Since Renault confirmed the return of the R5 in 2024, concept cars have followed one another. After the R5 Prototype and the luxurious R5 Diamant, the diamond brand is back with a sporty version paying homage to the R5 Turbo and Turbo 2. Called R5 Turbo 3E, it takes up certain aesthetic details of its ancestors (square fog lamps, air intake on the hood) but the similarities end there. Beneath its carbon fiber body, this concept sits on a tubular chassis and runs on electricity.
Two electric motors are installed on each rear wheel, offering a total power of 380 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm. Enough to allow the car to display performance hitherto unknown on a Renault model. It goes from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.5 seconds, despite a substantial weight for a car measuring less than 4.10 meters long (1,500 kg). If the weight of the car remains under the ton, the battery still weighs down the concept. Despite its capacity of 42 kWh, it weighs more than 500 kg.
No big deal since pure performance does not seem to be the priority of this prototype. According to Renault, the R5 Turbo 3E was designed for the practice of drifting. What also seems to confirm the significant angle of steering of the front wheels (greater than 50 degrees) and the many camera mounting brackets to film its performance.
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What future for this concept car?
As you can imagine, this prototype will never pass the series stage. But it confirms Renault’s desire to offer a supercharged version of its future electric R5 which will see the light of day in 2024.
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