the Renault 5 turbo 6 Christian wheels Leotard (1/3)
Until proven otherwise Christian de Léotard built 3 Renault 5 to 6 wheels :
- R5 TS
- the R5 Alpine
- R5 Turbo
the Renault 5 Turbo
It was after the race the Dakar with the R5 Alpine 6×6, Christian Leotard desired to thank Renault for creating a director, Renault 5 outstanding on a base R5 Turbo. She should make up the numbers in a garage in Paris to improve sales Renault.
Christian de Leotard disclosing very little information about its cars, I still do not have precise date of creation for this model…
Renault never made 4×4 until the late 2000, there was no usable to make a mechanical 6×6, Simpar and systems being too fragile and unsuited, Christian decided at the time to 2 engine in the Turbo 6 wheels.
Christian described me this self as a train fitted with 2 locomotives, a front and a rear, synchronized or not, in fact each motor drives a pair of wheels, they can be operated simultaneously or not.
It's a scoop, Renault 5 Turbo, is actually a 6×4 or 6×2, but in no case June 1×6.
Each engine is complete and equipped with its gearbox (The same model), and a rod system reduces boxes commands on 2 shifters coupled with a pantograph Leotard. By changing the speed of a motor, it automatically changing the speed of the other motor.
He explained that it was possible to ride with a motor or with 2. Consumption was lower without the Turbo engine !
I also have another scoop, the car was not finished, the front seats must be able to switch and allow access to a back seat, Turbo engine before who had remained on the rearmost axle, 90 cm below.
(12/09/2014) Waiting, Camille, Christian's son told me at the rear, there was a central bucket seat. Small, he made hundreds of kilometers in this place.
Anyway, I can tell you that this car rolled and she did a lot of mileage ! As against it never went in presentation in the famous garage in Paris.
I do not know why, but the R5 Turbo was parked in a garage near Nevers around the year 2000, A molding of its bodywork had to be done to produce ten copies based on Clio Sport in 6 wheels.
Sadly, the car (and garage ?) in burnt 2002. In 2019, the car is still in the same place pending reimbursement of the insurance.
(12/09/2014) Passionate about drawing in 3D, I tried to reproduce as faithfully as possible the Renault 5 Turbo 2 to 6 wheels. I immersed myself in the world of Renault 5 on the Facebook group, I asked a lot of questions to specialists, and even Christian Leotard brought me some technical details. What emerged was a new model that I put on the 3D image bank of Google Sketchup, you can download it here :
Renault 5 Turbo 6 wheels Leotard – 1987
Following the death of his father, Camille Leotard found a number of pictures of this fabulous car I beg of you hand them here. I added Camille watermarks & Christian for the property and avoid global dispersions.
Three images of an amateur who crossed the car on its way
R5 This twin engine, a central R5 Turbo engine and an engine of R5 Alpine at the front, so it has two gearboxes synchronized by the gear levers through a catenary creation course Leotard !
Both shifters, thanks to Thierry Parent of Team ZS for having found and scanned these 5 photos of a time when he really gave himself for the difficult design of this extraordinary car. He was really happy to have contributed to a number of Leotard cars, to have built and piloted them. Today in 2019, Thierry Parent has died, I had the chance to meet him once in Montlhéry, he gave me a lot of information and pictures but he left us really too early.
In the background of a photo of the Mercedes 280 GE Café de Colombia n ° 317 of Paris-Dakar 1988, certainly of poor quality…
Appeared in vintage car n ° 5 alongside the Peugeot P4 Pompier 6×6 de Christian.
The sad end of the R5 Turbo 2 to 6 wheels (photo and video of Christian Leotard – 2013)
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My friend Alexandre Martin's version, he designed it, it was for sale at one time, I don't know under which brand.
In any case, Christian de Léotard ordered him 10, Alexander delivered him, and Christian never paid them… Christian did them roughly, see the photos below… Alexandre had taken care to take photos, same of the package. He was really disappointed at the time…
It’s the bad side of Christian, he didn't pay his bills.
Still other versions
The artist views
These drawings come from Christian de Léotard but I don't know who they are. Admire two illustrations from the R5 6 project×6.
I had what I consider a gift from him,
a large format drawing on tracing, slightly damaged or, but admirable.
Could this be the original of the following ?
This lithograph was on sale at the Automobile Museum of Mougins (06) in May 2007, in the Museum shop. It is produced on CANSON A3 size paper. R5 is numbered No. 177/250 and signed Corinne de Maruy (?). Thanks to Jean-François Schlosser (Jeff Jeff) for his beautiful scans. (10/03/2008)
Another artist's view, much more recent (2019) from sklobeton.studio, a rims-oriented artist, see his instagram
A son of Stéphane to come out of his father's collection Pif, he has dragged the newspaper on the table, open to that page…
What a coincidence that he looked ! Like what Christian de Leotard was known in his time !!!