Thursday, December 29, 2016

Renault Étoile Filante

Gianni Marin, The Motor Car, London House and Maxwell 1963
In 1954 Renault's aviation division proposed that Renault showcase the new gas turbine technology by building a land speed record car. The car was named "Shooting Star" and had a mid-engined 260 hp gas turbine engine. The company ran the car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956 and achieved a speed of 191 mph- the speed record for gas-turbine cars.
According to Wikipedia in the mid-nineties Renault restored and drove the car. It is now in the Renault's Historical Cars Collection.

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