The maddest hot hatches ever built
Homologation rules meant you could actually buy these bonkers road-going racers…
Posted: 04 Feb 2014
Renault 5 Turbo
If your palms are inconveniently dry while driving high-powered cars, may we recommend this? It’s a Renault 5 Turbo. And it likes to go forward very quickly. Then sideways. Then backwards. Into a bush. It’s got a tiny wheelbase, this thing, and combined with a mid-mounted 160hp 1.4-litre turbo four-pot driving the rear wheels, it does enjoy inverting itself.
Homologated for Group 4 rallying (the precursor to Group B), it only weighed 970kg so it’d still hit 62mph in 6.6 seconds and got on to a top speed of 130mph. Not bad considering Dexy's Midnight Runners were Number 1 at the time.