From January 31 to February 4, one of the largest exhibitions of retro cars, Retromobile 2024, is taking place in Paris. This year, the Renault stand was especially surprising, where unique racing cars are presented that have set many records. And above all of them rises the Caudron-Reanault Rafale C.460 sports aircraft, reports LesVoitures.
Let us recall that Louis Renault acquired the aircraft manufacturing company Caudron in the 30s. In 1936, the Caudron-Reanault Rafale C.460 won the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe competition with an average speed of 443.96 km/h. It was powered by an inverted 6-cylinder air-cooled Renault 456 engine with a power of 310 hp. With.
And this racing car “Shooting Star” (Etoile Filante) set two speed records in the category of vehicles weighing up to 1000 kg on September 5, 1956 at the Bonneville Salt Lake. At a distance of 1 km – 306.9 km/h, and at a distance of 5 km – 308.85 km/h. It is noteworthy that the vehicle was equipped with a 270 hp Turbomeca helicopter (!) turboshaft engine. With.
The Renault-Riffard 4CV racing car also deserves attention. Its aerodynamic body, similar to an airplane wing, received an offset cabin. Only the pilot's helmet peeked out from behind the plexiglass fairing.
An exact copy of the Renault Nervasport car is also very interesting. This car set three speed records at the Linas-Montlhéry circuit in 1934. Over the course of 48 hours, she showed an average speed of 167.445 km/h. She also distinguished herself with average speed over distances of 4000 and 5000 miles in two days of continuous riding. Under the long hood of the car there was an in-line 8-cylinder engine with a displacement of 4825 cm3. In total, 9 records were set on this machine.
The Renault 40CV racing car, manufactured in 1926, also attracts attention. Under its hood there is an engine with a displacement of over 9 liters.
At the Retromobile exhibition in Paris you can see another interesting Renault car, presented outside the company stand. This is the iconic Renault 8 Grande, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.