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Brabham BT34
Scale 1/24
Kit Manufacturer
Detail Sets Studio27, Acustion
Year 1981
Driver Jean Ragnotti (Fra)
Event Monte Carlo Rally
Paint Halfords Gloss Appliance White &
Zero Paints Renault Elf Yellow

Date Completed Junue 2006
Additions After market seatbelt and hardware, details to interior and engine
Box Art boxart

This car was given its debut in the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally and was driven by Frenchman Jean Ragnotti in the original Renault yellow, black & white colour scheme, the car won the event and Ragnotti achieved his first of only 3 WRC victories. The Renault appeared at a time considered to be the 'Golden Era' of rallying, competing against the likes of young Fin Henri Toivenen in a Talbot Sunbeam, Hannu Mikkola & Michelle Mouton in the all new 4WD Audi Quattros, Ari Vatanen in the Privateer Rothmans Ford Escort MkII and other manufacturers including Opel Ascona, Fiat Arbarth, Datsun 160J & a big budget entry from Mercedes with the 450SL which proved to be a big disappointment.

The Renault 5 was powered by a 1397cc straight 4 cylinder OHV engine with a Gallet T3 single Turbo system giving a power output of around 250hp, transmission was a 5 speed unit derived from the Renault 30TX, Aluminium paneling was used instead of the heavy fiberglass which kept weight to around 900kg. In total the Renault 5 won 3 WRC events, its replacement, the Renault 5 Turbo Maxi winning one more. Further victories may have followed however the FIA ban of group B cars in 1986 put an end to the Renault 5's participation in rallying.

The original Tamiya kit is a curbside version however I decided to open both the bonnet and rear hatch to reveal a fully detailed engine in the rear and ancilliary components such as radiator, battery, coolants etc are under the bonnet. A trip to the Festival of Speed last year gave me the idea for this project and I managed to get a considerable number of reference pictures of the actual vehicle on the Renault motorsport stand. Upgrade items from Studio 27 & Acu-stion and further items from Scale Motorsport as well as numerous scratch built parts were used to enhance the details of the model.

Renault 5 Turbo Gallery
Click above for build and completed pictures

Renault 5 Turbo - 1981 Press Release
Renault 5 Turbo - 1981 San Remo Rally
Renault 5 Turbo - 1981 RAC Rally (GB)
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