RENAULT TYPE K

City-to-city races were all the rage at the turn of the century. Type K would earn the brand its first major overall victory in the 1902 Paris-Vienna race.

RENAULT TYPE K road race

Renault enters the race

Early on, the Renault brothers understood the promotional value of motor sports for an automotive brand. They started competing in the voiturette class, taking home several victories in city-to-city races in the early 20th century.

 

The 1902 Paris-Vienna race would elevate Renault to a whole new level, with the company adding three Type K “lightweight cars” to its fleet of four small voiturettes. It was a tough race, with a crossing of the Alps at the Arlberg Pass, at an altitude of 1,500 metres.

Formidable opponents

Exposed to strong winds, the drivers braved the elements and the steep mountain roads. Next to Zborowski’s big and powerful Mercedes and Henry Farman’s Panhard, Type K went largely unnoticed; however, its lightweight design proved to be a winning strategy when Marcel Renault crossed the finish line in first place! He travelled the 1,300 kilometres at an astounding average speed of 62.5 km/h!

 

 

Renault would henceforth be considered as a serious contender in all categories.

RENAULT TYPE K display black and white
RENAULT TYPE K race side view
RENAULT TYPE K red
RENAULT TYPE K front end

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