One hundred twenty years ago, Louis Renault built his first small car. He immediately introduced several innovations. The car had a universal joint drive, a self-developed three-speed gearbox with ‘prise directe’ - direct drive – and a reverse gear. Renault immediately excelled in the first automobile races in history, with Louis and his brother Marcel at the wheel. But when the latter died in a crash in Paris-...
In 1948 the British car manufacturer Rover introduced a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle inspired by the American Jeep that had built up a sound reputation during the Second World War. The first Land Rover had a 1595 cc four-cylinder petrol engine, and a great deal of aluminium was used for the bodywork. This ‘Series I’ was a great success from the beginning. In 1950 production had already reached 15,000 units. The Britis...
In the seventies BMW had risen into the premium segment. The Bavarian
brand dreamed of its own sports car that could take on competition with the big
names in the super sports car segment. BMW was already highly successful in
touring car races, so it also had to be possible to deploy that newcomer on the
track. For homologation purposes at least 400 units of the street version had
to be manufactured.