The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016

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Lot 372
Renault 5 Turbo Groupe B « Tour de Corse » voiture d'usine 1983

Sold for € 195,500 (US$ 231,882) inc. premium
Ex-Jean Ragnotti, Paul Rouby, 6e au Tour de Corse 1986
Renault 5 Turbo Groupe B « Tour de Corse » voiture d'usine 1983
Châssis n° VF1822004D0000016

•Emblématique Groupe B spéciale d'homologation
•Une des 20 voitures d'usine
•Historique connu depuis son origine
•Restaurée par Stéphane Poudrel

La Renault 5 Turbo (puis Turbo 2), qu'il ne faut pas confondre avec les banales Renault 5 Gordini Turbo ou GT Turbo à traction avant, était un modèle spécial à moteur central, construit en série limitée entre 1979 et 1986 et destiné à l'homologation en Groupe B pour le rallye. L'immense expérience du turbo acquise par Renault en Formule 1 fut transposée au modeste moteur 1, 4 litres à soupapes en tête. Le turbo faisait monter la puissance à 160 ch (en version route) qui permettaient d'obtenir une vitesse maximale de 260 km/h et un 0 à 100 km/h aux environs de 7 secondes. Sur la Turbo, ce remarquable petit moteur était monté au centre (à la place des passagers arrière) et entrainait les roues arrière par le biais d'une transmission transaxle à cinq rapports.

La Turbo, une supercar à peine déguisée, fut dévoilée sous forme de prototype au Salon de Paris en 1978 et fit ses débuts en compétition en 1980. En 1981, Ragnotti/Andrié remportaient le rallye de Monte-Carlo pour Renault et l'année suivante Ragnotti gagnait le Tour de Corse. Confrontée à des voitures d'usine à transmission intégrale de plus en plus nombreuses, Renault répondit avec les versions 5 Tour de Corse et 5 Maxi Turbo, plus puissantes, Ragnotti s'adjugeant un Tour de Corse supplémentaire en 1985. À la fin de la saison, l'équipe d'usine retirait la 5 Turbo de la compétition. Si Renault avait choisi de prolonger la carrière internationale de la Turbo 5 au lieu de se concentrer sur les épreuves nationales, son palmarès au plus haut niveau aurait probablement été bien plus impressionnant.

Cette Renault 5 Tour de Corse, l'une des 20 Groupe B de compétition d'usine construites, a été pilotée par Jean Ragnotti au cours de la saison 1983. La correspondance entre le vendeur et M. Patrick Landon (directeur de Renault Sport Rallye entre 1978 et 1997) figurant au dossier atteste que le châssis n° D0000016 est l'une des trois voitures achetées et immatriculées par Renault Sport le 12 janvier 1983 (en même temps que les châssis 13 et 14).

De 1983 à 1985, le châssis n°16 a connu différentes livrées. Aux couleurs blanc et jaune de Renault Sport à l'origine lorsqu'elle courait aux mains de Jean Ragnotti, elle reçut ensuite les couleurs rouge et blanc (Philips), comme voiture d'essai aux mains de Ragnotti également, en 1984 et finalement la livrée Radiola au Tour de Corse en 1986. Elle termina 6e au classement général dans cette dernière épreuve avec Paul Rouby qui remporta aussi la Ronde de la Durance la même année.

Renault avait vendu la Tour de Corse à Paul Rouby en 1985. Lorsque le Groupe B fut interdit en 1987, Rouby vendit la voiture à un collectionneur français qui la garda jusqu'en 2002, avant de la vendre à un autre collectionneur.

Achetée par son propriétaire actuel en 2010, la voiture a été entièrement restaurée en France par Stéphane Poudrel, à La Garenne. Elle arbore aujourd'hui la livrée Renault Sport blanc et jaune caractéristique, comme lorsqu'elle courait aux mains de Jean Ragnotti. Elle est aujourd'hui équipée d'une boîte à crabot mais sa boîte Renault Sport d'origine est fournie. Toutes les autres pièces sont d'origine et le moteur a été préparé aux spécifications de Bozian Racing, qui travaillait exclusivement sur les voitures d'usine.

Cette excitante Renault 5 Tour de Corse, une authentique Groupe B de rallye en excellent état général et prête à l'usage, est vendue avec sa carte grise française des photos d'époque et le passeport technique FFSA de Paul Rouby (répertoriant tous les rallyes auxquels elle a participé à l'époque).

The ex-Jean Ragnotti, Paul Rouby, 6th overall Tour de Corse 1986
1983 Renault 5 Turbo Tour de Corse Group B Works Rally Car
Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016

•Iconic Group B homologation special
•One of only 20 works cars
•Known ownership history from new
•Restored by Stephane Poudrel

Not to be confused with the conventional front-wheel drive Renault 5 Gordini Turbo or GT Turbo, the Renault 5 Turbo (and later Turbo 2) was a mid-engined homologation special built in limited numbers for Group B rallying between 1979 and 1986. Renault's considerable Formula 1-derived turbo-charging expertise was applied to the humble 1.4-litre overhead-valve engine, resulting in a power increase to 160bhp (in road trim), an output sufficient for a top speed of 260km/h and a 0-100km/h time of around 7 seconds. In the Turbo, this remarkable little engine was mounted amidships (where the rear passenger seats had been) and drove the rear wheels via a five-speed transaxle.

A thinly disguised two-seater supercar, the Turbo was first seen in prototype form at the 1978 Paris Salon and made its competition debut in 1980 on the Tour de Corse, where Jean Ragnoti's 250bhp works car led the event before succumbing to electrical trouble. In 1981 Ragnotti/Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse again. Faced with increasing competition from teams running four-wheel drive cars, Renault responded with more powerful Tour de Corse and Maxi Turbo variants, Ragnotti adding another Tour de Corse win in the latter in 1985. At the end of the season the works team retired the 5 Turbo from competition. Had Renault chosen to contest a full international programme with the 5 Turbo rather than concentrating on French national events, then its record at the highest level would surely have been even more impressive.

One of only 20 works cars built for Group B competition, this Renault 5 Tour de Corse was raced during the 1983 season by Jean Ragnotti. Correspondence of file between the vendor and Mr Patrick Landon (Renault Sport Rally director between 1978 and 1997) states that chassis number 'D0000016' is one of three cars bought and registered by Renault Sport on the 12th January 1983 (together with chassis numbers '13' and '14').

From 1983 to 1985, chassis '16' had various different colour schemes. Originally it was finished in Renault Sport's white and yellow, when driven by Jean Ragnotti; then red and white (Philips) in 1984 when it was also a test car for Ragnotti; and finally in Radiola livery at the Tour de Corse in 1986. It was driven to 6th place overall in the latter event by Paul Rouby, who in the same year won 'La Ronde de la Durance' in France.

Renault Sport had sold the Tour de Corse to Paul Rouby in 1985. When Group B was abolished in 1987, Rouby sold the car to a French collector, who kept it until 2002 before selling it again to another French collector.

Bought by the current vendor in 2010, the car has been fully restored by Stephane Poudrel in La Garenne, France. It is now presented in Renault Sport's distinctive yellow and white livery, as it was when raced by Ragnotti. It has a straight cut gearbox fitted at present, but the original Renault Sport gearbox is supplied. Otherwise, all the parts are completely original, while the engine has been prepared to the same specification as that developed by Bozian Racing, who worked exclusively on the works cars.
A genuine Group B works rally car, in generally excellent condition and ready to be enjoyed, this exciting Renault 5 Tour de Corse is sold with French Carte Grise, a selection of period photographs, and Paul Rouby's Passeport Technique FFSA (showing all the rallies in which he participated in period).
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The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
The ex Jean Ragnotti / Paul Rouby – 6th overall Tour de Corse 1985 ,1983 Renault 5 Turbo Group B works rally car   Chassis no. VF1822004D0000016
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