Renault R5 Profile

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Renault R5 General Information

Renault was bitten by the giant killer bug and they made a shocking good job of it! The R5 was not the 1st Renault rally car with FWD, that honour has to go to the R12, which however was a big saloon. It wasn't Renault's first small rally car either, that were Dauphine Gordini and R8 Gordini long before, however both rear engined rear wheel drive. You could also argue that the idea came long before with the Mini, but that was long before the WRC was created and rally cars became sophisticated. In fact we count some 15 years since the Mini and a lot has changed in that time. It really must have been the debut of the Peugeot 104 ZS a good year earlier that got Renault thinking. Indeed on home ground the little FWD 104 was often found to play with far more "respected" cars on Renault's home territory including the R17 and the R12. If this was regarded as the first bread of FWD hot hatch rally cars, it is interesting to note that only the 104 had a traditional layout, the R5 had a longitudinal engine.

So Renault turned the R5 into a rally car and they changed their tradition with it. They had big plans with the R5 and the one really huge Renault WRC story was the Alpine, so although Alpine was a Renault sub manufacturer rather than a tuner and had little to do with the R5, the Gordini name had vanished and the new rally car was called the R5 Alpine.

And they had a clever program with it. Renault saw the advantage of the R5 being on twisty roads for its small size and on roads that require traction rather than power, for the R5's FWD and light weight. So, after a 1977 San Remo WRC debut, the Rallye Monte Carlo 1978 was chosen, an event Peugeot strangely had never cross their mind as being an ideal playground for their 104 ZS. Well Renault certainly made the most of it. It was one of the most spectacular and most ground breaking WRC results ever when the Monte 1978 had loads of snow and ice and the two only 140BHP works R5 would finish 2nd & 3rd overall, beating opposition as Walter Röhrl in the Fiat 131 or Michèle Mouton and Fulvio Bacchelli in the Stratos or Anders Kulläng in the Opel Kadett GT/E.

Although I insist the first FWD hot hatch rally car of that era was the Peugeot 104, it clearly was this R5 Alpine 1978 Monte Carlo result that turned FWD hot hatches into a fashion. Only one year later Rallye Monte Carlo stages were suddenly littered with big driver names in cars as Fiat Ritmo, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta.

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Renault R5 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Renault R5 Alpine (77-80) 140/8200 158/4500 3550.1620.1340 795 (5.7) FWD (2410)

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Renault R5 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
7th. 1981 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Carlo" M. Kriadis #66 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Rouby . UNKNOWN #60 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Saby J. Andrié #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1980 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" . UNKNOWN #49 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1980 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby A. Garcon #75 [UNKNOWN] 16:33:02
8th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Fréquelin J. Delaval #16 [UNKNOWN] 8:44:27
11th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #11 [UNKNOWN] 8:56:53
94th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Saby . UNKNOWN #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Panciatici A. Tabet #53 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #9 [UNKNOWN] 14:19:16
2nd. 1979 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #6 [UNKNOWN] 15:12:52
7th. 1979 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby A. Garcon #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
58th. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Briavoine . UNKNOWN #59 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
2nd. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #19 [UNKNOWN] 6:58:55
3rd. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Fréquelin J. Delaval #12 [UNKNOWN] 6:59:55
3rd. 1978 WRC Bandama Rallye J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #4 [UNKNOWN] 3:50:00
5th. 1978 WRC Bandama Rallye G. Fréquelin J. Delaval #5 [UNKNOWN] 5:34:00
7th. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #23 [UNKNOWN] 11:08:48

Renault R5 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori . UNKNOWN #128 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Chauche C. Teyssier #51 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Beauchef J. Dubois #26 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1979 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Saby D. le Saux #21 [UNKNOWN] SS24 suspension
Ret. 1979 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol . Filippi #39 [UNKNOWN] SS13 crash
Ret. 1979 WRC Canadian Rally of Quebec J. Pérusse . UNKNOWN #6 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" . UNKNOWN #24 [UNKNOWN] SS46 ?
Ret. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oger . UNKNOWN #188 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Bandama Rallye A. Oger J. Dupuis #15 [UNKNOWN] SS5 head gasket
Ret. 1978 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" C. Fertakis #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Nicolas V. Laverne #59 [UNKNOWN] SS65 driveshaft
Ret. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #38 [UNKNOWN] SS34 driveshaft
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Fréquelin J. Delaval #16 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Briavoine B. Schneck #98 [UNKNOWN] SS7 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" C. Fertakis #104 [UNKNOWN] SS28 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally Morocco . "Le Tahitien" . UNKNOWN #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?