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After the Dakar race, in which Christian de Leotard took part in a modified R5 Alpine 6×6, he wanted to thank Renault by creating a three-axle Renault 5 based on the R5 Turbo for one of the directors. It was supposed to become a kind of show car to increase sales of the model.

Since Renault didn’t make four-wheel drive cars until the 2000s, there were no suitable powertrains for 6x6s, and the Simpar systems were too unreliable, Christian decided to take a radical route and put 2 engines in the 6-wheel drive R5 Turbo.
In fact, it was a train with two locomotives, one at the front and one at the rear. Each engine drove its own pair of wheels; they could work simultaneously or separately. The wheel arrangement was 6×4 or 6×2, but in no case 6×6.

Each engine works with its own gearbox, which led to the appearance of a second gearshift lever to the right of the driver’s seat. The levers were connected by a rod to each other, so when changing the gear of one engine, the gear of the second was automatically changed.

The front seats could recline, opening access to the rear sofa with developed lateral support. Behind it was the second engine.

For some reason, the six-wheeled R5 Turbo ended up in a garage for a long time around 2000. A mold was to be made from its body to produce a dozen six-wheeled examples based on the Clio Sport.
Unfortunately, the car burned down during a fire in 2002. Interestingly, in 2019, the remains of the six-wheeled Renault were still in the same place, awaiting an insurance claim.

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