|Production||1908 to 1914|
Renault AX Manufactured by Société Renault Fréres, Billancourt, France
In 1906 Renault won the ACF Grand Prix, organized by the Automobile Club de France — (ACF). This event was the first Grand Prix in the world. The winning car, driven by Franz Szisz, was fitted with a 12.8-litre four-cylinder engine developing 77.7kW (105hp). Its maximum speed was 148.5km/h (92mph). This victory was the firm's best advertisement, and in 1906 Renault's production exceeded 2000 cars for the first time.
The Renault trademark soon became popular beyond the French border. The twin-cylinder version was exported to Britain.
The Renault AX was powered by an in-line twin-cylinder engine with a bore and stroke of 100x120mm and a capacity of 1885 cc. This SV engine developed 10.3kW (14hp) at 1600 rpm. Ignition was provided by a high-tension magneto system. The engine was water-cooled, with the radiator mounted traditionally behind the engine and the fan in the flywheel.
The three-speed gearbox transmitted the drive to the rigid rear axle via a bevel clutch. The bodywork was attached to a longitudinal frame, and it was carried on semi-elliptic leaf springs. The hand brake operated on the rear wheels. This 860kg (18951b) car had a top speed of 65km/h (40mph).
These were also used as taxi cabs see Renault AG