Louis Renault

Racing Driver French Businessman
Born Feb 12, 1877

Louis Renault was a French industrialist, one of the founders of Renault and a pioneer of the automobile industry. Renault built one of France's largest automobile manufacturing concerns, which bears his name to this day. During World War I his factories contributed massively to the war effort notably so by the creation and manufacture of the first effective tank : the Renault FT tank.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Louis Renault.


1877 Birth Born on February 12, 1877.


1898 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He built his first car in 1898, hiring a pair of workmen to modify a used De Dion-Bouton cycle which featured a revolutionary universally jointed driveshaft and a three-speed gearbox with reverse, with the third gear in direct drive (which he patented a year later). … Read More
1899 22 Years Old They formed the Renault Frères company on February 25, 1899. … Read More
1903 26 Years Old Marcel was killed in the 1903 Paris-Madrid motor race, and in 1908, Louis Renault took overall control of the company after Fernand retired for health reasons. … Read More


1914 37 Years Old At the start of the First World War, in August 1914, in response to the then acute shortage of artillery ammunition Renault suggested that car factories such as Renault could manufacture 75mm shells using hydraulic presses rather than with the usual longer and costlier lathe operations. … Read More
1915 38 Years Old Over 600 French 75mm guns were destroyed by premature explosions in 1915, and their crews killed or injured.


1918 41 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 26, 1918 Renault, then aged 40, married the 21-year-old Christiane Boullaire (1897–1979), sister of French painter Jacques Boullaire. … Read More


1938 61 Years Old In 1938, Renault visited Adolf Hitler, and by 1939 he had become an important supplier for the French army.
1940 63 Years Old At the time Hitler's Wehrmacht invaded France in 1940, Louis Renault was in the U.S., sent by his government to ask for tanks. … Read More
1942 65 Years Old 1 More Event
The Renault factories on Île Seguin in Billancourt had become top priority targets for the British bombers of the Royal Air Force and were ultimately severely damaged on March 3, 1942.
Three weeks after France was liberated in 1944, Renault surrendered "on condition that he would not be jailed until indicted."
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