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Renault Modèle D2


Was to have heavier armor and more horse power. Prototypes appeared in 1932 and deliveries began in 1934. Two prototypes had diesel engines. Production vehicles had gasoline.

In 1936 the order was reduced to 50 vehicles as the Somua S-35 became the preferred vehicle.

Part of hull front had almost vertical front plate. Had a cast APX 1 turret, which was the same as on the Char B1. Storage areas were built over the tracks. Below the track rollers were mud chutes. It had a higher back deck than the D1.

Had 5 forward and 1 reverse and multi-plate clutch. The rear-sprocket provided the power. Steering was done by a Cleveland differential.


  • Char D2: 100
    • Production: 1934 - ?


  Renault D-2
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 43,500 lb
18.5 tons, 20 tons
Length 17' 11", 17.9'
Height 7.25'
Width 8.75'
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Turret ring diameter  
Main 47 mm Sa34 or Sa35
47 mm
MG 2: 7.5 mm MG
7.5 mm MG, coaxial OR 7.5 mm MG, hull
Side arms  
Main 120: Sa34, 108: Sa35
MG 5,000
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 20 - 40
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Renault  water cooled
Cylinders 6
Net HP 150
Transmission 5 forward 1 reverse
Fuel type Gasoline
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 14 mph, 20 mph
Speed - Cross Country 9.9 mph
Range - Road 62 miles
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Coil Spring
Wheels each side 14
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  


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