While it may rain, while it may Brexit, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is starting to feel as exciting as Spring Break – with about every major automaker and exotic manufacturer bringing something interesting.
Renault is among the carmakers looking to make a splash at this year’s edition, taking the show by storm with a plethora of models, old and new. While we’re eagerly awaiting for the next iteration of the Megane RS hot hatch to take it to the Focus RS, the French are enticing us with three blue speed machines, which are older than life, and still separated by several decades. But fret not, they may have leather hood straps and wood dashboards, but in the day they were among the fastest things on the planet. The footage includes as the oldest participant to the show on Renault’s behalf the 1925 Renault 40 CV Montlhery – its name honors a very famous track at the time. And it had a massive 9.1-liter engine – with a streamlined design in 1926 it managed to average 173.649 km/h over 24 hours, breaking the records for 1,000, 2,000 miles, and 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 kilometers.
The second interesting machine is 1934 Renault Nervasport Land Speed Record Car – which targeted on the same Montlhéry circuit a total of 6,300 kilometers in two days. But after 8 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds of driving, no less than 12 records had fallen, reaching 8,037 km in 48 hours, at an average of 167.445 km/h (104.068 mph). The third speed demon is the 1956 Etoile Filante – an experimental turbine car – which that year at the Bonneville Salt Flats achieved a record speed of 306.9 km/h.