Ragnotti footage on YouTube etc … you’ll get the idea .. then drive one if you ever get the chance .. guaranteed its a memory that’ll stick with you forever

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago

Firecracker ? Hmm … well .. alright .. I can accept that …. though in truth methinks that is a serious understatement , More like a bat **** crazy insane Tonka Toy on steroids with just enough French style and Jolie Laide to keep it from looking like a child’s toy … primed , locked and loaded to embarrass the living daylights out of many a Supercar / Exotic … all while providing the driver with more entertainment than should be legal while driving !

Honestly … despite having owned or driven many so called ‘ prominent ‘ and important cars in my lifetime .. not to mention faster …. nothing … and I do mean nothing will ever top the day I spent with an R5 Turbo scaring the ( cuss ) out of several sports cars , exotics and muscle cars .. as well as more than a few unsuspecting tourists in and around the Boulder / Estes Park / Trail Ridge Road area …

Thanks Petrolicious .. your sins for the week have been atoned for … leaving me to start the day one seriously happy albeit nostalgic … Guitar Slinger … fact is .. I’ll bet if you try hard enough … you can feel the ear to ear grin on my face all the way out there in LaLa Land …. 😉