Following our preview of the Renault Alpine 110-50 concept last week, Renault has revealed full details and images of the concept that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original Alpine A110 Berlinette rally car.
The Alpine A110-50 combines the original racer’s 1960s styling with the brand’s latest design language, which was developed by Renault’s new design chief, Laurens van der Acker, and was first seen in the 2010 Renault DeZir concept.
The A110-50 has a carbon fibre body with a roof-mounted air intake and half-domed LED lights that mimic the original car’s fog lights. There’s also scissor doors, a prominent rear wing and 21-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tyres. The cabin features a minimalist design with Alcantara sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a roll cage.
Under the carbon fibre bodywork lies a strengthened version of the Megane Trophy’s tubular chassis. The wheelbase of the Alpine A110-50 is identical to that of Mégane Trophy at 2 625 mm, while the track is slightly wider at 1 680 mm on the front and 1 690 mm at the rear. According to Renault, the Alpine A110-50 has a kerb weight of just 880 kg. Renault says the final weight distribution is almost ideal, with 47.8 percent hanging over the front wheels.
The Alpine A110-50 makes use of the Megane Trophy’s V4Y engine, which is Renault’s internal designation for the Nissan VQ 3.5-litre V6. In this application, the V6 delivers 294 kW at 7 200 r/min and 422 Nm at 6 200 r/min. A semi-automatic six-speed sequential gearbox drives the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.
Other highlights include 356 mm disc brakes at the front with six-piston calipers and 330 mm rear discs with four-piston calipers. The Sachs dampers can be adjusted in compression and rebound, and there are numerous set-up options for the castor, camber, alignment, ride height and anti-roll. Renault says traction control, ABS and other driver aids were not fitted in order to improve driver feedback.
While the Alpine A110-50 is strictly a concept, Renault could be testing the response with the idea to revive the Alpine brand in future.