When the Renault brothers set up their company they immediately saw that racing brought car brands publicity and popularity. Starting out in the small car, or "voiturettes", categories they quickly made a name for themselves in the city-to-city races in the early years of the century.

   Renault moved up a category for the 1902 Paris-Vienna event. they entered 3 Type K “light cars” alongside 4 of their small cars. Having to cross the Alps through the Arlberg Pass, 1,500 m above sea level, the going was always going to be tough. The intrepid drivers braved the elements snuggling down in their leather coats for protection against  the biting wind and the stones of the mountainside roads.

    The Type K was small and light and nobody gave them much of a chance against the large and powerful vehicles like Count Zborowksi’s Mercedes and Henry Farman's Panhard. The Type K’s light weight made it very competitive on the steep roads and Marcel Renault took advantage to cross the finish line first, having covered the 1,300 km at an incredible average speed of 62.5 kph! His winning time being 15:47:43.

     Thus the Type K brought Renault its first major overall win and Renault cars were now serious contenders across all categories.

     Renault Type K’s engine had 4 cylinders, cast in two blocks, giving a capacity of 3.770cc. The engine produced 24 hp at 1.100 rpm. The transmission to the rear wheel was by shaft via a 3 speed gearbox, allowing a top speed 125 kph. Braking was on the transmission and at rear wheels. Dimensions: length 3.43 metres, width 1.48 metres, weighing 650 kg

    This race is, in retrospect, sometimes referred to as the 7th Grand Prix de l'ACF.

                                                                      1/43rd scale kit.

                                                                            Built by Ian.

    This model was made from a vary simple kit wih very few parts. It was approached as a painting exercise and shows how carefully picking out details and using washes and highlights by dry brushing can make even a humble kit look good. The only problem is the vinyl style plastic the model is moulded in doesn't like paint and it has flaked off in some places despite Halfords grey plastic primer!

 

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