Groupe Renault revealed the Alpine Vision show car at the home of the well-known Monte Carlo Rally. As Groupe Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn puts it, the automotive and motorsports industries are "deeply rooted" in Groupe Renault's DNA.
Alpine is a step to further Groupe Renault's strategy to leverage craftsmanship and modern technology between road and track. According to Ghosn, Groupe Renault looks forward to "reaching new customers" in the luxury sports vehicle segment. Earlier this month, the company unveiled its return to Formula One with a Renault team.
The Alpine Vision perfectly blends excellent agility and outstanding styling, staying true to the Alpine A110 Berlinette that was admired by motorsports enthusiasts worldwide. The show car is powered by a core completed with a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which was designed and engineered by Renault Sport.
Being lightweight, it allows the vehicle to accelerate up to 62 mph or 100 kph in just 4.50 seconds. The Alpine Vision project will be overseen by a small team with the sole mission of exceeding customers' expectations and satisfaction levels.
Michael van der Sande will serve as the project's Managing Director while Antony Villain will lead the design department. Alpine Vision will mostly draw from the resources of both Renault Sport and Groupe Renault. Van der Sande expressed his enthusiasm about being part of the team to bring back Alpine in the industry once again.
He said that the team is committed to bringing back the glory of Alpines as they "faithfully re-interpret" them with better agility and enhanced performance. The group seeks to produce a recognizable yet high-tech Alpine model, which will be available for production later this year.
The team will dedicate the following 12 months on creating a state-of-the-art vehicle that is relatively similar to the show car in terms of handling, capability, details, and weight. Aside from that, the team's priorities also include the pursuit of racing.
Presently, the Signatech-Alpine Racing Team has won two European endurance championships and also won the LMP2 class in last year's World Endurance Championship.
This year, the team is set to compete in two Alpine LMP2 vehicles in the World Endurance Championship, including Le Mans. The Alpine Vision, produced in Dieppe, France, will roll out in the markets of Europe by 2017. Worldwide distribution will follow.