Renault 5 Turbo


The Renault 5 Turbo was the original hatchback-on-steroids rally special which established the template for other manufacturers to follow. In the hands of Jean Ragnotti it won the Monte Carlo Rally first time out in 1981 but with the advent of Group B in 1983 it was soon up against 4WD rivals from Audi, Lancia and Peugeot

  • 1980 – Renault 5 Turbo
  • 1980 – Audi Quattro
  • 1984 - Peugeot 205 T16
  • 1985 - Lancia Delta S4

The development of the car was done by Marc Deschamps at Bertone and the dramatic new rear bodywork and vented arches were penned by Marcello Gandini. The cars were built by Alpine in Dieppe and used a turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre engine from the R5 Gordini mounted transversely behind the front seats and driving the rear wheels

The car shown was photographed at the 2013 Crystal Palace Sprint, aka Motorsport in the Park. It’s a 1983 Renault 5 T2 belonging to James Kelly of the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club. The T2 was a later, lower-cost version of the original Turbo which became known as the T1

Photo credit
Renault 5 turbo shot at Crystal Palace in 2011 © Nicholas Froome
Photos courtesy of Bolide