|Founded||1976 (as Renault Sport)|
2 April 2002 (as Renault Sport Technologies)
3 February 2016 (as Renault Sport Racing/Renault Sport Cars)
|Revenue||€70.3 million (2013)|
|€-4.8 million (2013)|
|€5.5 million (2013)|
Number of employees
|185 (2013) |
Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars, both commonly known as Renault Sport (French pronunciation: [ʁəno spɔʁ]) or Renaultsport, are the motorsport, performance and special vehicles divisions of Renault. Renault Sport was officially established in 1976 as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini competition departments. Renault Sport Racing organises many Renault-backed one-make championships worldwide and is in charge of Renault group's official involvement in motor racing, including Formula One.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Rallying
- 1.2 Off-roading
- 1.3 Formula E
- 1.4 Formula One
- 1.5 Formula Two
- 1.6 Formula Three
- 1.7 Sportscars
- 1.8 Touring cars
- 1.9 Hillclimbing
- 1.10 Car manufacturing
- 2 Bootcamp
- 3 Divisions
- 4 Sites
- 5 Activities
- 6 International
- 7 Renault in motorsport
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Renault Sport was created at the end of 1976, when Renault closed down the Alpine competition department (at that time, its main motorsport division), located at Dieppe, and moved all the racing activities to the Gordini factory at Viry-Châtillon, just outside Paris. The Dieppe-based Alpine department specialised in the construction of race car chassis while the Viry-Châtillon-based Gordini focussed on engines. 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. The company concentrated principally on developing a car for Formula One, although it also participated in other series.
On 3 February 2016, Renault announced a reorganisation of its racing and performance activities. The Formula One operation and RST's former motorsport branch were put under the new Renault Sport Racing division. RST's former roadcar branch at Les Ulis became the Renault Sport Cars division.
Gordini-tuned Renault cars won many rallies during the 1950s and 1960s, and Alpine, being a subsidiary of Renault, won the first World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1973. In the WRC, Renault had some success with cars such as the R5 Turbo and the R17 Gordini until it left international rallying in late 1994 (although it continued competing in national and promotional rally series).
Renault's WRC summary
|1974†||Press-on-Regardless Rally: Jean-Luc Thérier (Renault 17 Gordini)||10th||23|
|1981||Monte Carlo Rally: Jean Ragnotti (Renault 5 Turbo)||7th||61|
|1982||Tour de Corse: Jean Ragnotti (Renault 5 Turbo)||6th||34|
|1985||Tour de Corse: Jean Ragnotti (Renault R5 Maxi Turbo)||6th||38|
|1986||Rally of Portugal: Joaquim Moutinho (Renault 5 Turbo)||7th||14|
|1989||Rallye Côte d'Ivoire: Alain Oreille (Renault 5 GT Turbo)||7th||30|
† Without Renault Sport assistance.
|2003||Renault Sport||Renault Clio S1600||61||Brice Tirabassi||MON
|2004||Renault Sport||Renault Clio S1600||39||Nicolas Bernardi||MON
|2006||Renault Sport||Renault Clio S1600||41||Patrik Sandell||SWE
|2007||Renault Sport||Renault Clio R3||31||Patrik Sandell||NOR
In 1979, the Marreau brothers finished in second place in the cars category at the Rally Dakar driving a Sinpar-prepared 4L 4x4. They won the 1982 edition with a Renault Sport backed Renault 20 Turbo 4x4. Later, Renault Sport powered and sponsored the Schlesser-Renault Elf buggies which won the 1999 and 2000 editions. The 1999 car was the first two-wheel drive Dakar winner.
Renault was one of the first car manufacturers involved in the Formula E (FE) championship. For the inaugural season, Renault Sport became a technical partner of the series, also agreeing a title sponsorship deal with the e.dams team which achieved the first FE teams' championship. Before the 2015–16 season, following the introduction of new rules allowing the development of the electric powertrains used in the FE's Spark chassis, Renault announced it would entry as a supplier for e.dams. The new powertrain manufactured by Renault Sport was named Renault ZE 15. For the 2016–17 season, Renault added the Chinese team Techeetah as a powertrain client. In October 2017, Renault Sport Racing announced it would withdraw from FE at the end of the 2017–18 season.
Results of Renault Sport as a powertrain supplier
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2015–16||Renault e.dams||Spark||Renault ZE 15||M||BEI||PUT||PDE||BNA||MEX||LBH||PAR||BER||LON||270||1st|
|2016–17||Renault e.dams||Spark||Renault ZE 16||M||HKG||MAR||BNA||MEX||MON||PAR||BER||NYC||MTR||268||1st|
|Qing Hua Ma||Ret||15||16|
|2017–18||Renault e.dams||Spark||Renault ZE 17||M||HKG||MAR||SAN||MEX||PDE||ROM||PAR||BER||ZÜR||NYC||133||5th|
From 1977 to 1986 and again between 1989 and 1997, Renault Sport was in charge of Renault's Formula One programme. 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-Châtillon, which functioned as a semi-independent operation. In 2016, the Formula One operation became part of Renault Sport Racing.
Alpine constructed various chassis and prepared engines for Formula Two (F2). In 1973, Renault-Gordini (later Renault Sport) introduced a two-litre V6 engine for F2, the CH, which was the basis of its future Le Mans and F1 engines. Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux won the 1976 and 1977 European Formula Two Championships with Renault-powered cars.
Results of Renault Sport as an engine supplier
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|Écurie Elf||Martini 16/19||Renault-Gordini CH1|
|Equipe Elf Switzerland||Jabouille 2J||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||Ret||14||1||6||3||4||2||1||4||2||Ret||1||1st||53|
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|Écurie Renault Elf||Martini 22||Renault-Gordini CH1|
|Willi Kauhsen Renault Elf Racing Team||Kauhsen (Jabouille 2J)||Michel Leclère||Ret||Ret||Ret||DNS||Ret||Ret||DNS||DNQ||15||DNQ||10||—||0|
|Mario da Silva||DNQ||—||0|
Note: During this season Scuderia Everest also entered Renault-powered cars, although those were not supplied by Renault Sport.
Gordini and Alpine-tuned Renault engines were used in various Formula Three (F3) series since the 1960s. Alpine (a partially owned subsidiary of Renault since 1973) also developed cars for the category. In 1979, Alain Prost won the FIA European Formula Three Championship with a Renault engine prepared by Oreca. The last victory of a Renault engine before its withdrawal from the formula at the end of 2003 was in the 2003 Macau Grand Prix with a Sodemo-tuned unit from a Signature Team's Dallara car driven by Nicolas Lapierre.
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. However, this was indefinitely halted because of the lack of power of the Oreca-tuned engine compared to rivals.
Capitalising on the growing reputation and success of the Super Touring regulations introduced in the early 1990s, Renault made the decision to enter the British Touring Car Championship in 1993 with reigning champion Tim Harvey and Alain Menu signed as their drivers. Renault's first BTCC effort was based on the Renault 19 chassis, initially developed by test driver Jean Ragnotti. Success was almost immediate as Harvey and Menu scored a win each in 1993, before the 19 was replaced with the new Renault Laguna for 1994. The Laguna lent itself as a more competitive proposition than its predecessor and went on to be a highly successful car throughout its racing life, the highlight being in 1997 when Alain Menu took 12 victories on his way to the championship.
In 1994, Renault discontinued the Alpine marque, badging since then its sport cars manufactured at the Dieppe factory as Renault Sport. Renault Sport models are also produced at Renault Spain's Palencia factory (Mégane Renault Sport) and, since 2012, at Renault Argentina's Santa Isabel (Fluence GT).
- Clio GT
- Clio Renault Sport
- Megane GT/GT Line
- Megane Renault Sport
- Twingo GT
- Twingo Renault Sport
- Fluence GT (only South America)
- Sandero RS (only South America)
In march of 2017 Renault released a set of games testing Precision which involved avoiding the obstacles during a time-trial. Endurance which involved setting a new record whilst challenging the Renault Sport drivers. Response which tested your memory and your agility behind the wheel. Concentration you needed to move through the gears and manage your speed on the track. The leaderboard for the games were open for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks the top 6 players were invited to the United Kingdom for a two-day Bootcamp (13-14 March). Following briefings with the engineers and physical tests at the Enstone plant, training would continue at the Silverstone race track behind the wheel of a Clio Cup and a Renault Sport R.S. 01 It would be time for the judges to reveal the name of the overall winner of the competition: whoever has produced the best performance will stay for an extra day at Silverstone for one final experience: drive a Renault Formula 1 race car! The winner of the 2017 contest was Vasilis Varras from Greece. YouTuber Matt Gallagher also took part. Both drove the f1 car which was the 2012 lotus
RST is in charge of the conception and manufacturing of the Gordini-badged sport cars and also of modifying cars and vans for special purposes (transporting people with reduced mobility, driving school cars, business fleets) through its division Renault Tech.
- Les Ulis (Renault Sport Cars headquarters, marketing, development)
- Dieppe (car manufacturing)
- Viry-Chatillon (F1 engine development, management of series excluding F1)
- Enstone (United Kingdom) (F1 chassis manufacturing and some related operations)
- Heudebouville (special purpose vehicles manufacturing)
- Manufacturer of limited edition sport and special purpose models
- Competitor in motorsport events, for example:
- Organisation of single-model vehicle championships
- Organiser or/and sponsor of the Formula Renault national and international championships
- Organiser of the Renault Sport Series on circuits: Renault Sport Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault
- Renault Merchandising – For the sale of Renault sport related merchandise.
- Former shareholder in SMA Engines; an aircraft engine manufacturer, an alliance of RST, EADS and SAFRAN
Renault Sport organises several national and international one-make racing championships.
Renault in motorsport
Renault is also involved in other racing series but not as Renault Sport.
- Renault Clio
- Renault Mégane/Renault Fluence
- Renault Spider:
- Spanish GT Championship (1999?–2000?)
- Renault 8 Gordini:
- Renault 4CV
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