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The Renault 5 Maxi appeared in 1985, and Jean-Louis Bousquet drove it for its first two races in that season. In 1986, the Renault 5 Maxi failed to win the French Rally Championship, though Bousquet’s two victories would at least allow Renault to finish fourth overall. Jean Ragnotti came in sixth.
The car was upgraded for the 1987 season, gaining 30bhp in power, and Erik Comas took over from Jean Ragnotti. With this configuration, the Renault 5 won six events out of 12 to bring home the French Superproduction Championship ahead of some very serious competition, from the likes of Audi, Porsche, Peugeot and BMW.
After the 1987 season, the “5″ stood down to let its big sister -the Renault 21 Turbo 4×4- take over.
Name: Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
Model year: 1987
Engine: Renault four-cylinder in-line unit – Capacity 1397cc – Bore 76mm – Stroke 77mm – Garrett T4/T3 turbocharger
Nominal power: 380bhp at 7500rpm – Torque 43mkg at 5000rpm
Gearbox: Five forward gears and reverse – Two-disc clutch
Brakes: Ventilated discs front an rear – Four-piston calliper – Forced cooling – Adjustable pedal – Two master cylinders, front and rear – Adjustable limiter with hand lever and hydraulic control
Coachwork: Single shell in reinforced steel
Dimensions: 3.66m long by 1.85m wide by 1.33m high
Top speed: 190 to 274kph depending on gearbox ratio