Renault R5 Turbo 3E is a modern electric car that takes on the character of a special homologation | Carscops

Ahead of unveiling the production version of the new R5 EV, Renault honored the iconic supermini for the last time with a one-off electric version of the R5 Turbo homologation. The R5 Turbo 3E Concept is an all-electric heated 375-horsepower hatch and a redesigned gaming-inspired exterior.

The R5 Turbo 3E is a follow-up to the production R5 Turbo and R5 Turbo 2 models from the 1980s, built on a tubular chassis with FIA-approved roll bars. As hinted by the letter E on the name, this letter is all electric. While Renault’s engineers can make it insanely powerful, they opted for a more reasonable 375 hp (280 kW / 380 hp) output from a set of rear-mounted electric motors, which is still more than double the output of the original ICE-powered models. With a whopping 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque transmitted to the rear wheels, the concept is a “pure wanderer”.

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The powertrain is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery installed under the floor. Renault hasn’t announced range numbers but a full charge takes just two hours via a 380V charger. The battery weighs 520 kg (1,146 lb), but the rest of the vehicle weighs 980 kg (2,160 lb), making it very lightweight for an electric vehicle. As for performance, the hot hatch accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds (or 3.9 seconds when drift mode is selected), with top speed electronically limited to 200 km/h (124 mph) ).

Design-wise, the R5 Turbo 3E is a modern reinterpretation of its predecessors, keeping the original recipe with slightly exaggerated proportions and modern video game-inspired design cues. The concept is 4,066 mm (157.7 in) long, 2,020 mm (79.5 in) wide and 1,320 mm (52 ​​in) long, with a wheelbase of 2,540 mm (96.5 in). All of these numbers are increased compared to the ICE-powered R5 Turbo, except for the identical height.

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The carbon-fiber body is painted in luxury trim, along with greenhouse pink plexiglass and air-style rims measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear on the mixed tires (225/35R19 front and 325/25/R20 rear). The bodywork has been redesigned, with aerodynamic components crazier than before, including a prominent front splitter, yellow-painted intakes, extra-wide front and rear fenders, and a massive rear spoiler.

The headlights have been replaced by LED strips in pink, blue and yellow along with additional rally-style LEDs on the bumper. Likewise, the taillights are smaller in size, which leaves more room for the slots. Some distinctive features have been reinterpreted, such as the hood scoop that now houses the battery charging port, and inlets that provide a great view of the EV grounds.

Inside, we find two carbon-fiber racing seats by Sabelt, a futuristic 10-screen digital instrument cluster, vintage-style instrument panel, tartan and Alcantara upholstery, yellow-painted center tunnel, and drift-style handbrake. There is also a teddy bear called “Drifty”, with the aim of helping passengers relax after a drift show. The driver can choose from different modes including Turbo (Drift), Track Invader (Play), Donut (360 degree rotation), etc.

A total of 10 mounting brackets for in-vehicle and in-car cameras make the perfect case for capturing tire burning sessions. Furthermore, the driver and co-driver of the R5 Turbo 3E will wear special suits designed by fashion designer La Fameuse during the premiere.

The R5 Turbo 3E will make its debut at Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 on September 25 before being shown at Renault’s stand at the 2022 Paris Motor Show in October. Keep in mind that this is the French automaker’s second concept this year after the Renault 5 Diamant.

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