Renault R5 Turbo Profile

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Renault R5 Turbo General Information

The start of the story could be kept short. Renault had the R5 Turbo in group4. They moved it into groupB at the last possible moment. Renault even produced another batch of road cars, to homologate the cars into groupB. So like the new batch of road cars, the first groupB version was called the R5 Turbo 2, but other than the "2" in its name and the "B" in the homologation papers, you are hard pushed to find any differences. The "2" was more the base to allow for more to come. Maybe the "2" meant that the car was much different - much worse - than it's original group4 version. Indeed today it seems easy to think alongside the Quattro the R5 Turbo was the start of groupB supercars but the original R5 Turbo without the "2" was full house engineered for group4.

Indeed, there was a reason behind the late appearence and the new batch of cars. The groupB rules had certain weight and tyre limits, coupled with engine capacity, while turbo engines would have their capacity increased by 40% (or calculated multiplied by 1.4). This hit Audi in a very unfortunate way as their standard 2144cc engine was regarded as 3001.6cc and just in a heavier class. Renault had this same problem vice versa, the 1397cc engine was calculated as 1956cc, such under the 2000cc limit and therefore the first groupB version R5 Turbo 2 indeed had a big disandvantage to the group4: having to use narrower track and narrower tyres: The weight was never the R5 Turbo's problem but this now made the already tricky handling even more awkward. It sounds strange, but indeed for tyres and track regulations the original group4 R5 Turbo was a lot more competitive than the groupB R5 Turbo 2.

This is where the radical RMaxi 5 Turbo came into play. By 1985 Renault had their 2nd groupB version as an Evolution to the Turbo 2 ready. It grew wings even bigger than any version before to fit into the same monster frame as the Peugeot 205 T16 E2 & Audi Quattro S1, and never mind the R5 was still "only" RWD. But the basic reason behind the "Turbo 2 Evo" version called Maxi was more than just spectacular looks. The engine capacity was raised to 1527cc, such with the turbo factor it was at 2138cc, which allowed the wide tyres and wide track back onto the car!

But probably most incredible was that this 1.5 litre turbo unit produced 360BHP! It therefore was no surprise that the car was horribly unreliable in its first French Championship rallies in 1985, Francois Chatriot's car (194 FGL 75, write off) even burned out spectacularly on its 2nd start, the Rallye du Garrigues in March 1985. But it was the more a surprise that when then came the RMaxi 5 Turbo's WRC debut on Corsica 1985, it now suddenly was reliable and won straight away in the hands of Jean Ragnotti, never mind 205 T16 E2 & co.!
 

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Renault R5 Turbo Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Renault R5 Turbo 2 (84-86) 255/7000 300/6000 3664.1752.1323 900 (3.5) RWD (2430)
Renault R5 Turbo Maxi (85-86) 360/6500 311/5000 3664.1752.1323 905 (2.5) RWD (2430)

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Renault R5 Turbo Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
1st. 1986 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Mouthino E. Fortes #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:50:44
2nd. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #11 [UNKNOWN] 12:06:32
6th. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby J. Martin #29 [UNKNOWN] 13:03:48
7th. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse M. Neri R. Demedardi #38 [UNKNOWN] 13:08:00
5th. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse J. Torre P. de la Foata #35 [UNKNOWN] 13:02:33
7th. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Snobeck J. Béchu #10 [UNKNOWN] 11:09:05
8th. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse C. Bartoli . UNKNOWN #34 [UNKNOWN] 14:26:30
1st. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #3 [UNKNOWN] 12:54:15
4th. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Thérier M. Vial #6 [UNKNOWN] 9:16:53
86th. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Chatriot D. Brichot #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #9 [UNKNOWN] 8:13:42
3rd. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #10 [UNKNOWN] 13:33:16
8th. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #15 [UNKNOWN] 13:57:25
15th. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse C. Bartoli . Poletti #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland B. Saby J. Fauchille #15 [UNKNOWN] 4:35:26
5th. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse B. Saby C. Williams #15 [UNKNOWN] 13:25:37

Renault R5 Turbo Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Iavaris" . UNKNOWN #28 [UNKNOWN] SS4 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse J. Torre P. de la Foata #38 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse M. Neri R. Demedardi #42 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby J. Martin #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse D. Auriol B. Occelli #27 [UNKNOWN] SS10 electrics
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #12 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Mouthino E. Fortes #8 [UNKNOWN] SS38 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse B. Saby J. Fauchille #16 [UNKNOWN] SS22 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse D. Auriol B. Occelli #32 [UNKNOWN] SS17 turbo
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse J. Torre P. de la Foata #39 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Mouthino E. Fortes #18 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Saby J. Andrié #12 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Snobeck D. Emmanuelli #20 [UNKNOWN] SS22 crash
Ret. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #14 [UNKNOWN] SS8 wheel studs
Ret. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" T. Pavli #18 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse M. Neri R. Demedardi #63 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol J. Simonetti #23 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot . UNKNOWN #16 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti J. Andrié #2 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash