In 1980 Renault introduced the new R5 Turbo as a pure homologation special to compete in Group 4 racing and international rallies. The 5 Turbo was based on the production Renault 5 Alpine, but Renault engineers scrapped the standard front-engine, front wheel drive layout in favour of a mid-engine, rear-drive setup. In 1981 Jean Ragnotti and his co-driver Jean-Marc Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault, and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse. In 1984 Group B homologation was sought for the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo to enable it to contest the World Rally Championship. Ragnotti added another Tour de Corse win with the 5 Maxi Turbo in 1985. After the first batch of 400 road cars had been made to satisfy Group 4 homologation volume requirements, a second generation, known as the Turbo 2 was to follow.
The car you see here is a rare example of the early “8221” homologation version of the car, of which only 200 were produced, built to homologate the car in the over 1400cc class, allowing the car to use wider tyres. As such the “8221”s were fitted with a slightly larger 1430cc motor and a weight saving aluminium roof panel.
In good order in all respects, this example has been in the long term ownership of a collector of Group B homologation cars. During this time the car has been well maintained, driven and enjoyed carefully, and now shows a recorded mileage of just 58,000kms.
Turbo IIs are hugely enjoyable and rewarding cars to own, a genuinely iconic example of the ultimate era in rallying.