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    Default Rolling renaults

    After reading the 1000 reasons thread, I've got to ask, how do you roll a renault??

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    What series of events do you need to have occur that this happens???
    Is this a thing where you throw the car between sides too quickly and the shifting weight adds to the body roll???

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    You need to get a R8 or R10 .... I reckon the fact you seem to drive a car in a similar manner to me ..................... You'd probably have it on the roof within an hour ..... infact the very first time you had to lift off mid corner for any reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    After reading the 1000 reasons thread, I've got to ask, how do you roll a renault??

    What series of events do you need to have occur that this happens???
    Is this a thing where you throw the car between sides too quickly and the shifting weight adds to the body roll???
    It is indeed a difficult and challenging procedure. I was never able to repeat my one successful attempt.
    I feel I may have been inhibited by having my cars under under hire-purchase and covered by mandatory insurance, the premiums of which have continued to spiral upwards with no regard to the fact that my vehicles have since remained right side up and damage free.

    Perhaps I should get an un-insured car and practice?

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    Here's one I rolled earlier.



    It rolled fairly easily! No great effort needed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    After reading the 1000 reasons thread, I've got to ask, how do you roll a renault??

    What series of events do you need to have occur that this happens???
    Is this a thing where you throw the car between sides too quickly and the shifting weight adds to the body roll???
    I rolled a Renault 4CV (750) many years ago by simply over correcting a slide when the rear end broke away. To compound the problem the canvas strap which limited the downward swing of the axle broke and the car simply fell over at quite low speeds. I had only had my license for about ten days. Control of a slide was not part of my driver training

    I soon got the hang of rear engine and swing axles and drove a succession of Dauphine, R8 and R10 very enthusiastically with no further dramas including some time running an R8 in club rally events. I was always very careful to check the limit straps!
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    Yes, those little webbing straps were quite important in the scheme of Renault swing rear axles.

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    I rolled a freshly restored R16 on the nullabor (avoiding obstacles that jumped out at me over a crest, on a dirt road).

    Young and dumb... driving tired (12th hour) too fast (70kmph) for the dirt road, and had laidened the car too top heavy.

    Got it sideways swerving, over corrected, and again... dug in and rolled in the air once, then again landing on the drivers side. Miraculously no one was seriously injured except for the car. Copped a face full of red sand and glass from the windscreen tho.

    I was very pleased the car had held up as well as it did.

    Rolled the car back onto it's wheels, replaced some tires, and drove the car a further 150km to Eucla the nearest town.. 40C heat no windows..

    Miraculously the radio, that had refused to work the whole trip was working.

    We never made it out of WA! left the car there

    Certainly got some looks coming into town! I may be able to find some photos of the scene.
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    Hi,
    Back in the dim dark past, not talked about much in front of the kiddies I too rolled a 4CV (or 750). Easy really, just inexperience, group pressure and a basic suspension design

    1965 There were 4 of us young chaps out for a 'burn', a 'new' car of mine, one day in my posession, a newish licence and the open road. Got into a slide at some ridiculous low speed, which was all she would do, at say 45 mph, and while congratulating ourselves on how clever the driver was to control such a 'beast' it hit a old piece of timber lying on the edge and, voila, over it went. Several times due to the rounded rolley shape.

    Fortunately we were big boys and the car was small so we did not get thrown around much and were unhurt. Except for pride No seat belts then. I saved that car for spares and went on to own a few more swing axle cars and do a bit of motor sport in them with out rolling another. I did put one into a post when the snap oversteer caught me out on a bad night however.

    Thank god we have moved on with suspension design because if we had that design with the power and tyre grip we have available now, it would be lethal to all young men.
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    G'day Jo,

    when I was in my teens, gawd that was a long time ago, no idea what model they were referring to, but the rally people used to call them "tippy-toe-renos" due to the number of roll overs.

    See above that there is talk of rear swing axles, which says it all I suppose. Having driven triumph versions they can be a bit suddenly scary when you change your mind in a corner.

    cheers,
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    Mid 1960's, European motoring press turned up to drive a new Gordini, R8 I think. The track was wet and the journos weren't allowed to drive it. Amid much scathing comment from unhappy journos a Renault test driver demonstrated the car - and promptly rolled it. Much self satisfied mirth from the assembled press.
    Got an idea Choice rolled their test R8 by driving in ever diminishing circles.

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