What do you do when you're an automaker that wants to go rallying with a mid-engined car, but don't have the money to build something all-new? If you're Renault in the 1970s (and really, who isn't?), you take a humble 5 hatchback and stick a turbocharged four-cylinder right behind the driver. Then, you make a road-going version.
In their latest video, our friends at Petrolicious caught up with Christophe Guerin, the owner of a gorgeous Renault 5 Turbo 2. Guerin grew up just down the road for Le Mans and has a long history with both Renault and French motorsport. After driving an R5 Turbo as a kid, he knew he needed to own one someday.
The used lightweight aluminum body panels, and proved to be a minor sales success, despite its high cost and seemingly limited appeal. For the R5 Turbo 2, Renault brought the price down by using heavier steel components, but performance wasn't affected significantly.
We live in a golden age of hot hatches, but even the new Focus RS and Civic Type R can't match the R5 Turbo 2 for sheer absurdity. It's the mid-engined, rear-drive French oddball of your wildest dreams.