The 1093, released in 1962, gave ordinary motorists the chance to drive a higher-powered rally-ready version of Renault’s popular Dauphine.
A racing model
Encouraged by Dauphine’s brilliant competition record, Renault’s motor sports boss François Landon decided to launch a special version—the 1093—in late 1961. The new model made a feature of its factory code name, and production would have to reach 1,000 units in under a year for qualification in the “mass-production touring car” category. The 1093 was thus a true volume-production competition model, with larger headlamps, vented wheels, two blue stripes on the all-white body, and a powertrain upgrade giving a top speed of more than 140 km/h.
1093 wins the Tour de Corse
It came on the scene just a little too late to substantially improve on Dauphine’s already impressive track record, although it did win first place in the 1962 Tour de Corse (with Orsini and Canonicci), and performed very well at many regional events. Above all, it paved the way for R8 Gordini, which appeared in 1964 and would go on to delight hundreds of amateur and professional racing drivers.