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.
Three French drivers have been selected to drive the cars from the start in Reims on Monday, January 30, to the finish in Monaco:
- Emmanuel Guigou, the 2008 French Gravel Rally Championship runner-up who is more accustomed to the Group N4 Mégane R.S. than the ‘R5 Alpine’.
- Alain Serpaggi, a former test driver with Alpine who has an impressive, eclectic record in motorsport.
- and the famous Jean Ragnotti who will drive the 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 (third).