Renault Celebrates 50 Years Of The Renault 5

The Renault 5 is celebrating its 50th anniversary, with 5 million units being sold since its initial launch in 1972. The car has a rich history, particularly in performance and motorsport, and the Renault 5 Turbo is one of the most iconic hot hatches from the 80's, sporting unique bodywork and a mid-mounted engine.

The R5 is returning in 2024 as an all-electric version, with design choices that highlight the distinct characteristics of the original car.

Renault will be hosting numerous events throughout the year to celebrate the R5's anniversary:

JanuaryTo start the events, the Renault 5 Alpine Group II accompanied by a Renault 5 Turbo will attend the Monte-Carlo Historique. The latter will be driven by Alain Serpaggi for the occasion.On the 28 January an exclusive film made in Stopmotion will be broadcasted across Renault channels, alongside the hashtag #50YEAR5 which will accompany all Renault 5 activations across the year.
MarchFor the 2022 edition of Retromobile, Renault will present a brand new booth entirely dedicated to the Renault 5. Twelve vehicles will be on display from 16-20 March, with a guest star: the Renault 5 Prototype. This will form part of an announcement for the rebirth of the model in 2024.

A whole collection of objects bearing a model of the Renault 5, specifically designed for its 50 years, will be available on the booth at the Estafette-shop The Originals.

From this month, there will be regular communication on the roll out of NFTs in which fans will be allowed to start acquiring various works of art created based on the theme of Renault 5 throughout the year.

April The Renault Classic facilities will host an exhibition of the most emblematic Renault 5 models. This exhibition will be physically open to media and accessible virtually to the general public.v
JuneThe creation of an original concept car in collaboration with a renowned designer to celebrate seventies pop and the colourful Renault 5 universe. There will also be other projects, this time around music, which will be revealed during the month.
JulyAn interactive activation that allows fans to look back at the cinematographic career of the Renault 5.
SeptemberThe Renault 5 exhibition taking place in Angoulême at the Circuit des Remparts.
NovemberThe production of a stopmotion film dedicated to the various competitions that the Renault 5 has taken part in during its lifetime. The Epoqu'Auto show in Lyon where there will be an exhibition of several Renault 5 models.

Three Crews Enrolled For The Monte-Carlo Historique​

Renault has participated in the 24th Monte-Carlo Historique, a ledgendary rally that will honour the R5's rich history in the sport. The first one is a 1980 Renault 5 Turbo driven by Alain Serpaggi, who was French Rally Champion in 1985 with the same car. To assist him, François Allain will be at his side as co-driver.

The second and the third crew joined the rally with two Renault 5 Alpine. One from 1978 with Christian Chambord as pilot and Patrick Fourestié as co-driver. The second from 1980, will be driven by Julien Saunier with Jean-Pierre Prévot as co-driver.

These three teams competed in the category IV which corresponds to the vehicles produced between the 1/1/1977 and the 31/12/1982. Renault won the Monte-Carlo rally in 1981 with the R5 Turbo, and the R5 Alpine scored 2nd and 3rd in 1978 while being the firsts in their category.