The word “voiturette” was initially introduced by Leon Bollee in 1896 to differentiate his three-wheeled light cars from bigger ones (“voitures”), and soon became the common designation of the corresponding class of general and racing cars. Before 1899 voiturettes usually considered as “Motor Cycles”. First four-wheeled voiturette was “Voiturelle” built by Decauville in 1898. The Renault Voiturette, designed by Louis Renault, was Renault’s first ever produced automobile, and was manufactured between 1898 and 1903. 1898 Type A Voiturette was powered by a De Dion-Bouton 1 cylinder engine, which allowed it to reach a top speed of 32 km/h. Renault brothers Marcel and Louis were able to drove the small car to win voiturette class in several city to city races in 1899.
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