One of Renault’s ultimate performance racing machine and a highly collectible car today. The Renault 5 Maxi Turbo scored its maiden win on the 1981 Monte Carlo rally, and remained a serious adversary until the all-wheel drive Group B cars arrived. Renault’s successful Five was chosen as the unlikely basis for small, light and ferociously fast new mid-engined weapon. The idea was to move its engine from the front to the middle of the car to improve its traction and handling. The result was a rather strange looking Five, its rear wings distended by swollen wheel arches, its rear seats sacrificed to make room for a highly tuned, turbocharged 1.4 litre engine producing 162bhp. The Rernault 5 Maxi Turbo came after the Turbo 1 and 2 who was primarily designed for rallying, but was also sold in a street version. A total of 4987 (turbo 1: 1820 and turbo 2: 3167) R5 Turbos were manufactured during a six-year production run. To get around strict regulations for Group B rally cars, it decided to change capacity class. Ultimately, Renault produced just 20 units of the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.