Of Italian birth, Amedee Gordini later installed himself in the garage business in Paris and by the mid-30s was racing tuned Fiat sports cars, built under licence in France by Simca. Such was his expertise at tuning and modifying that the cars soon justified the title Simca-Gordini. After the war the Equipe Gordini expanded rapidly and the cars bacame pure Gordini, his garage business having developed into a large engineering works in which he made his own four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, to suit all capacity classes in competitions. He designed and built a 41/2-litre V12 engine for the Formula One of 1950, but finances prevented him going ahead with it so he sold the whole project to the Italian OSCA firm run by the Maserati brothers. For the 1954 Formula he produced straight-eight engines of delightful simplicity, but they were under-powered compared with the opposition.
Gordini competed in Formula One from 1950 to 1956 (with a brief return in 1957 with an eight cylinder engine), although it achieved a major success in Formula Two during that period. After its Formula One program ended, Gordini worked with Renault as an engine tuner, entering Renault-Gordini cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1962 and 1969.
Activity: 1950 - 1957 Grand Prix: 47 Best Result: 3rd - R. Manzon (Belgium 1952) / J. Behra (Switzerland 1952) Best Grid Position: 3rd - R. Manzon (Switzerland 1952) / M. Trintignant (Germany 1952) Fastest Laps: 1 Championship Points: 30,14