Renault - History 1
There have been vehicles of very different kind during the more than one hundred-year-old history of Renault, very big with approx. 13 litres cubic capacity and very small with approx. 0.3 litres and less than 2 HP (type
A). Louis Renault (*1877), the son of a draper and racing driver, started constructing and selling cars (Société Renault Frères) together with two of his brothers, Marcel (*1872) and Fernand (*1865) in 1899. The
company has remained true the racing since its formation. Just think of the turbocharged engines - in earlier days still with carburetor. Just recently elected (2013) with the crown of Formula 1, this commitment
permeates the story of the successful beginning to the present.
Supposedly, it began with a bet the Louis Renault wins Christmas 1998 when he overcame the Rue Lepic dreaded because of its slope, with its only just developed Voiturette. This brought 12 orders still in the same
year. Another 71 came in the next year, when Louis and Marcel won the three outgoing races from Paris, long between circa 50 and 350 km.
After the Model A came on the market in the shape of B and C in 1900, a first fully closed and a pickup truck with box-type construction. There was a 5000km endurance test and further race wins. With 350 orders the
number of employees significantly rose above 100. Quickly were introduced the models D (4.5 CV) and E (6 CV) next year. The early focus was on the drives, while the bodywork were variable from single-seater up to
a kind of convertible with "mother in law seat". 01/18
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