Renault has long understood the value of motorsport and has been an active participant in multiple racing disciplines.
Renault’s first major motorsport victory came in the 1902 Paris-Vienna race at the hands of Marcel Renault. Three Type K lightweight cars were entered alongside four smaller voiturettes to do battle against the likes of Count Zborowski’s powerful Mercedes and Henry Farman’s Panhard. The event took place on steep, twisting roads, including a tough Alpine crossing. From that point on, Renault would be a very serious contender in motorsport at all levels.
From 2016, the Renault name raced once again race in F1, this time under the Renault Sport Formula One Team banner. The aim was not just to pay homage to the success of the past, but to re-energise multiple platforms within Renault.
In parallel, Renault embarked on a new adventure with DAMS in the nascent FIA Formula E Championship, the first fully electric racing series. Renault e.dams rose to the latest challenge in winning the maiden championship in 2014/15 but narrowly missed out on the drivers’ title. The team came back even stronger in 2015/16 by taking both titles at the last event of the championship.