Well before Renault’s first Formula 1 incursions, the Étoile Filante brought the firmest possible proof of Renault’s extraordinary capacity for innovation. It had a polyester-clad tubular chassis and aviation-inspired aerodynamic features, and was powered by a turbine developing 270 bhp at 28,000 rpm.
More than sixty years ago, this spectacularly innovative machine set land speed records at the Bonneville salt lake in the USA:
*Records still unbeaten for this vehicle category
Quite aside from its media impact and ground-breaking design, way ahead of its time, the Étoile Filante project held major technical implications, providing engineers with an unprecedented opportunity to study the behaviour of a land vehicle at such a speed. Only two Étoiles Filantes were ever made.
True to the Étoile Filante spirit, the R.S. 2027 Vision concept car expresses the Renault vision of the shape of Formula 1 to come: avant-garde and innovation-rich.