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Étoile Filante

Etoile Filante
1956
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THE SKY’S

THE LIMIT

After the Second World War, aeronautical design was highly popular. Renault enthusiastically embraced this trend with experiments to adapt aeronautical technologies to the automotive sector. Renault Etoile Filante is a prime example of the era’s endeavours.

1956

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JET

French company Turboméca became known for its turbine engines in the post-war period. Its head, Monsieur de Szidlowski, was convinced that this technology had a future and was eager to share it with the public. His idea was to convince Renault to use his technology (a clever marketing strategy!). Casting aside his doubts, Pierre Lefaucheux, then head of Renault, agreed to give it a try.

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A BIT OF A

CRAZY

EXPERIENCE

Renault entrusted the production of this experimental car to three experienced professionals: Fernand Picard, head of research, Albert Lory, an engine manufacturer, and Jean Hébert, engineer and driver. The outcome was Renault Etoile Filante, built around a 270 hp turbine engine. This powered an extremely streamlined, lightweight polyester-clad body (the car was required to remain below the 1,000 kg weight mark to aim for the record it had its eye on).

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END OF THE

TURBINE

Despite the speed records, the turbine proved to be ill-suited to motor vehicle needs. As a result, all the carmakers who had shown an interest, Renault included, eventually pulled out.

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TURBOMECA

TURMO TURBINE

WITH 270 HP

  • production

    2

  • Performance and engine

    Turbomeca Turmo turbine with 270 hp

    around 330 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 4,84 m
    Width 1,81 m
    Height 1,10 m
  • architecture

    single-seater with tubular structure

    polyester bodywork

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BACK TO

THE FLATS

In 2016, Renault Etoile Filante celebrated the 60th anniversary of its record-breaking achievements with a return trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. During Speed Week, Nicolas Prost took to the wheel of the speedster driven by an electric motor (no more turbine!). The plan was to celebrate the car’s 60th anniversary and its records and bring back some great images, but no more records. In 2016, another 60-something broke records: Renault Dauphine!

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