CONQUERING THE WORLD

Plessier, Garfield and their team remained unsatisfied – and in 1926 launched an NM Type 40 CV car as a single seater model with further streamlining and, crucially, the radiator placed behind the engine to improve cooling. With the team’s fuel stops now also being completed in record time, two world records were broken in quick succession. The new vehicle covered 50 miles at a speed of 190kph, then smashed the 24-hour record by covering 4167.57 km at an average speed of 173.649kph. On the way, the 40 CV broke several other records (1,000 and 2,000 miles, as well as 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000 km)… the Renault Sport spirit was born.