Renault Sport

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Renault Sport Technologies S.A.S[1][2]
Type Subsidiary
Industry Automotive
Founded 1976 (as Renault Sport)[3]
Headquarters Les Ulis, France[4][5]
Key people Patrice Ratti
(CEO)[6]
Parent Renault
Divisions Gordini
Renault Tech
Website www.renaultsport.com

Renault Sport Technologies, commonly known as Renault Sport[1] (French pronunciation: ​[ʁəno spɔʁ]), Renaultsport or RST, is the motorsport, performance and special vehicles division of Renault. It was officially established in 1976 as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini competition departments.[7] RST organises many Renault-backed one-make championships worldwide and is in charge of Renault group's official involvement in motor racing, except for Formula One.[8]

History[edit]

Old Renault Sport's logo used from the mid-1980s to 2004.

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,[9][8] just outside Paris.[9][8][10] 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.[7] The company concentrated principally on developing a car for Formula One, although it also participated in other series.

In 2002, the Viry-Châtillon factory became the engine department of the Renault F1 team and Renault Sport was moved to Les Ulis and renamed Renault Sport Technologies.[11]

Rallying[edit]

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[12] (although it continued competing in national and promotional rally series).

On 21 February 2013, Renault Sport Technologies announced its official return to international rallying in the European Rally Championship.[13][14]

Renault's WRC summary[edit]

Season Victories WMC Points
1974 United States Press-on-Regardless Rally: France Jean-Luc Thérier (Renault 17 Gordini) 10th 23
1975 - 15th 8
1976 - 14th 6
1977 - 11th 18
1978 - 9th 33
1979 - 7th 41
1980 - 13th 12
1981 Monaco Monte Carlo Rally: France Jean Ragnotti (Renault 5 Turbo) 7th 61
1982 France Tour de Corse: France Jean Ragnotti (Renault 5 Turbo) 6th 34
1983 - 5th 27
1984 - 5th 55
1985 France Tour de Corse: France Jean Ragnotti (Renault R5 Maxi Turbo) 6th 38
1986 Portugal Rally of Portugal: Portugal Joaquim Moutinho (Renault 5 Turbo) 7th 14
1987 - 3rd 71
1988 - 6th 32
1989 Ivory Coast Rallye Côte d'Ivoire: France Alain Oreille (Renault 5 GT Turbo) 7th 30
1990 - 6th 24
1991 - 9th 4
1992 - 8th 9
1993 - NC -
1994 - NC -
Source: [15]

† Without Renault Sport assistance.

JWRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 JWRC Points
2003 Renault Sport Renault Clio S1600 61 France Brice Tirabassi MON
1
TUR
Ret
GRE
1
FIN
2
ITA
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
Ret
1st 38
2004 Renault Sport Renault Clio S1600 39 France Nicolas Bernardi MON
1
GRE
2
TUR
Ret
FIN
3
GBR
Ret
ITA
6
ESP
1
2nd 37
51 Belgium Larry Cols MON
5
GRE
4
TUR
Ret
FIN
6
GBR
Ret
ITA
4
ESP
5
6th 21
2006 Renault Sport Renault Clio S1600 41 Sweden Patrik Sandell SWE
2
ESP FRA ARG
2
ITA
1
GER FIN
7
TUR
11
GBR
6
1st 32
51 Turkey Fatih Kara SWE ESP
7
FRA
6
ARG ITA
Ret
GER
7
FIN TUR
9
GBR
Ret
16th 7
52 Belgium Bernd Casier SWE ESP
2
FRA
10
ARG ITA
Ret
GER
2
FIN TUR
8
GBR
Ret
11th 17
2007 Renault Sport Renault Clio R3 31 Sweden Patrik Sandell NOR
2
POR
15
ITA
8
FIN
1
GER
EX
ESP FRA 6th 19
48 Finland Kalle Pinomäki NOR
10
POR
9
ITA
Ret
FIN
2
GER
9
ESP
Ret
FRA 11th 8

Off-roading[edit]

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.[16] Later, Renault Sport powered and sponsored the Schlesser-Renault Elf buggies which won the 1999[17] and 2000 editions.[18] The 1999 car was the first two-wheel drive Dakar winner.[19]

Formula One[edit]

From 1977 to 1986 and again between 1989 and 1997, Renault Sport was in charge of Renault's Formula One programme.[20] Renault Sport F1, created at the end of 2010, is the current incarnation of Renault's involvement in Formula One and is headquartered in Viry-Châtillon, which functions as a semi-independent operation.[21][22][23] As of 2013 its CEO is Jean-Michel Jalinier.[21] He reports directly to Renault's CEO.

Formula Two[edit]

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.[24] Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux won the 1976 and 1977 European Formula Two Championships with Renault-powered cars.[21]

Results of Renault Sport as an engine supplier[edit]

1976[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Entrant Chassis Engine Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Driver's Championship Points
Écurie Elf Martini 16/19 Renault-Gordini CH1 West Germany United Kingdom Italy Austria France West Germany France Italy Italy Portugal France West Germany
France Patrick Tambay 3 3 2 3 Ret 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 3rd 39
France René Arnoux 2 7 Ret 4 1 5 10 2 1 1 Ret 3 2nd 52
Equipe Elf Switzerland Jabouille 2J France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret 14 1 6 3 4 2 1 4 2 Ret 1 1st 53
France Michel Leclère Ret Ret 4 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 8 3 2 4th 33
1977[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Entrant Chassis Engine Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Driver's Championship Points
Écurie Renault Elf Martini 22 Renault-Gordini CH1 United Kingdom United Kingdom West Germany West Germany Italy France Italy France France Italy Italy Portugal United Kingdom
France René Arnoux 1 Ret 2 5 Ret 1 16 Ret 1 Ret 1 2 6 1st 52
France Didier Pironi Ret Ret Ret 4 2 2 Ret 3 Ret 4 5 1 3 3rd 38
Willi Kauhsen Renault Elf Racing Team Kauhsen (Jabouille 2J) France Michel Leclère Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret DNS DNQ 15 DNQ 10 0
West Germany Klaus Ludwig Ret Ret Ret 8 DSQ 7 0
France José Dolhem Ret 0
France Alain Prost 10 Ret 0
Italy Vittorio Brambilla Ret 0
Portugal Mario da Silva DNQ 0

Note: During this season Scuderia Everest also entered Renault-powered cars, although those were not supplied by Renault Sport.

Formula Three[edit]

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.[24] 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.[25][26]

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.[27]

Sportscars[edit]

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.[28]

Hillclimbing[edit]

In 2011, a Dacia Duster car prepared for Renault Sport Technologies, Sodemo and Tork Engineering and fitted with a Nissan GT-R engine participated at the Pike's Peak hillclimbing.[29]

Car manufacturing[edit]

In 1994, Renault discontinued the Alpine marque, badging since then its sport cars manufactured at the Dieppe factory as Renault Sport.[30] Renault Sport models are also produced at Renault Spain's Palencia factory (Mégane Renault Sport)[31] and, since 2012, at Renault Argentina's Santa Isabel (Fluence GT).[32]

Current models[edit]

Divisions[edit]

RST is in charge of the conception and manufacturing of the Gordini-badged sport cars[33] 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.[34][35]

Sites[edit]

  • Les Ulis (headquarters, marketing, development)
  • Dieppe (car manufacturing)
  • Heudebouville (special purpose vehicles manufacturing) [11]

Activities[edit]

  • Manufacturer of limited edition sport and special purpose models
  • Competitor in motorsport events (excluding Formula One), for example:
    • Rally and track cars
    • Organisation of single-model vehicle championships
  • Organiser or/and sponsor of the Formula Renault national championships.
  • Organiser of the World Series by Renault: World Series Formula Renault 3.5, Eurocup Mégane Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault
  • Renault Merchandising - For the sale of Renault sport related merchandise.[8]
  • Former shareholder in SMA Engines; an aircraft engine manufacturer, an alliance of RST, EADS and SAFRAN.
Renault Sport articulated lorrys with extended tents, representing Renault at Silverstone for the Renault World Series.

Championships[edit]

Renault Sport organises several national and international one-make racing championships.

International[edit]

A Renault Fluence TC2000 touring car. Since 2011 Renault Sport's Argentinian division has the control of the Renault's official TC2000 team

Many international subsidiaries of Renault have their own Renault Sport division, including Renault UK,[36] Renault Argentina,[37] Renault Spain and Renault Italy,[38] among others.

Renault in motorsport[edit]

Renault is also involved in other racing series but not as Renault Sport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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