Renault R5 Turbo 3E: this electric car inspired by the “Zapatito” has drifting as its mission

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the R5, the car that in Mexico was baptized as “Zapatito” (this due to its design and compact dimensions), Renault has created a series of concepts inspired by this iconic model.

One of those prototypes created by Renault is the R5 Turbo 3E, a 100 percent electric car whose number one objective is to drift and thereby demonstrate its driving dynamics.

Inspired by the Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2

Aesthetically, this concept car combines a futuristic design with numerous references to motorsports and video games. This combination propels this R5 towards modernity and technology, on the border between the real and the virtual.

Together with the striking bodywork, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E offers performance of a higher level. An example of this is its drift capabilities thanks to its rear-wheel drive system.


Like the Renault 5 Turbo, this prototype is a two-seater, with the rear occupied by its electrical system: two motors driving each of the rear wheels, with the batteries located under the floor.

Higher power

This set is mounted on a tubular chassis, protected by a flat bottom and surrounded by safety arches approved by the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation). Total, both engines register a total output of 280 kW (380 horsepower) and 516 pound-feet of torque.

By merging this power with its reduced mass, this “Shoe” of the future can travel 100 meters from a standing start in just 3.5 seconds (3.9 seconds in drift mode) and reach a top speed of 200 km/h.

Because the motors send the power to the rear and it offers “Drift” driving mode, the car can do crossover maneuvers to make driving fun and eye-catching.n. It is able to dodge obstacles in an exemplary way thanks to a steering angle of the wheels greater than 50 degrees.

totally retrofuturistic

To achieve the best power-to-weight ratio, this concept employs carbon fiber in the hood, doors and interior. This lightness is accompanied by high aerodynamics, which is carried by the side air intakes similar to those of the Renault 5 Turbo 2, In addition, it is equipped with a rear spoiler, which allows it to increase the aerodynamic load on the rear even in the most extreme skids.

Up front, the Renault R5 Turbo 3E features a fascia with large air intakes that provide both cooling and downforce. Its vertical division into three parts is also reminiscent of the R5 Turbo 2. It also features square-shaped fog lights, as in the past: there are four of them and they are LED.

At the front and rear, more pink, blue, and yellow LED lights form bands that light up and flash as the car skids. Finally, the camouflage decoration and the Plexiglas windows in a pink tone and the left rear window, with a decal “La vie en rose” makes this concept more striking.


Another peculiarity of this Renault R5 Turbo 3E is that it has a dozen mounting brackets for cameras, both inside and outside, to facilitate the recording of driving and get the best images of the drifting sessions.

Inside, this prototype has a modern atmosphere with references to the world of motoring, video games and, of course, the iconic R5 and R5 Turbo 2. Highlights are the carbon fiber racing seats, the harness seat belts, the steering wheel Y the vertical handbrake characteristic of drift cars.

To this we must add ten digital screens that show graphics inspired by Pixel Art (a form of digital art that uses low resolution and a limited number of colors) and Glitch Art (aesthetics of analog or digital errors) with features inspired by retro video games.

With all this image and performance, it would be great if this car made it to mass production, and thus see it roll on the streets and highways.

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