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19 November 2014 by Groupe Renault - Heritage

Renault at the Lyon Epoqu’Auto classic car show

Renault was at the Epoqu'Auto 2014 historic car show in Lyon with mythical models —such as the famous fifty-year-old R8 Gordini— in a 1,000 square metre exhibition area. The operation was masterminded by Renault Classic, with valuable support from twenty FCRA (French Federation of Renault & Alpine Clubs) member clubs.

18 September 2014 by Groupe Renault - Heritage

Spotlight on the history of Renault during the European heritage days

On the occasion of the European heritage days on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, Renault will be taking part in the events organised by the town of Boulogne-Billancourt, the brand’s historical home. The programme includes a parade of vintage cars through the town, a car exhibition in the “Renault Histoire” museum and events on the Île Seguin. A mouth-watering menu for car-lovers from near and far!

Tags: history

24 April 2014 by Groupe Renault - Heritage

The Renault Etoile Filante, fastest car in the world

September 5, 1956. The whistle of a turbine echoes across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. The sound issues from a singular-looking blue vehicle, Renault’s Etoile Filante (Shooting Star). Developer Jean Hébert takes to the wheel for the vehicle’s first outdoor run, after two years of wind-tunnel testing. Several minutes later the Etoile Filante sets a new land speed record, peaking at 308.85 km/h. Read on as we look back at the history of the experimental car – the Renault missile that proved the world’s fastest car!

29 January 2014 by Claude Viret - Heritage

Chrono 115 episode 10: the turbocharging saga

More powerful cars… Even right at the start of the 20th century that was what carmakers wanted, and their main showcase was motor racing. Louis Renault had become a leading name in the automobile world since the launch in 1898 of his “Voiturette” with a De Dion Bouton engine and revolutionary direct drive transmission. But it was only in 1902 that Renault began designing its own engines.

Tags: engine history

21 January 2014 by Claude Viret - Heritage

Chrono 115, episode 9: creation of the corpoate design department in 1988

The term “design” only appeared at Renault in 1988 when Patrick le Quément, a designer who began his career with Simca before moving on to management posts with Ford and Volkswagen-Audi, was asked by Renault chairman Raymond H. Lévy to head what was still called Renault Styling. By giving styling a more important role, Mr Lévy hoped to restore the company’s image. Mr le Quément, given a free hand, set up the Corporate Design Department with a radically new structure and working methods.