Renault to unveil new Alpine concept in honor of A110 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on January 27, 2012

Renault will unveil a new concept car in honor of the iconic Renault Alpine A110 at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The launching of the Alpine concept coupe is part of Renault’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the A110 Berlinetta this year. Laurens van den Acker, Renault design chief, told Autocar that it would be “remiss not to do something” to celebrate the original Alpine.

However, it remains a question when the concept Alpine will see production even if it elicits positive reactions at the Paris show.

“These things live by the grace of the day,” said van den Acker, adding that the best thing for a designer is always to “have something cooking in the corner.” He added that in case “the planets line up” he has something ready.

Meanwhile, Renault’s marketing chief Steve Norman, said the company “knew what to do” about a production Alpine that would rival Porsche, but the question was the size of the market the car could take.

Norman remarked that for the production Alpine to do well financially, it has to sell in China and North America. Van den Acker also brought up the DeZir concept as a topic, saying that it may not yet see production as the company’s badge would not support it yet. The DeZir is expected to compete against the Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The Renault Alpine A110-50 is undeniably a force to reckon with in the world of motorsports. Produced by world renowned motorsport division Renault Sport Technologies, this concept racing car shares the same technical platform as that of the more experienced Mégane Trophy. The tubular chassis used on the Renault Alpine A110-50 which has wowed drivers from the Renault World Series has undergone several modifications including stiffening the chassis.

Tork Engineering worked on modifying the roll cage and bracing in the engine bay by lowering to adapt to the car’s height. This has made it lower than the Mégane Trophy. Renault Design, Koller and Etud Integral led in the making of the Alpine A110-50’s digital design while Protostyle gave the final touches and assembly.

All in all, the Alpine A110-50 achieved an almost ideal weight distribution with around 47.8% of its weight on the front wheels. Moreover, integral pneumatic jacks have been installed into the concept car to facilitate servicing and to allow quicker wheel changing especially during endurance racing.

The Renault Alpine A110-50 is an exceptional masterpiece featuring a fusion of elegance and aerodynamic efficiency. The ground effect contributes so much to the Alpine A110-50’s efficiency. In fact, it contributes to one-third of the car’s downforce. Aerodynamic downforce is maximized because of the splitter hidden in the bumper up front, generating low pressure while the diffuser helps increase air flow beneath the floor of the rear portion of the car. Also designed to increase the car’s downforce is its adjustable rear wing.

Computational Fluid Dynamics, a cutting-edge F1 technology, was used to research and design to effectively and efficiently maximize air flow in the Alpine A110-50. To be able to fully understand the movement of air along the vehicle, CFD allows Renault’s engineers to study the movements of a fluid (or their effects) and to digitally solve equations governing fluid dynamics. This technique effectively enables Renault Sport Technology to fine-tune the aerodynamics as well as the behavior of air flow along the “new” Mégane Trophy.

To showcase exemplary road holding, the Renault Alpine A110-50 comes with a slightly wider track at 1,680 mm up front and 1,690 mm at its rear. Its wheelbase at 2,625 mm is identical to that of the Mégane Trophy’s. Additionally, its road-homologated Michelin tyres are fitted into its 21-inch wheels (with single central nut).

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