1976: the Alpine version finally goes on sale. It features a 1,289cc block bored out to 1,397cc,
producing 93hp at 6,400 rpm. The front end features a specific spoiler. The suspension settings
are tuned for oversteer, which allows driving talent to shine through.
1978: the small Alpine achieved its first notable result on the Rallye Monte-Carlo, in the hands of Jean Ragnotti. Assisted by unpredictable weather, plenty of snow and despite suffering in terms at the hands of the rival Group 4 machinery, the Renault 5 made the most of its remarkable traction. Ragnotti performed a virtuoso balancing act to finish second behind the Porsche of Nicolas. The Renault 5 earned the nickname ‘skateboard’, while Guy Fréquelin took third place.