Who says they don’t make ’em like they used to?

The legendary Renault 5 Turbo was the first turbocharged commercial car, but its maker uses the same technology today

18th August, 2019
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The Renault 5 Turbo 2

These days you’ll struggle to find an engine in the Renault model range that isn’t turbocharged. In fact, that’s almost an industry-wide phenomenon thanks to downsizing. But forced induction is nothing new the automotive world: as far back as the early 1900s, engineers obsessed about how to extract more performance from the combustion engine. On December 17, 1902, one Louis Renault registered a patent for the centrifugal supercharger. It was later used in aircraft as...

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