"If you said Alpine to most people on the street they would say “Sorry, do you mean the muesli brand?”, but when you say it to a car enthusiast they would say “….the car audio people or the rally cars?” "
The Return of Gordini
Renault announced yesterday that their ‘little blue bombshells’ with two white stripes are coming back. The French blue, white stripes and front panel inset with four round headlights all contributed to a sporting identity that is an important part of Renault’s sporting heritage and one that predates both the ‘Renaultsport’ moniker and the ‘Alpine’ label that came before.
According to the wires Twingo Gordini will be unveiled on 25 November at L’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris as part of the ‘Christmas in Blue’ exhibition – and will be launched officially in spring 2010. Clio Gordini is due later in the summer.
Check out the video below for a look at the Renault 8 Gordini – Amédée Gordini’s most successful creation. The car finished 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally and became an instant classic all over France. In 1966, the 1300cc version of the R8 Gordini heralded the Gordini Cup one-make race series, the blueprint for all single-make motorsport championships.
The little boxy sportser was quirkily cool and quintessentially gallic – watch this space for more on the reinvention of the brand.
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