Rate It: What If You Could Rally a Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine in Modern Times?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Aug 7, 2020 | Renault, Alpine, Rate It, Monte-Carlo

1978? No, how about 2018.

Renault entered a quartet of Group 2 Renault 5 Alpines in that year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. No, these weren’t the mid-engine supercars but were instead based on the standard front-drive models.

From the Renault release:

In 1978, Renault Sport took the bold decision to defend its colours in rallying with the diminutive front-wheel drive Renault 5 Alpine. The 1978 Rallye Monte-Carlo saw Jean Ragnotti steer the hot hatch to second overall and Group 2 victory, while Guy Fréquelin came third overall on the same event. It was this double-podium which led to the car being referred to fondly as the ‘skateboard’.

The Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine would top the charts through the 1980 season. What replaced it? Yep, the legendary Renault 5 Turbo. 

Even so, these Group 2 cars punch a lot of buttons: giant auxiliary lamps, three-piece wheels and tacked-on flares. 

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spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/7/20 12:28 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

That's really cool! thanks for sharing this story guys!

I'v been playing Dirt Rally 2.0 lately and I really enjoy driving the older cars.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/7/20 1:09 p.m.

In reply to spacecadet (Forum Supporter) :

Glad you enjoyed. 

RossD MegaDork
8/7/20 1:50 p.m.

Might be front wheel drive, but still mid engined! wink

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