Legacy

1926

Renault 40 CV

AN OBSESSION WITH SPEED

In the first third of the 20th century, car manufacturers were in a real race: to produce the fastest cars they could. Renault already had some commercial success with the 40CV, production of which began in 1911, However, it was the replacement of the older six-cylinder 7.5-litre engine with a larger 9.1-litre version in the Type HD Version of 1920 that really made a difference, followed by the addition in 1922 of a hydraulic servo-brake system. When Renault then streamlined the 40CV in 1925 and 1926, the records began to tumble fast.

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1934

Renault Nervasport des Records

A PREMIUM PRODUCTION CAR

In 1932 production began on the Renault Nervasport – a straight-eight engine luxury sports car. Based on the larger and heavier Nervastella, the word ‘sport’ in the name reflected the marque’s "superpuissance" (superpowered) formula, whereby the engine from the larger Nervastella model was combined with a shortened chassis and lighter body. As the need for speed increased, Louis Renault once again instructed his engineers to build something faster based on the production car. He called on Auguste Riolfo, head of testing, to design a car that could attack records on the circuit at Montlhéry. The result was the Renault Nervasport Records.

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