fast and … fast
Nervasport des records
The 1920s and 1930s were all about were chasing records, on land, in the air and on water. Not one to rest on his laurels after the world records set by Renault 40 CV in 1925 and 1926, Louis Renault set out to develop another record-breaking car. The project was led by four drivers and headed by Auguste Riolfo. The result? Renault Nervasport, with a special version designed to beat speed records.
To develop this vehicle designed to smash records, Renault used the existing Renault Nervasport as its basis, since it combined power and aerodynamics – the keys to speed. It used a standard engine from its production line and built the car’s structure on a wooden frame and standard chassis, while the bodywork was conceived by Marcel Riffard, an engineer specialised in racing aircraft profiles (for Caudron-Renault).
Like a lightning strike in the night, the sound of the Renault Nervasport’s engine is fleeting, evoking speed. Fasten your seatbelts, switch on the sound and enjoy!
Powered by an 8-cylinder inline engine with displacement of 4,825 cm3 delivering 108 hp, combined with a 3-speed gearbox (plus reverse) and weight of 1,600 kg, Renault Nervasport could reach speeds of around 190 kph.
Imagine the scene: over 4-5 April 1934, the car and its drivers ran non-stop around the Montlhéry circuit. After 48 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds (the 24 Hours of Le Mans is nothing in comparison!), Renault Nervasport crossed the finish line having broken nine international records and three world records, including: 8,037 km in 48 hours, i.e. an average of 167.445 kph (stops included). Mission accomplished!
a single model
- Performance and engine
8 cylinders inline, 4,825 cm3, 108 hp
3-speed gearbox + reverse
around 190 kph
- dimensionsLength 5,20 mWidth 1,87 mHeight 1,59 m
front engine, rear-wheel drive
bodywork with wooden structure built on a separate chassis
The record-breaking version of Renault Nervasport was a one-off and the model presented here is an identical replica, produced by Renault Classic. This reconstruction is based on a chassis, a mechanical set-up, drive trains and other components from that time. Renault Classic also designed a handcrafted aluminium body for this model, placed over a wooden structure, just like the original car.