Renault: Renaulution: Renault confirms the return of the Renault 5 in electric mode
Renault Retro design that evokes the old model
“I know from experience that when a vehicle is relaunched it represents a revolution for a brand “, said the CEO of Renault, Luca de Meo, confirming that the French brand Rebuilding the Renault 5, this time in 100% electrical mode.
De Meo confirmed the news during the presentation of the Renaulution, as he has called the French company’s strategy for all its brands between now and 2025.
He Renault 5 which was a milestone for the French brand in the 70s and 80s return. “And be affordable for a large number of people.”
Those, De Meo He has not said anything about its technical details but the concept shown is very close to what a series production vehicle can be under the specific platform for electric cars small of the Renault Nissan Mitsubish Alliancei.
Remember that the Renault 5 hit the market in 1972 thanks especially to Bernard hanon, then project manager of the French brand, who for a few years before sought to open up to a new type of client that included young drivers and women (In those years, female drivers were a clear minority). Thus, the diseo a Michel Bou, which is said to have taken only two days to trace the shapes of a 3.5 meter utility It had a transverse engine, a three-door monocoque body (which did not have a handle), space for five adults (it was normal for large families to enter) and, which was a real revolution, a few fiber bumpers instead of metal.
The plant of Renault in valladolid was in charge of its production in our country, initially in a 950 cc version that delivered 44 hp, giving up a basic version of 800 cc (with gear lever that was born in the dashboard) that delivered only 36 hp launched in France. The displacement increased over the years to 1.1, 1.3 and 1.4 liters, while the bodywork began to be offered in 1979 in a 5-door version whose development had been taken from Renault 7, a three-volume model developed by Fasa Espaa (as the Renault subsidiary in our country was called then) which was never sold in France.
One of the aspects that made the Renault 5 most famous was its forays into the world of competition. In Spain, the version 1.4 Cup of 93 CV served as a model for a one-make circuit championship, while the Renault 5 Turbo Cup, with the power raised to 110 CV, turned the only 3.5 meter long utility vehicle into a small blido capable of launching itself 186 km / h weighing only 870 kg.
However, the models that will be remembered the most by true motor enthusiasts are the ‘culogordo’: versions with only two seats, with turbocharged engine located behind the seats and spectacularly widened rear fins. The Renault 5 Turbo (160 hp), Turbo 2 (same power) and Maxi Turbo (350 hp, depending on the turbo pressure) competed in the World Rally Championship and the latter won the 1985 Corsica Tour at the controls of Jean Ragnotti, pilot closely linked to the diamond brand.
From 1984 the model that was sold was the ‘Supercinco’, completely new although clearly inspired by the lines of the Renault 5. It offered better habitability and had very special versions, such as the ‘Supercinco’ Baccara (which included the leather upholstery as standard); the GTX, with a 1.7 90 hp engine; and the famous ‘Superfive’ Turbo, with powers of 115 CV at the beginning and 120 CV later. Finally, the ‘Supercinco’ left his hole to the Clio first-generation, which appeared in 1990.
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