Renault is reviving the Gordini name for high-performance versions of its Twingo and Clio small cars.
The name pays homage to Amedee Gordini, a mechanical genius known as "the sorcerer" for taking production-car engines and making them competitive on the great racetracks of Europe.
The Gordini versions of the Twingo and the Clio will wear the trademark light blue paint with a pair of white stripes running from nose to tail and centered over the driver. The grille gets four headlights.
The Twingo Gordini RS will debut on Nov. 25 on the Champs Elysees in Paris and will go on sale next spring. The Clio Gordini RS follows a few months later.
Renault credits the Italian-born Gordini with developing nearly 200,000 vehicles during a 20-year career with the French automaker.
The R8 Gordini placed first, third, fourth and fifth in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally.
Born in 1899, within a year of Louis Renault building his first vehicle, Gordini was fascinated by automobiles and motor racing from a very young age.
After working as a racing mechanic in his teens, Gordini developed his own sports racing and Grand Prix cars.
Gordini began his career with Alfieri Maserati, and he raced cars for Fiat after World War I. He joined Renault in the mid-1950s.
Gordini died in 1979.