Renault 5 Turbo
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At the end of the 1970s, Renault developed the technique of turbo-charging. Designed for use in rallying, the Renault 5 Turbo made full use of this technology.
June 1978 saw Renault win the Le Mans 24 Hours and also pursue its nascent yet ambitious programme in Formula 1. In both cases, Renault put its faith in the technique of turbo-charging which produced gains in both power and torque thanks to an exhaust gas-driven turbine. Very soon, the question was raised why this technique couldn't be applied to the firm's road cars, a thought which ultimately led to the idea of a particularly potent version of the Renault 5, capable of rivalling with the likes of the Porsche 911, the Lancia Stratos and the Fiat 131 Abarth in the world of rallying. In October 1978, the unveiling of a full-scale model of the car left the public speechless. With its squat forms, wide wings, small roof-mounted wing, air-intakes in the rear wings and, above all, the positioning of its 1,397 cc engine in place of the rear bench seat, the Renault 5 Turbo was made for competition. Group 4 homologation regulations dictated that 400 cars be produced, the first of which saw the light of day in January 1980. The machine's lightening-fast acceleration and outstanding agility ensured that the Renault 5 Turbo lived up to expectations and the car went on to carve out an impressive list of international rallying successes.