By the 1930s, Renault had established its reputation for robust and reliable engineering rather than as a sporty performance brand. All that was about to change, however, with Nervasport.
Where sport meets comfort
Renault launched its “Nerva” series in 1930 as part of the 8-cylinder range, initially alongside Reinastella before replacing it altogether. These luxury cars targeted a clientele with a taste for the finer things in life.
In 1932, Renault would nonetheless develop an even lighter and shorter version: Nervasport. It lived up to its name, with promising results at endurance trials. In the 1933 Monte Carlo race, the 3 Nervasport cars competed neck and neck with the elite makes, with one narrowly missing second place.
Nervasport earns its stripes
Two years later, in 1935, Renault entered 7 cars, including 2 Nervasport models. Guyot and Rock finished 4th, while Lahaye and Quatresous crossed the line in 1st place! Lahaye and Quatresous went on to compete in other events, such as the Liège-Rome-Liège race, also in 1935, where they tied with a Bugatti for 1st place.
These races took an immense toll on the cars, which were subject to round-the-clock driving along narrow, uneven roads and in all sorts of poor weather. Only the best, most reliable cars stood any chance of winning.