It was in pulling off a feat – managing to drive his Voiturette up the steep rue Lepic in Montmartre, Paris on Christmas Eve, 1898 – that Louis Renault truly launched his company. Before long, his cars began winning races, such as the Paris-Vienna race in 1902 and the 1906 French Grand Prix.
However, the races were so dangerous that they were banned. Renault therefore turned its attention to speed records. In the 1920s and 30s, the Renault 40CV and Nervasport set new records on the Montlhéry racetrack.
With the post-war boom, motorsport was then thrust back into the limelight. The creation of the Gordini Cup (1966), Formula Renault (1971) and the Berlinette winning the newly-created world rally championship in 1973 all led to the creation of Renault Sport (1976).
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978, the entity shifted its focus to Formula 1. The move led to the beginnings of a rich history featuring twelve Constructors’ titles and made up of several distinct periods : the V6 Turbo until 1986, the normally-aspirated V10 with Williams and Benetton between 1989 and 1997, the winning return as a constructor from 2001, the switch to V8 engines and the domination of Red Bull Racing at the start of the 2010s... This year, another chapter has begun with the Renault Sport Formula One Team !
However, Renault’s competitive record extends further still, with victories in the Paris-Dakar rally, the Rallye Monte-Carlo and the Tour de Corse. So it’s hardly surprising that the passion for winning is so deeply rooted at Renault Sport !