Jaybee Motors 19 August at 15:35
60 YEARS ON, THE ETOILE FILANTE AND RENAULT DAUPHINE TREAD AMERICAN SOIL AGAIN The Renault Etoile Filante has returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA where, six decades ago on 5th September 1956, it famously clocked up a speed of 308.9kph (192mph) to establish four new world records – two of which still stand to this day. Meanwhile, to celebrate 60 years since the Renault Dauphine first went on sale in America, Renault Classic dispatched a Dauphine to Bonneville Speed Week (13-19 August) where Nicolas Prost, driver for Renault e.dams in the FIA Formula E Championship, established a new class record 76.5mph* (123.1kph), proving that passion has no age. The record-breaking Étoile Filante (meaning “shooting star” in French) is a prime example of how engineers sought to carry over aircraft technologies into automotive design during the aviation-infatuated period following the Second World War. When war ended in 1945, Turboméca’s boss Mr. De Szidlowski, a leading expert in turbine engines, started making small power units for applications such as the famous Alouette helicopter. Very eager to raise public awareness on what he considered an immensely promising technology, he approached Renault with a high-profile concept in mind. Renault boss Pierre Lefaucheux went ahead and commissioned development of an experimental car from a highly experienced team of three: project manager Fernand Picard, exceptionally talented engine specialist Albert Lory, and engineer and test driver Jean Hébert. The outcome was the Étoile Filante, with a polyester body on a tubular structure and a turbine developing 270hp. On 5th September 1956, the whistle of the powerful turbine ricocheted around the salt lake of Bonneville, USA. A few moments later, the world speed record had been broken. The Étoile Filante had reached 308.9kph (192mph) over a kilometre (0.6 miles), and 308.85kph (192mph) over 5 km (3.1 miles), a record that still holds today. Despite its virtues, turbine technology proved ill-adapted to automotive applications, and neither Renault nor any other carmaker would take the concept any further. Even so, the Étoile Filante stands as an epoch-marking machine, in a class of its own.
Jaybee Motors 19 August at 14:52
RENAULT OFFERS A GREAT DEAL MORE TO 66-REGISTRATION CAR BUYERS Exciting offers from Renault available on brand new 66-plate models Award-winning Renault Twingo now available from only £7,995 Additional £500 deposit contribution over all other offers when a Clio, Captur, Kadjar or All-New Renault Mégane is purchased following a test drive Three-year PCP offers introduced on Twingo, Clio, Captur, All-New Mégane and Kadjar 0% HP offers available on Twingo, Clio, Captur and ZOE Manufacturer deposit contributions on Renault Selections PCP of up to £2,500 All-electric ZOE available from just £189 per month including battery rental Renault is offering motorists who are looking to treat themselves to a new 66-plate car a whole host of exciting offers across its entire model range. In addition to its two-year and four-year Renault Selections PCP packages, Renault is offering customers even greater choice with a three-year option, whilst anyone who purchases a Clio, Captur, Kadjar or All-New Mégane after a test drive will receive an extra £500 towards their new car over all other offers1. As part of the limited time offers, the innovative rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Renault Twingo is available from the unprecedented price of only £7,995 for the SCe 70 Expression – representing a saving of £1,500 on the normal list price. Cool, nimble and with five-door practicality, the Twingo offers a huge array of colour, trim and personalisation options and has scooped top city car award wins in the 2015 British GQ Car Awards and TopGear Magazine Awards. The cash offers are available across the stylish, fun-filled range including THE COLOR RUN Special Edition – now costing only £8,995. With a £1,500 saving on its normal list price of £10,495, THE COLOR RUN Special Edition is packed with features that include the R&GO® application that allows any compatible smartphone to turn into an infotainment and navigation system, alloy wheels, an electric panoramic folding sunroof and is available in an array of nine exterior colours and four interior colours. The Clio supermini, can be purchased on three-year, four-year and 0% two-year Selections PCP packages. On the three-year package, and after the test drive offer of an extra £500 takes the total manufacturer deposit contribution to £2,500, the Clio can be purchased from just £159 per month with a deposit of £9472. Customers who prefer the 0% APR four-year hire purchase offer can drive away a number of versions with the help of a £1,750 manufacturer deposit contribution, which includes the additional £500 for taking a test drive. The Renault ZOE, three-time winner of the What Car? ‘Best Electric Car on Sale for Under £20,000’ award, is available in Dynamique Nav specification on a two-year Selections PCP package, costing just £189 per month including battery lease* after a customer deposit of £1,499. A free** 7kW wall-box home charger is also included in the offer. Both the ZOE Dynamique Nav and the Expression Nav come with a manufacturer deposit contribution of £1,500 when financed via 0% APR four-year hire purchase deals. The popular Captur compact crossover – voted Most Highly Rated Car by owners at the 2016 Honest John Awards – is available from just £179 per month after a deposit of £607, via one of Renault’s new three-year Selections PCP packages. Those who take up this offer also benefit from a total manufacturer deposit contribution of £2,250 after taking advantage of the test drive offer. Alternatively, Captur customers can finance their new Renault on four-year and 0% APR two-year Selections PCP packages, or with a 0% APR four-year hire purchase offer that on many trim levels incorporates a £1,500 manufacturer deposit contribution once customers have enjoyed a test drive. Included in the new offers is the recently launched All-New Mégane, which is available on the three-year Selections PCP package from £219 a month with a £1,330 customer deposit, which after the £500 test drive promotional offer includes a total manufacturer deposit contribution of £2,250. There is also the option of a four-year Selections PCP package and a 0% APR four-year hire purchase scheme. The Kadjar crossover – voted Best SUV in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power awards – can be enjoyed via a three-year Selections PCP package starting from £239 a month after a customer deposit of £888. The offer also includes a total manufacturer deposit contribution of £1,750, which incorporates the extra £500 when a test drive is taken. As with the All-New Mégane, the Kadjar can also be purchased on a four-year Selections PCP package or financed via a 0% APR four-year hire purchase offer, the latter including a total manufacturer deposit contribution on certain versions of £1,100 after customers receive an extra £500 contribution for taking a test drive. In addition, there are a host of other finance options available across the wider Renault range. Whichever option a customer chooses, they will benefit from the Renault 4+ warranty and Renault Assistance vehicle recovery scheme which provides the ultimate peace of mind for four years or 100,000 miles.
Jaybee Motors 17 August at 12:33
Autocar review the ownership of a Renault Zoe and say they couldn't live without it.