Announced in the press as early as November 1899, Renault Type C was presented in April 1900 at the Vincennes Motor Show organised as part of the Paris Exposition.
An innovative new design
The change in design behind this new product was down to the adoption of the innovative water cooling system. The bonnet therefore became square, with cut-off corners, and the cooling components were attached to it. The chassis, designed the same way as types A and B, was both longer and wider and available in three shapes: convertible with 2/3 seats with a removable rear bench seat, "barrel" 4 seats and coupé 2/3 seats.
A competitive race car
After its first victories in 1899 in the Paris-Trouville, Paris-Ostend and Paris-Rambouillet races, the young Renault Frères company asserted its position in motor racing by finishing first—with Renault Type C—in two additional races, Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Toulouse, in 1900. The latter victories were one of the reasons behind this car's commercial success, with 350 orders linked to these victories: 179 cars were produced in 1900 for a nationwide production of 4,100 cars this same year.