A trio of Renault 5 Alpines will contest this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique to start the celebrations marking the car’s 40th anniversary.
The cars have been purposely prepared for the event and will be driven by Frenchmen Jean Ragnotti who was second on the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally in a 5 Alpine, Alain Serpaggi and Manu Guigou. All three cars will start the rally from Reims.
This year, Renault is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Renault 5, which notched up total sales of five million cars in the course of its career. The diminutive French hatchback will be in the spotlight throughout 2012, and celebrations will kick off with the presence of three original, Renault-entered Renault 5 Alpines on the 2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique.
The three cars have been specially prepared for the Monegasque event by Renault Classic. They were entirely stripped and carefully rebuilt as a function of the challenge that awaits them along the 2,500km route.
Emmanuel Guigou, the 2008 French Gravel Rally Championship runner-up who is more accustomed to the Group N4 Megane R.S. than the ‘R5 Alpine’.
Alain Serpaggi, a former test driver with Alpine who has an impressive, eclectic record in motorsport.
Jean Ragnotti will drive the same car (N°19) which he steered to second place overall on the 1978 Rallye Monte-Carlo. That landmark performance for the driver and his diminutive front-wheel drive car was backed up by a podium finish for Guy Fréquelin who came third on the same event.
- Engine: four cylinders in-line, 1,397cc,
- Transmission: front-wheel drive, five-speed gearbox + reverse
- Brakes: discs all-round
- Length: 3.56m / Width: 1.52m / Weight: 870kg
- Top speed: approximately 190kph