Introduction

With the Nervasport des Records, Renault produced a car with the sole aim of breaking speed records. A single-seater car with a rocket-like profile somewhat reminiscent of an aeroplane: a long bonnet, rounded at the front, with a tapered rear…
Powered by an eight-cylinder, 4,825cc engine, the Nervasport headed onto the Montlhéry racetrack on 3 April 1934 for a 48-hour race, with four drivers taking it in turns to complete three-hour stints. On 5 April 1934, the car crossed the line having beaten the 48-hour world record for three to five-litre engine cars at an average speed of 167.445kph. It also managed to set new average speed records over 4,000 and 5,000 miles in the process.