Scaling new heights

In the late 1960s, Renault acquired sports car manufacturer and performance tuner Gordini, established in 1946 by Italian-born race car driver Amédée Gordini who was known as “Le Sorcier” (The Sorcerer) for his ability to breath Grand Prix performance into regular engines. By the early 1970s, the new Renault Gordini division had teamed up with oil group Elf to develop a research programme to produce a high-performance engine. The result was a 2.0L V6 turbo that went on to record success with Renault Alpine prototypes and winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 with the Renault-Alpine A 442 B. The initial success of the engine meant that behind the scenes, the decision had already been made… to use V6 turbo in F1TM.