Was The Renault R5 Turbo The Most Powerful French Car Of Its Day?

While reading through back issues of Motorsport Magazine like every normal person in America definitely does, I spotted a weird claim. There it was, on page 49 of the January 1980 issue. The 165 horsepower mill mounted in the rear of the little hatchback made it the “most powerful current French production model.” » 4/08/15 7:10pm 4/08/15 7:10pm

Watch Flame-Spitting Hatches Go Crazy On The Track

There's wild oversteer, brutal crashes, NASCAR-grade drafting, and it all comes from pint-sized European econoboxes. This is the 1981 European Championship of the Renault R5 Turbo Cup. They're tiny, they're adorable, and yet they're also these fire breathing mid-engined monsters. Watch them tear each other to pieces. » 1/12/12 1:00pm 1/12/12 1:00pm