The very first Renault 5 Turbo to be homologated for Group 4 racing

Thanks to this new listing on the RM Sotheby’s auction site the legendary and successful Renault 5 Turbo is there classic car, Part sports hatchback and first appeared in January 1980 at the Brussels Motor Show.

An important part of Renault’s rich rallying history, this Group 4 Renault 5 Turbo was a fierce competitor in numerous events and forever engraved the Renault name in World Rally Championship history.

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The Group 4 Renault 5 Turbo was born out of a strong desire to win races

In 1979, French car manufacturer Renault set their sights on the Group 4 Rally Championship and could now legally compete with the required 400 homologated street examples.

According to the car’s description at RM Sotheby’s “(this) is a specific 5 Turbo owned by Renault in its Formula 1 division in Antony, France and was built at the same time as Alain Prost’s single-seater racing car”.

The 5 Turbo with the chassis number ending in “B0000036” became the first works car; SA Renault Sport registered it on September 8, 1980 with number plate 126 TZ 91.

Rally history: something the Renault 5 Turbo runs through its veins

This particular Turbo 5, in its signature red and yellow Calberson livery, made its debut in the Tour de France Automobile on September 17, 1980.

Piloted by Jean Ragnotti with Jean-Marc Andrié as co-driver, the car caused a hell of a storm on its debut – taking part in the 1980 Tour de Corse a month later.

It finally appeared in the 1981 Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo to also test tires to celebrate its success and excitement in the French motorsport community; This 5 Turbo appeared on the cover of the 1980/1981 issue of L’Année Echappement – ​​a French motorsport yearbook.

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After retiring, this competitive rally car decides to change hands

The factory kept this groundbreaking Turbo 5 for eight years after ending its competitive career and eventually sold it on the 25th car.

In 1997 and 2014 it changed hands.

According to marque historian Gilles Vallerian, this car sports the correct Calberson livery in the distinctive red and yellow colours, as well as the factory correct engine, gearbox and mechanical components.

If the next owner so wishes, this fine example of a rally car can return to compete in the new categories of historic motorsport – we know what we would do.


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