Celebrating Renault 5’s 50th anniversary, the French automaker has revealed a super cool all-electric show car designed for drifting called the Renault R5 Turbo 3E. The Renault R5 Turbo 3E was revealed in September and it, alongside the Renault 5 Prototype, is another example of the “electric rebirth” of a flagship model of the brand.
It is also part of the marque’s plan for an all-electric future in Europe by 2030. The Renault R5 Turbo 3E is a “3E” because it is a direct successor to the Turbo 2 while “E” denotes that it is electric-powered. Unlike the recently revealed Renault 4EVER (which can only be considered as a spin-off or a spiritual successor of the original 4), the Renault R5 Turbo 3E bears a close resemblance to the legendary race car.
The hood, doors, and cockpit are of the same shape as its predecessors but with a body crafted out of carbon fiber, and of course, where there are lights, they are of LEDs.
On the inside, it has a pair of carbon fiber racing bucket seats, safety harness, and steering wheels from Sablet, along with an upright handbrake lever – a quintessential hardware of a drift car – and 10 digital screens in place of the analog dials in the Turbo 2.
The Renault R5 Turbo 3E is a very special show car. It is not just a homage to the Turbo and Turbo 2 but it also exhibits retro video game vibes conveyed via pink, blue, and yellow LED strips at the front and rear, the camouflage stickers that decorate the body, and the pink Plexiglass windows.
The car is built on a tubular chassis, protected by a flat base, and equipped with FIA-approved roll bars. It is powered by two electric motors paired with a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery. No estimated range was provided, though.
The motor puts out 280 kW or about 380 horses of total power and 700 Nm of instantly available torque. All told, the new Renault R5 Turbo 3E is able to wipe 0-100 (0-62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds (or 3.9 seconds in Drift mode) and reach a top speed of 200 km/h.
And oh, it has a 50-plus steering angle to enable some pretty serious obstacle dodging when drifting, and it rolls on silly wide low profile tires. The front is rocking a pair of 19” wheels wrapped in 225 x 35 R19 while the 20” wheels at the rear wear 325 x 25 R20 rubbers.
For now, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E will remain as a show car. There are no words for its fate. Meanwhile, you may learn more HERE.
All images courtesy of Renault.