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ALPINE A110-50

To celebrate the Alpine Berlinette's 50th anniversary, Renault introduces Alpine A110-50, at the Monaco Grand Prix 2012. This concept blends Renault Design's new language (seen on DeZir), the most characteristic design features of the original A110 to Mégane Trophy's racing experience.

A DeZir for Alpine 

 

The car is very curvy, like the Berlinette, while expressing the three key words of our new design policy: simple, sensual and friendly

Axel Breun

 

To celebrate the iconic A110's 50th, Renault introduces Alpine A110-50, a concept translating the most characteristic design features of the original A110 in a modern way. The concept also features elements from Renault's new design language, launched by Laurens van den Acker on concept DeZiR, and which will soon be rolled out in the company’s future models. Thus,Alpine A110-50 adopts the new front-end look, with the upright, confident diamond, adapted for this very low and wide car.

 

 

The Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car translates the most characteristic design features of the original A110 in with:

 

- the sculpted forms of its elegant, flowing bodywork, enhanced by lights over which air seems to flow effortlessly.

 

- the half-domed additional lamps, with a technical but nostalgic interpretation, thanks to full LED yellow lighting – as it should be!

 

- a characteristic 3D rear window, which reveals the mid-rear engine.

 

- air intakes on each side echo the ducts on the rear wheel arches of the Berlinette. The right-hand opening is for gearbox cooling, the left is for the engine bay.

 

The carbon-fibre bodywork features a new shade of blue which refreshes and reinterprets the famous original ‘Alpine Blue’. Every opening panel does so with dynamics worthy of the finest GTs, with the bonnet hinged at the front and the engine bay cover opening towards the rear. The doors feature a scissor motion.


Competition is in its DNA 

Just like the Berlinette, this Alpine concept was born to race and embodies Renault's passion for motor sports with a vengeance.

 

Thus its cockpit is entirely devoted to racing: carbon-fibre sills, an uncluttered dashboard, Sabelt full harness belts, and a steering wheel incorporating a colour screen, housing the same technology as in Formula Renault 3.5 providing drivers with all the information they need. It is also equipped with 21-inch wheels, and is striped of all driving aides (like ABS, traction control, etc.), making for pure driving sensations.

 

Renault Alpine A110-50 is naturally empowered by the renowned expertise of Renault Sport Technologies. It benefits from the experience gained from the racing Mégane Trophy by using the same technical platform (well-known participant of the World Series by Renault). Its tubular chassis has been stiffened and undergone several developments for Alpine A110-50. The roll cage and bracing in the engine bay have been modified (lowered) in the workshop of Tork Engineering to adapt them to the vehicle’s height, which is lower than that of Mégane Trophy. The final weight distribution is almost ideal, with 47.8% over the front wheels.

 

Engine-wise, Alpine A110-50 runs the Renault V4Y engine block, a 3.5 litre 24-valve 400hp V6 mounted in a mid-rear position.

 

This Alpine concept also took its sportsmanship from Renault's experience in Formula 1, like Computational Fluid Dynamics, a cutting-edge technology used to research and design air flow. Or its F1-style transmission, with a semi-automatic six-speed sequential gearbox as well as a twin-plate clutch that can be controlled using either the clutch pedal or a paddle on the steering wheel. The gearbox is fitted longitudinally behind the engine and incorporates a limited-slip differential (discs and ramps) with adjustable pre-loading. The cerametallic twin-plate clutch is also specific to the car. It is activated automatically when downshifting, guaranteeing fast and reliable gear changes.


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