Renault returns to Bonneville sixty years after, and sets a new record


The Renault Etoile Filante was present in the Speed Week of Bonneville 2016

Bonneville, in Utah (united States), is considered as a temple, world speed: in its salty lakes have been established countless records car, almost always related to the speed more pure.

In August 1956, the Renault Etoile Filante visiting Bonneville to set four new world records at a speed of 308,9 km/h, two of which still remain in force today. And in full in 2016, exactly sixty years after that feat, Renault returns to Bonneville to celebrate the anniversary.

Renault has not come back from there with empty hands: the French brand, through its division Renault Classic, it has been present with the own prototype Etoile Filante and with a Dauphine of 1956. And precisely the Renault Dauphine has been able to achieve a new world record, strange as it may seem.


Renault Dauphine, or how to dial a speed record at Bonneville in 2016 with their 123,18 km/h

they also celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of his birth, on August 14 this Renault Dauphine has managed to get a speed record at Bonneville within its category, with Nicolas Prost (pilot of Formula (E) to your steering wheel. 76,541 mph, or what is the same, 123,18 km/h: a veteran classic as this can also be fast in its own way.

as Well, this unit from the Renault Dauphine -with engine of 956 cubic inches – broke the previous record in the category CGC (Classic Gas Coupe), for vehicles with engine capacity between the 754 and the 1.015 cm3 manufactured between 1928 and 1981. On the other hand, the simple presence of the Renault Etoile Filante drew a lot of attention in Bonneville 2016.


Renault Etoile Filante 1956

As futuristic as six decades ago, the Etoile Filante adopted technologies from aviation, as its sleek aerodynamics and a turbine engine with 270 HP created in collaboration with Turbomeca, another French company specializing in turbines for use in aircraft.

With tubular chassis and a body of polyester very light, in 1956, this prototype was able to achieve a speed of 308,9 km/h in Bonneville during five kilometres. With Jean H├ębert as a pilot, this record of the Renault Etoile Filante was the most rapid for a car of combustion turbine, and still remains in effect today.