This electric car draws inspiration from retro video games

the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon

Who says electric cars can't be fun? PHOTO FROM RENAULT

Fifty years ago, an automotive icon was born in the form of the Renault 5. Over 5.5 million of them were produced, and the little runabouts found fans all over the world. It was even available in the US, where it was sold under the model name—and we’re not making this up—“Le Car.”

Renault has been celebrating the 50th birthday of the car all year, and another homage to the original just dropped. This one is a bit more outrageous than the first reincarnation the firm showed us a while ago. And when we say a bit, we mean a lot.

the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon
the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon
the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon
the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon

With that aero, the R5 Turbo 3E looks the part of a Group B rally car. PHOTO FROM RENAULT

Meet the Renault R5 Turbo 3E, an electric drift monster that looks equally at home in the future as it does on an ’80s sci-fi movie set. It’s named 3E as it’s technically the third Renault 5 Turbo and it’s electric.

This fun box is fitted with two seats, a 42kWh battery, and two electric motors that produce 380hp and 700Nm. All that power goes straight to the rear wheels and catapults the 3E from zero to 100km/h in a mere 3.5 seconds, and up to a top speed of 200km/h.

the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon
the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon
the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon

The electronics remind us of a gaming PC rig. PHOTO FROM RENAULT

Standing just over 4m in length, 2m wide and 1.3m tall, the latest Renault 5 Turbo weighs a lot more than the original car. A hefty 1,500kg wants to be flung around, whereby 980kg of it is the car itself and 520kg the batteries.

Pop the car on a 380V/32A charger and it will refill its batteries in two hours, ready for more sideways fun. Renault is pushing the retro gaming angle hard with this concept car, and the pink, blue and yellow LED strips that light up when the car drifts are just the start.

the renault r5 turbo 3e is the insane reincarnation of an icon

The cockpit looks straight out of a video game. PHOTO FROM RENAULT

Where the second-generation Renault Turbo had 10 analog dials, its fancy successor now comes with 10 digital ones, and they have been made to look like elements from a video game. As has the button that switches this machine on.

Instead of “Start,” it says “Free Play,” and even the various driving modes have been renamed to things like “Turbo,” “Track Invader,” and “Donut.” The R5 Turbo 3E made its debut at the 2022 Chantilly Arts & Elegance competition in France on September 25.

Keyword: The Renault R5 Turbo 3E is the insane reincarnation of an icon

CAR'S NEWS RELATED

Flying the Coke logo, Renault Trucks call Tesla's Elon Musk all talk with no Semi to deliver

The Tesla Semi, the company’s first long haul EV truck, was first announced as a concept in 2017. Founder Elon Musk said the Semi will be delivered by 2019 but typical of Tesla, nothing is ever delivered as claimed. Fast forward to 2022, the company has yet to deliver ...

View more: Flying the Coke logo, Renault Trucks call Tesla's Elon Musk all talk with no Semi to deliver

Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs

Two decades on, the Clio V6 still seems gloriously bonkers. We discover the truth about its troubled birth – and remind ourselves what it was like to drive

View more: Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs

Renault Megane E-Tech joins EV subscription service Onto

Electric car subscription service Onto has added the newly released Renault Megane E-Tech to its fleet. Onto offers a sustainable, flexible and hassle-free alternative to traditional car ownership. Customers can choose from a wide range of electric vehicles, now including the newly released Renault Megane E-Tech in the Techno ...

View more: Renault Megane E-Tech joins EV subscription service Onto

Is the Renault Clio good for families?

Safety rating Download the new Renault Clio V brochure here Life with the Clio The Clio is one of Europe's favourite hatchbacks, but Europeans have smaller families and narrower city streets! Should you buy a Clio if you have a significant other and one or two children? The Renault ...

View more: Is the Renault Clio good for families?

Is the 2022 Renault Clio good for families?

Safety rating Download the new Renault Clio V brochure here Life with the Clio The Clio is one of Europe's favourite hatchbacks, but Europeans have smaller families and narrower city streets! Should you buy a Clio if you have a significant other and one or two children? The Renault ...

View more: Is the 2022 Renault Clio good for families?

Renault Mégane RS v Nissan GT-R Nismo – evo heroes fond farewell

Nissan's GT-R and the Mégane RS are two bona fide evo icons, but with both recently gone off sale we head out for one final drive and ask what's next.

View more: Renault Mégane RS v Nissan GT-R Nismo – evo heroes fond farewell

Renault Mégane RS & Nissan GT-R Nismo – evo heroes meet their end

The Nissan GT-R and Mégane RS are two bona fide evo heroes, but both have recently left UK showrooms. Time to throw them a retirement do – and ponder what comes next

View more: Renault Mégane RS & Nissan GT-R Nismo – evo heroes meet their end

BE: Coca-Cola opts for zero-emission solutions from Renault Trucks

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) is starting to use electric trucks in Belgium for last-mile deliveries to customers. The company has ordered 30 e-trucks from Renault Trucks, the first five of which will begin operating immediately in and around Antwerp. Coca-Cola has opted for the Renault Trucks D E-Tech and ...

View more: BE: Coca-Cola opts for zero-emission solutions from Renault Trucks

Renault’s heavy electric trucks are now available to order

2023 Renault Kangoo E-Tech EV set to be Australia's cheapest electric van

All-new Renault Duster coming to India around 2024

Renault to list electric car unit on stock market, partner with China's Geely

See Renault Megane E-Tech Take On Bjørn's Banana Box Test

Renault Group Sets Up Ampere EV And Software Standalone Unit

1996 Renault Twingo Is Today's Bring a Trailer Auction Pick

1 year & 27K km with my pre-owned Renault Kiger: Ownership review

'Nothing is blocking' Nissan alliance talks, says Renault chairman

Renault touts 'warm' Nissan ties as pair review alliance

Renault to split into five specialised businesses

Renault Says Alpine Could Come To The United States With Two Larger EVs

OTHER CAR NEWS

;
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network