Renault to restore Gordini to its former glory image

Renault will restore the Gordini brand to its former glory, with future products to be ultimate track-focused cars, according to chief operating officer Carlos Tavares.

From now on, the Gordini name will be used on Renault’s most “hardcore” track-only models and will sit alongside Renaultsport, the carmaker’s performance division. The announcement comes as Tavares today confirmed that the Renaultsport brand will continue to exist, despite the partnership with Caterham Cars which will create a new sports car under the Alpine brand.

“Renaultsport models will be sporty and Gordini will be a step beyond – the ultimate track-focused car. A Gordini will only be sold for the road as a derivative of a special track car,” Tavares told Autocar. Gordini was bought by Renault in 1969, when founder Amedee Gordini retired. Before that, Gordini was a successful Formula 1 team in the 1950s.

Following the acquisition of Gordini, Renault sold Gordini-badged performance versions of models including the Renault Dauphine, Renault 5, Renault 8 and the Renault 12. In November 2009, Renault announced the revival of the Gordini name for an exclusive line of hot-hatches. However, Gordini fans were disappointed, as the Clio Gordini and the Twingo Gordini featured only visual and equipment upgrades over standard Renaultsport versions upon which they were based.