Renault is to reinvent the Gordini brand as the “ultimate track-focused car”, chief operating officer Carlos Tavares has confirmed.

The name will be used on the company’s most specialist track-only offerings and will sit alongside Renault’s established performance division, Renaultsport.

The announcment comes as Tavares today sought to confirm the continued operation of the Renaultsport brand, after the unveiling of a partnership with Caterham Cars to create a new sports car under the Alpine brand name.

Speaking to Autocar, Tavares said: “Renaultsport models will be sporty and Gordini will be a step beyond – the ultimate track-focused car. A Gordini will only be sold for the road as a derivative of a special track car.”

A successful F1 team in the 1950s, Gordini was acquired by Renault in 1969. The Gordini name has most recently been seen on cosmetically upgraded versions of the Clio and Twingo.