IN THE GORDE’S
IN THE GORDE’S
In 1970, Renault 12 Gordini was successor to a myth: Renault 8 Gordini, then its heyday. Although it featured the blue colour and the white stripes that belong to the legend, Renault 12 Gordini did not convey exactly the same philosophy. In fact, R12 Gordini is a front-wheel drive with the engine in front, while for its predecessor it was located in the back. So it was a breakthrough. More powerful, more reliable and safer, it has all the assets to take up the challenge.
Renault presented its sporty three-box saloon, R12 Gordini, to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October 1970. Since R12 Gordini was designed for competition, Renault had to streamline it as far as possible for group 1 certification. The bumpers were removed, the front seats were tubular with fabric stretched by elastic, and the rear seat was in reality simple blocks of foam covered with anthracite sheet.
A cult vehicle like the one before it, Renault 12 Gordini offers sounds evocative of sports and racing.
On 19 July 1970, Renault organised G-Day, where all Renault Gordini, Renault Dauphine and Renault 8 owners were invited to the Le Castellet track to a big Renault owner gathering. Attended by Amédée Gordini himself and many drivers, this gathering ended with the presentation of the brand new Renault 12 Gordini. Often compared to Woodstock, this meeting will be remembered as thousands of cars arrived from Europe to attend what will always be the 1st race on the new Paul Ricard track.
Renault 12 Gordini broke the Cape Town-Algiers speed record. In 71, the Marreau brothers and Yves Garrin set off from Cape Town in South Africa, heading to Algiers in Algeria. But they didn't take a gentle road trip! Their goal was to cover the 10,000 km separating the two cities as fast as possible. It took them just 8 days, 22 hours and 18 minutes. A record! To achieve this feat, they barely got out of their hardy Renault 12. They didn’t even stop to share driving duties, instead changing places while the car was still moving (sometimes at 170 kph!), and didn’t stop at the borders either ... which saw them being shot at a few times! It was crazy, but the record still stands today.
5188 units out of 4 million
- Performance and engine
1565 cc petrol engine developing 113 hp DIN
- dimensionsLength 4,33 mWidth 1,60 mHeight 1 ,44 m
front engine, front-wheel drive