By Paul Rachwal
Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
 

Renault COO Carlos Tavares this week indicated that it will begin applying its Gordini brand to the most performance-oriented and track-focused cars. The name will appear on cars that are even harder-edged and slot in above the current Renaultsport performance division.

Tavares was speaking with AutoCar, confirming that Renaultsport will continue to operate despite the recently-announced partnership with Caterham.

"Renaultsport models will be sporty and Gordini will be a step beyond - the ultimate track-focused car," he said. "A Gordini will only be sold for the road as a derivative of a special track car."

The last time Gordini badges and styling pieces adorned Renault products was on the Clio RS and Twingo RS from 2010. The former made 200 horsepower, or the same as the Renaultsport Clio, while the latter was good for 133.

Amédée Gordini built sports cars and raced in F1 between 1950 and 1956. It was bought by Renault, whose engines it tuned beforehand, until in 1969.

Whether or not this latest piece of news will in any way affect Renault's plans to revive the famed Clio Williams hot hatch in 2014 remains to be seen. Williams is a current Renault F1 partner, so there would be a slight conflict of interest between Williams and Gordini.