The Legend Automobiles project, launched three and a half years ago by designer Alan Dérosier in collaboration with Californian workshops SoCal Frenchiez Automotive and BloodMotorsport Garage, is gearing up to join Kimera Automobili, Automobili Amos and Elegend. All of them resurrect iconic cars of the past, but with a touch of modernity: Kimera – Lancia 037, Automobili Amos – Lancia Delta HF Integrale, Elegend – Audi Sport Quattro S1, and Legend Automobiles – Renault 5 Turbo. And judging by the first images, the Turbo 3 hatchback will be a worthy successor to the idea of the previous Turbo 2.
We know the name of Alan Derozier primarily due to his collaboration with MP Gemballa, although he also managed to work for Diahatsu, Chery, Faraday Future and Renault. Now Derozier is the leading stylist of the KISKA design bureau – but continues to dream of his own projects. Legend has it that initially Alan wanted to build Porsche 911 restomods, but since this market segment is already firmly occupied by Singer, he decided to switch to Renault 5 Turbo.
Almost nothing is known about the debut Legend Automobiles model. The car will be called Turbo 3 (that is, it will sort of continue the Renault 5 Turbo family), it will look like its predecessor and will receive modern LED optics. All the technical stuffing is questionable, but the details will not take long: Derozier promises to disclose information about the restomod in the coming days. The hatchbacks will be assembled in Los Angeles, and mostly by hand. By the way, under the Alpine brand they are going to produce a similar car, only it will be an electric car.
The Renault 5 Turbo model was released in 1980 to homologate the Group B rally car. Unlike the usual Renault 5, it had a mid-engine layout, received many lightweight components and specific Bertone seats, plus it was equipped with a 1.4 turbocharger with 160 horsepower and 221 Nm of torque. The second iteration of the Turbo 2 already sported the interior of the R5 Alpine, it had more in common with the regular Renault 5, but in terms of dynamics it was still not inferior to the original Turbo. From zero to one hundred, the car accelerated in 6.9 seconds at a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour.