Régie Renault launched in 1962 the Renault R8 wich well be, with the R10, the last car with a motor placed at the rear until the appearance of the Twingo III in 2014.
It was not until the Paris Salon 1964 to discover the model R8 Gordini (TYPE R1134). She will be quickly recognizable in her dress Blue France 418 and its double white band running the entire lenght of the car.
First car offering accessible sports performance with a standard car budget, its oversteer behavior (it drifts from the rear) due to the engine placed in the rear overhang will make it a reference of sporty driving for experienced pilots but also for all skid lovers.
Amédée Gordini, nicknamed "the sorcerer", will transform the original block (Cléon Fonte of 956 cm3) while raising its cubic capacity to 1108 cm3 (77,5 ch DIN / 95ch SAE). The most significant modifications will be the adaptation of a hemispherical cylinder head (V-valves and central plugs) and the addition of two Solex horizontal dual-body carburetors.
With a top speed of 170 Km / h the R8 Gordini is one of the fastest cars of its time. In September 1966 appears the R8 Gordini 1300 with a 1255cc engine developing 88hp DIN / 103hp SAE. The gearbox now has 5 gears and the top speed is increased to 175 km / h.
A month after its presentation, the R8 Gordini will not stop winning for almost 10 years (Tour de Corse, Rally Morocco, Australian Rally Championship, Rally Ivory Coast, Rally Portugal). The last R8 Gordini is manufactured in May 1970.
A total of 11,607 Renault Gordini were produced, including 8981 for the 1300 version alone. A true icon of a generation, Gorde is now snapping up at the price of sporting sports full of technology. Its performance remains intact.
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