Calling all Renault fans: your loyalties will be split this weekend at the Festival of Speed… in the F1 paddock, the famous French marque will be celebrating 60 years of its Alpine badge, the performance arm that used rear-mounted Renault engines in its race and sports cars, and was subsequently brought under the arm of company in 1973.
Renault is marking the anniversary with a new Alpine Celebration Goodwood concept in the F1 paddock alongside classic Alpine models; it’s the same car that was at the Le Mans 24 Hour race earlier this month, but with a bespoke Goodwood livery.
Continuing the sporting heritage, you’ve got the British debut of the Clio Renaultsport 22o Trophy, with some big changes over the regular 200 model, and a handy 217bhp and a ‘torque boost’ function, available in fourth and fifth gears, which develops up to 207lb ft.
Over on Renault’s stand, the Kadjar is on display ahead of its arrival in the showrooms. The Kadjar fills the SUV-shaped hole in Renault’s line-up, and uses sister company Nissan’s Qashqai as its starting point. reviews so far have been positive, commenting on space and high levels of equipment. It goes on sale late summer.