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A couple of weeks ago I posted a story asking what the optimum number of spokes was for a steering wheel.
I mentioned two-spoke wheels but forgot all about the crazy two-spoker in the original Renault 5 Turbo until I saw this one pop up for sale at 4Star Classics.
The car is what we’ve come now to refer to as the Renault 5 Turbo 1, though the ‘1’ was only added retrospectively to differentiate it from the second-gen car that appeared in 1983 badged ‘Turbo 2’.
Those second run of cars followed the same basic recipe as the first: 160hp blown 1.4 8-valve engine mounted north-south behind the back seats with the gearbox closest to the rear, just like on a proper mid-engined two-seater.
But the 2s weren’t as special. Because the Turbo 1s had satisfied homologation requirements Renault was able to build the 2s with more regular R5 parts.
Stuff like plain steel body panels instead of light alloy. And to save money the interior was lifted straight from the ordinary front-engined Renault 5.
The Turbo 1’s interior, on the other hand, was lifted straight from the set of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and looks more '70s than Twiki's mushroom haircut.
Designed by Bertone and showcased spectacularly well by this car’s nuclear-blast-bright red and blue colour scheme, its focal point is a steering wheel with the weirdest spoke configuration ever.
If you fancy putting yourself behind this very weird wheel, be prepared to dig deep: this beautifully preserved 44,000-mile car is up for £90k right now.
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