Renault R5 Profile

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Renault R5 General Information

A showcase of French fun car engineering, the R5 GT Turbo was well loved with privateers and it's results were so amazing that estimates and rumours consistently claimed it had something between 150BHP and 185BHP! The road car only had 115BHP and the estimated figures were likely the product of jealous opposition, as they would have been very much illegal in groupN. Even some FIA lieu way for production tolerances allowed, anything beyond 127BHP would no doubt have led to a public homologation scandal. Although it is interesting that there never was a groupA version of this so famous and successful groupN car. The secret of the R5 GT Turbo was far more in the typical French fun handling, the car was super nippy and light, it combined amazing traction with direct and crisp steering and a healthy dose of permanent, easy to control oversteer. The same could be claimed of cars like Peugeot 205 GTI, Talbot Samba Rallye, Citroen AX, the later Renault Clio, which were all surprisingly competitive cars. What made the R5 GT Turbo stand out from these was that it had a turbo engine. Such it delivered superior torque compared to the other French hotties and had unique engine characteristics.

To combine a turbo engine with a small compact car like this seemed rare and efficient. Other options as i.e. the Fiat Uno Turbo were also successful cars, but the R5 seemed to stand out for really good handling and a fairly large turbo charger.

Indeed the little 1397cc R5 was such nippy and turbo-efficient, at least on twistier stages it could seriously trouble the Cosworths and Deltas of the groupN World. Outstanding reliability had its share of this as well. The R5 GT Turbo won two groupN World championships and on the Bandama Rallye 1989 it (6876 SS 84) became the only groupN car ever to win a WRC event outright! And it did so over 3 hours ahead of the 2nd placed groupA Mitsubishi! OK, in those years the Bandama was not very much supported any more with entries, but when Volkswagen keeps talking of winning Bandama 1987, when everybody else withdrew after the fatal Toyota plane crash, to win the Bandama with a groupN R5 when there were groupA 4x4 cars at the finish is surely much more of a sensation!

One note on this model is that strangely for Renault this version R5 was the result of more than a facelift. OK, on other Renaults of the days of R-numbers, when the number changed it was a significantly different car. On the R5 from 1985 you could still clearly identify it as an R5, the basic design was the same, but every panel seems to have changed and the engine was changed from longitudinally mounted to transverse mounted. OK, previous R5 Turbos in group4 & groupB were mid-engined cars and therefore different anyway. But the design of this gN GT Turbo was at least a facelift compared to previous rallying R5s and compared to the FWD group2 R5 Alpine it was still technically a very different car.

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Renault R5 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Renault R5 GT Turbo (88-95) 115/6000 173/4500 3591.1584.1387 785 (6.8) FWD (2407)

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Renault R5 Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
10th. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol G. Monti #32 [UNKNOWN] 7:54:54
13th. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille M. Roissard #11 [UNKNOWN] 6:40:00
14th. 1990 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Oreille M. Roissard #11 [UNKNOWN] 7:09:22
7th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #21 [UNKNOWN] 7:24:05
8th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille M. Roissard #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:25:37
10th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse S. Polo H. Sauvage #19 [UNKNOWN] 7:31:56
15th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol G. Monti #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse R. Frau . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1990 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1990 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Oreille M. Roissard #10 [UNKNOWN] 9:20:43
10th. 1990 WRC Rally New Zealand A. Oreille M. Roissard #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:25:35
6th. 1990 WRC Rally Argentina A. Oreille M. Roissard #6 [UNKNOWN] 7:56:35
17th. 1990 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Oreille M. Roissard #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1990 WRC Bandama Rallye A. Oreille M. Roissard #4 [UNKNOWN] 6:52:00
10th. 1989 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille G. Thimonier #19 [UNKNOWN] 7:59:33
8th. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille G. Thimonier #17 [UNKNOWN] 7:51:14
10th. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #29 [UNKNOWN] 7:56:07
11th. 1989 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. Oreille G. Thimonier #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1989 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Oreille G. Thimonier #21 [UNKNOWN] 7:33:32
1st. 1989 WRC Bandama Rallye A. Oreille G. Thimonier #9 [UNKNOWN] 8:32:54
10th. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Frau P. David #33 [UNKNOWN] 8:03:37
10th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille S. Oreille #11 [UNKNOWN] 7:46:02
18th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse C. Bartoli . UNKNOWN #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse R. Frau . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Longhi . UNKNOWN #128 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Sarrazin . UNKNOWN #112 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Renault R5 Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Frau . UNKNOWN #58 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1990 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. Oreille M. Roissard #14 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #14 [UNKNOWN] SS6 engine
Ret. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Frau . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] SS3 gearbox
Ret. 1989 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #34 [UNKNOWN] SS17 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo E. Mauffrey D. Grataloup #26 [UNKNOWN] SS12 crash
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Aghini S. Farnocchia #99 [UNKNOWN] SS99 turbo
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Finland J. Rouget . UNKNOWN #101 [UNKNOWN] SS33 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Rouget . UNKNOWN #120 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?