Renault R5 Turbo 3E Is a Psychedelic Electric Drifting Restomod

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Honoring 50 years since the instauration of the Renault 5, the Turbo 3E makes 375 electrical horsepower and is designed to make viral drifting videos.

  • The Renault R5 Turbo 3E uses the assemblage of the iconic Renault 5 Turbo from the 1970s and mates it with an electrical powertrain.
  • The 42.0-kWh artillery powers 2 electrical motors, with a full output of 375 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
  • The assemblage enactment is wildly exaggerated with a towering rear helping and a snazzy yellowish and purple livery.

Renault is poised to revive the 5 nameplate—which adorned the automaker’s bestseller successful the 1970s and aboriginal 1980s—on a caller electrical hatchback owed successful 2024 and previewed by a concept shown successful 2021. This twelvemonth besides marks 5 decades since the Renault 5’s introduction, and the French marque celebrated earlier this twelvemonth with the quirky but stylish 5 Diamant concept. Now Renault gone adjacent wilder with the R5 Turbo 3E, an electrical drift car that reimagines the iconic Renault 5 Turbo rally fable and takes inspiration from retro video games.

The assemblage signifier of the Turbo 3E remains loyal to the archetypal 5 Turbo, but the details person been wholly revised. The mesh broadside aerial intakes are replaced by a brace of NACA ducts that popular successful a lurid shadiness of yellow, portion a gigantic rear helping sprouts from the hatch and a cavernous diffuser replaces the rear bumper. The headlights and taillights are swapped retired for bladed LED strips, and 4 quadrate pixel fog lights are mounted connected the beforehand bumper. The beforehand extremity besides includes 3 rectangular yellowish vents and purple tow hooks mounted supra a protruding beforehand splitter.

Despite the classical squared-off bodywork, the Turbo 3E is all-electric underneath, with a 42-kWh lithium-ion artillery feeding 2 electrical motors, each powering 1 rear wheel. Total output is 375 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, allowing the psychedelic restomod to deed 62 mph successful 3.5 seconds en way to a 124 mph apical velocity according to Renault.

Based astir a tubular chassis with an FIA-approved rotation cage and fashioned from c fiber, the R5 Turbo 3E weighs successful astatine 2161 pounds, with 1146 pounds of that coming from the battery. Renault claims that the artillery tin supply capable foodstuff for “several laps,” but fails to specify whether those are laps astir NASCAR’s half-mile Martinsville Speedway oregon the astir 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Along with way driving, Renault envisions the Turbo 3E partaking successful gymkhana, a clip proceedings contention involving drifting, jumping, and different rally-style maneuvers. The 3E comes with a drift mode, with the 62-mph sprint lasting 3.9 seconds successful that setting. The Turbo 3E’s trippy purple and highlighter yellowish livery besides seems intelligibly inspired by the drift machines that Ken Block utilized to marque gymkhana popular connected YouTube. Renault surely had net virality successful caput erstwhile designing the Turbo 3E, fitting it with 10 mounting points for cameras connected the interior and exterior, and the LED lights flash portion the car is drifting.

The interior is dotted with much yellowish and purple accents, and Renault worked with Sabelt connected the c fibre bucket seats, information harnesses, and steering wheel. The handbrake lever stands tall, urging the operator to induce a smokey drift, and the gauge clump consists of 10 integer screens with video-game-inspired graphics. The level is fashioned from achromatic cork portion the dashboard and doorway panels are draped successful Alcantara. Renault besides bizarrely includes a teddy carnivore named “Drifty” successful the cabin, ostensibly to “relax and comfortableness passengers overwhelmed by the amusement car’s muscle.”

The R5 Turbo 3E volition marque its debut astatine the 2022 Chantilly Arts & Elegance contention connected September 25. In emblematic 2022 fashion, Renault volition besides contented a postulation of NFTs based connected the vehicle, but we’re much funny successful hopefully seeing the R5 Turbo 3E pain ample quantities of rubber successful the adjacent future.

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