Renault celebrates Bonneville history and sets new record
Renault has taken an old record breaker back to the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new speed record in the process.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the record 192mph run at the Bonneville Salt Flats by the Renault Etoile Filante on 5 September 1956, the interesting turbine-powered car returned to the stunning location.
The record-breaking Etoile Filante, which means ‘shooting star’ in French, set a speed of 308.9kph over a kilometre, and 308.85kph over 5km back in 1956 – a record that still holds for a turbine-powered car today.
Although turbine technology would ultimately not make it to the mass market in the automotive sector, it was an area of great interest following the war. The Etoile Filante was designed to boost public awareness of the technology, and consisted of 270bhp gas turbine, and a sleek polyester body covering a tubular spaceframe chassis.
Renault wasn’t just celebrating this record, but also marking the 60th anniversary of the Dauphine’s entry onto the market in the USA. To celebrate this, Renault prepared a Dauphine, which managed to hit 76.541mph on the morning of August 14, 2016.
With Frenchman Nicolas Prost behind the wheel, the 956cc-engined car beat the existing CGC record (Classic Gas Coupé) for cars made between 1928 and 1981, with an engine capacity of between 754cc and 1015cc.Want to build your own Dauphine record breaker? Take a look at these classic Renaults in the classifieds