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1:12 Renault Maxi 5 Turbo Tour de France Auto 1985
1:12 Renault Maxi 5 Turbo Tour de France Auto 1985
1:12 Renault Maxi 5 Turbo Tour de France Auto 1985

1:12 Renault Maxi 5 Turbo Tour de France Auto 1985

SKU G038 Categories ,

£188

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Renault Maxi 5 Turbo Tour de France Auto 1985(G038):

The Renault Maxi 5 Turbo was built to serve a dual purpose: to promote sales of the regular, road-legal R5, and also compete in the group 3 and 4 categories of the FIA rally championship. A nimble sport hatchback, the Renault 5 Turbo was launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1980. Primarily, it was designed for rallying, but a separate street version, the R5, as mentioned above, was sold too.

During its six-year production lifetime, a total of 4,987 R5 Turbos were manufactured. It featured a mid-mounted 1.4-litre engine placed behind the driver in mid-body in a modified Renault 5 chassis. It was capable of producing 158 horsepower at 6000 rpm.

Even though the body of the R5 Turbo was nothing but a modification of the regular R5, the mechanicals were as different as can be. First and foremost was the rear-wheel driver and rear-mid engine in place of the normal model’s front-wheel driver and front-mounted engine.

The engineers responsible for building the R5 turbo dug deep in the Renault parts bin in order to meet their goals: the rear suspension was originally part of the rear-engine Renault Alpine A310 V6, while the five-speed manual transmission actually derived from the Renault 30 TX. At the time of its launch, the Renault R5 Turbo was by far the most powerful production French car.

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Period 1980's
Scale 1:12
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