10 or so years after the world records set by Renault 40 CV in 1925, then in 1926 with a slightly more streamlined model, Louis Renault asked his specialist teams to once again work on a record-breaking car.
High demands for a record-breaking vehicle
The engine would be a standard one taken from the assembly line, the body would be supported by a wooden frame on a standard chassis and the bodywork would be specially designed by an engineer specialising in the aerodynamics of racing planes. The project would be implemented by the drivers Roger Quatresous, Louis Fromentin, André Wagner and Georges Berthelon, headed by Auguste Riolfo. The Nervasport to be used as the reference model for this record-chasing machine would combine exceptional power and aerodynamic qualities.
The target record was 6,300 kilometres in 2 days at an average speed of over 132 kph.
The car was extremely narrow and very streamlined, and the drivers drove non-stop in 3-hour shifts on 4 and 5 April 1934, on the Montlhéry circuit. On 5 April, after 48 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds of driving, Nervasport crossed the finish line having broken nine international records and three world records, including: 8,037 km in 48 hours, i.e. an average of 167.445 kph.