19 Facts About Renault Sport


Renault Sport was officially established in 1976 as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini competition departments.

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In December 2021, all Renault Sport operations were merged into an Alpine-led business unit.

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Renault Sport was created at the end of 1976, when Renault closed down the Alpine competition department, located at Dieppe, and moved all the racing activities to the Gordini factory at Viry-Chatillon, just outside Paris.

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However, several conflicts emerged between them, and Renault took the decision to unify both departments into a single location in order to achieve a greater integration and harmony.

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Renault Sport concentrated principally on developing a car for Formula One, although it participated in other series.

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On 3 February 2016, Renault Sport announced a reorganisation of its racing and performance activities.

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Gordini-tuned Renault Sport cars won many rallies during the 1950s and 1960s, and Alpine, being a subsidiary of Renault Sport, won the first World Rally Championship in 1973.

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On 21 February 2013, Renault Sport Technologies announced its official return to international rallying in the European Rally Championship.

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Later, Renault Sport powered and sponsored the Schlesser-Renault Elf buggies which won the 1999 and 2000 editions.

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Renault Sport was one of the first car manufacturers involved in the Formula E championship.

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Renault Sport F1, created at the end of 2010 and active until 2015, was a subsequent incarnation of Renault's involvement in Formula One and was headquartered in Viry-Chatillon, which functioned as a semi-independent operation.

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In September 2020, the Renault Sport company said it would repurpose the F1 team to promote Alpine.

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Gordini and Alpine-tuned Renault Sport engines were used in various Formula Three series since the 1960s.

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Renault Sport Technologies announced its return to F3 as an engine supplier with Oreca again as engine tuner for the 2014 FIA European Formula Three Championship.

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Renault Sport was responsible for Renault's sports car racing entries during the 1970s, including their win at the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the Renault Alpine A442.

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Capitalising on the growing reputation and success of the Super Touring regulations introduced in the early 1990s, Renault Sport made the decision to enter the British Touring Car Championship in 1993 with reigning champion Tim Harvey and Alain Menu signed as their drivers.

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Renault Sport models are produced at Renault Spain's Palencia factory.

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Renault Sport is in charge of the conception and manufacturing of the Gordini-badged sport cars and of modifying cars and vans for special purposes through its division Renault Tech.

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Many international subsidiaries of Renault have their own Renault Sport division, including Renault UK, Renault Argentina, Renault Spain and Renault Italy, among others.

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