Renault has recently confirmed its intention to relaunch the Gordini badge from next year exclusively for European market. In March this year, Renault’s Director for Global Marketing, Stephen Norman, revealed that Renault plans to relaunch the badge at a performance level above that of the Renaultsport! The first vehicle to receive the Gordini treatment will be the Renault Twingo Gordini RS, which will make its debut at the L’Atelier Renault in Paris on 25 November, followed by the Renault Clio Gordini RS, which will be launched early next year. A Renault Megane Gordini RS coupe is also in the pipeline.
The Gordini badge became a symbol of success for Renault in years gone by, having been derived from Renault’s supreme racing engineer, Amédée “le Sorcier” Gordini, and being adorned on the iconic R8 Gordini, which dominated rallying in the mid-1960s. Amédée Gordini was born as Amadeo Gordini in Bazzano near Bologna, Italy and emigrated to France in 1925. A gifted mechanic, Gordini prepared several Fiat and Simca race cars that competed with great success in the 1930′s. Gordini’s partnership with Renault began in 1957 with the Renault Dauphine Gordini. Sadly, Amédée Gordini passed away in 1979 at the age of 79 and with him went the Gordini badge. Thirty years on, Renault will resurrect the Gordini badge on a range of vehicles that will be available exclusively in the brands iconic French racing blue with white racing stripes color scheme.