Introduction

Following the glorious age of the Alpines, Renault turned its attention to rallying with the Renault 17. Between 1972 and 1975, it competed in rallies on behalf of the brand and became the first Renault model to win a World Championship event when Jean-Luc Thérier and Christian Delferrier finished first at the 1974 Press on Regardless Rally. In addition to this unprecedented success in the United States, the fourteen official cars prepared at the factory gradually benefited from the introduction of new technologies, which reduced the car’s weight and therefore improved its performance. These changes included the use of aluminium components…