In 1932 production began on the Renault Nervasport – a straight-eight engine luxury sports car. Based on the larger and heavier Nervastella, the word ‘sport’ in the name reflected the marque’s "superpuissance" (superpowered) formula, whereby the engine from the larger Nervastella model was combined with a shortened chassis and lighter body. As the need for speed increased, Louis Renault once again instructed his engineers to build something faster based on the production car. He called on Auguste Riolfo, head of testing, to design a car that could attack records on the circuit at Montlhéry. The result was the Renault Nervasport Records.