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Sketch of the Alpine A110 Cup Racer gives us chills

French automaker Alpine was founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, and was bought by Renault in the 1970s. Subsequently, Alpine production ceased in 1995. This year, the company was reborn as they introduced the new Alpine A110. The company is hoping to continue its success with this model. They also have plans to develop a small SUV to put in the same segment as the Porsche Macan.

It didn’t take long as the A110 is scheduled to make a debut soon. The A110 will come out in two variants, a racing version and a road legal version. And recently, the company revealed a sketch of what looks like the race car variant. The image does not say a lot because only the top part of the front fascia can be seen. But looking at the image, it seems like the road going version will have a more aggressive look, with its pronounced diffuser, a tow hook, and some more details to the hood - all of which helps improve airflow.

Under the hood of the road-going model will be a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine that can produce 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 236 pound feet (320 Newton-metres) of torque. Overall, it weighs about 2,380 pounds (1,080 kilograms), which is considerably pretty lightweight.

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Alpine is eyeing rival for Porsche Macan in the SUV arena

Alpine is said to be developing an SUV which is believed to be the Porsche Macan’s closest rival. According to AutoExpress, the newly revived performance brand has been looking to release a small SUV following the launch of the A110 at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

The fact that Renault and Nissan have what it takes to make it big in the SUV segment means that Alpine won’t have to start from scratch in developing a new SUV. The family utility vehicle will be taking its styling cues from the mid-engine sports coupe and is expected to reveal the vehicle by 2019.

To be at par with Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, perhaps the French marque only has to ensure that the SUV will be carrying the sports DNA which Alpine is known for.

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Pre-orders for Alpine Premiere Edition sports car now being accepted

After twenty long years, Alpine’s major comeback comes with a special surprise. A limited-only “Premiere Edition” sports car is slated to come out next year. It should be noted that the official details on the car’s specs would be announced much later on. Until now, the production car still goes by the product code “A120”. ---- But it will probably resemble Alpine’s Vision Concept at the very least.

According to reports, the power likely comes from a 1.8 litre turbo engine with up to 250 hp. We also heard about its impressive acceleration speed of 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Even so, the company hasn’t disclosed any information about its “Premiere Edition” except that it will come with “exclusive appointments.”

One more thing; Alpine’s exclusive variant will be limited to only 1,955 customers. The strange numbers apparently refer to the year when Jean Rédélé founded the company back in 1955.

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Alpine Celebration Concept debuts at 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours race

At this year’s 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours race, Renault officially unveiled the Alpine Celebration Concept, a vehicle that previews the upcoming sports car from the French manufacturer. Clearly inspired by the iconic Alpine A110, the Alpine Celebration Concept celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Alpine brand founded by Jean Redele.

As you can see from the photos, the concept is a two-seater coupe with sleek, flowing lines underlined by the deep blue colour scheme. The color scheme is enhanced by hints of orange inspired by the Alpine models which raced at Le Mans from 1963 to 1960, the M63, M64, M65, A210, A220 as well as the A110.

According to the press release, the concept retains its familiar style and set of values, showing a seemingly floating spoiler which frames the bold front end and expresses strength. Moreover, we find straight, sharp lines of the side sills, while the thin mirrors seem to be suspended free of its housing. Carbon fiber details are seen on the car’s body such as the front spoiler, side sills, rear air intakes and mirrors.

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Alpine Vision Gran Turismo will soon no longer be a virtual car that only runs in the world of PlayStation’s Gran Turismo game. In July 2013, Polyphony Digital Inc., developers of the game, made a proposal to create a new ‘virtual’ car, and Alpine teams focused on the new project with same passion, and enthusiasm as they would when creating a new road car – leading to the Alpine of the 21st Century concept.

In a statement, Alpine said that designers and engineers involved in the project were given that task of creating a car that expresses the spirit of the Alpine brand, which should be visible in its styling, and performance – both behind the wheel, or a DualShock PlayStation controller.

Alpine said players will find the same agility that helped forge the legend of the original cars build by founder Jean Rédélé. “The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo stands at the crossroads of the past, present and future, at the frontier between motorsport and road cars,” Alpine said, adding that the concept provides a link between the virtual and real worlds.

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Back in June, Renault announced that it bought Caterham’s stake in Alpine and will continue to launch on its own the new sports cars. In September, the company revealed the fact that it the design of the new sports car is almost finished. In a recent interview at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Renault chief Carlos Ghosn said that the project is continuing as planned, although it would have been better to split the investment with a partner.

This means that the relaunch of Alpine brand is on track for 2016. Still, there is some bad news! If you liked the A110-50 Concept unveiled by Renault in 2012 you should forget about it as the new sports car will not look like that vehicle.

Laurens van den Acker said that the new vehicle will be a modern reinterpretation of the classic Alpine A110 Berlinette, which was launched in the 1960s.

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As you may know already, Renault joined its forces with Caterham back in 2012 in order to revive the Alpine sports car but two years later the joint venture was ended. Renault announced in March 2014 that it will pursue Alpine revival despite ending the joint venture with Caterham. Now, Autocar reports that the design work on the new Alpine sports car is almost finished.

What’s more interesting is that Renault plans more sports cars if the new Alpine is well received by the public. “Let’s get the first car right and then I hope I can start doing Alpines for the rest of my life” said Renault’s design boss Laurens van den Acker in an interview.

In addition, van den Acker said that Carlos Ghosn a.k.a. Renault-Nissan boss has seen the new vehicle and he’s happy with the result. There are not too many details available but according to Renaultsport boss Patrice Ratti, the new Alpine will not be too powerful, it will be more about driving pleasure than pure power.

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Renault still plans to revive its Alpine brand even after terminating a partnership with British specialist sports car maker Caterham, reports said. The carmakers disclosed in November 2012 a 50-50 agreement to design, develop and build sports cars. At the time, the carmakers said they planned to roll out the first vehicles by 2016.

Renault is set announce to unions the unwinding of the joint venture with Caterham, but will pursue solo development of a roadster as it bids to revive its own Alpine brand, a source told Reuters. Renault and Caterham had intended to use their Formula One renown to build a following for affordable performance cars in Europe and Asia.

Tony Fernandes, a tycoon who bought Caterham in 2011 and controls the F1 team of the same name, had vowed more Renault-built models to transform the UK company into a global premium player. The Caterham F1 team, however, was dead last in the 2013 F1 season and has gotten no points since it entering the sport as Lotus Racing three years prior. This prompted Fernandes to give a warning in that he might walk away unless matters turn better.

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Bespoke luxury carmaker ALPINA has unveiled the new D3 Bi-Turbo, the latest addition to its next generation ultra-high-performance diesel saloons and estates. The BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo, derived from BMW’s latest generation 3-Series, is powered by a six cylinder engine that provides up to 350 hp of output and 700 Nm of torque, propelling it from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 173 mph.

Despite this power and speed, the BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo is able to travel 53.2 miles per gallon of fuel (combined cycle) and emit just 139 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Matthew Stripling, Sales Manager at ALPINA GB, remarked that the D3 Bi-Turbo is a luxury car that delivers its "world-beating performance alongside uncompromising comfort and refinement.” He remarked that the new six cylinder D3 features a" wonderful bespoke feel that touches all the senses to make every journey a pleasure."

The BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo is based on BMW’s latest generation 3-Series and is the product of a two-year development program which entailed a detailed analysis of the vehicle as well as a refinement process that resulted to improvements in performance, comfort and style.

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The comeback of Alpine in motor racing this year turned from good to best after the brand was able to clinch the 2013 European Le Mans Series title. This came after the Alpine duo of Pierre Ragues and Nelson Panciatici in an Alpine A450 emerged fourth at the final round of the 2013 championship at the 3 Hours of Paul Ricard held last weekend.

A fourth place finish was enough for the Signatech Alpine team to secure the title as overall winner of the 2013 European Le Mans Series. The team managed to secure three podium finishes in five races – all enough to grab the title this year. Signatech-Alpine’s program for the 2013 season featured two primary objectives: June’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the European Le Mans Series. Prior to the weekend race, the Signatech-Alpine was already priming up for a possible title win, following a landmark victory in Hungary two weeks ago.

The team’s No. 36 Alpine A450 – driven then by Ragues -- qualified on the second row and was behind its main rival for the championship at the start of the race. After one and half hours of piloting the Alpine A450, Ragues found himself at fourth and was relieved by Panciatici. Panciatici, however, was forced to pit to change a defective steering wheel shortly afterwards.

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Alpine's comeback to racing grounds was a very successful one after placing 15th overall and ninth in the LMP2 class in the 81st running of the world-famous endurance racing contest, the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. Signatech Alpine's Nissan-Alpine racing unit, driven by Tristan Gommendy, Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues, completed a total of 317 laps in 24 hours of race.

The team suffered a delay due to trouble in the first few hours of the race, which forced them to make two unscheduled pits stops. The team then clawed their way from 51st place to 15th overall. Signatech Alpine team mechanics Michael Bimont, Pierre Gaches, Benoit Hamel and car chief Denis Motot also received the 38th ‘Prix ESCRA’ for the best technical performance in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Signatech Alpine team principal Philippe Sinault praised the outfit's "caliber," saying that the work carried out in recent weeks and over the actual race has been outstanding. He said that it was a "tremendous source of pride" to see their mechanics’ efforts recognized by a jury. Sinault said that award was very significant, since the mechanics are very much part of the team's future. He remarked that during the Le Mans 24 Hours, they were able note how much the sport’s fans "want to see the fabulous Alpine story continue." Sinault that although the race was difficult mentally, the team was able to demonstrate they have a "great deal of potential."

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Renault is relying on the Alfa Romeo's upcoming 4C to help enhance prospects for the two-seat Alpine coupé, expected to arrive at the market in 2016 with a price of about £50,000. According to Renault chief Carlos Tavares, the Dieppe-made Alpine and the Alfa (as well as the car being developed on the same chassis by its 50/50 partner Caterham) will come together to build a new, big-name, sub-supercar class of driver's cars meant to be attractive to both wealthy consumers who prefer traditional cars and younger fans of driving.

Tavares said that styling is about 70% done. Its shape merges cues from the heavily applauded A110 (featuring four round headlights, arrowhead nose, low roofline, side scoops, wide rear deck) with measurements and features that put the focus on its modernity.

He said that one of the big obstacles is getting the right balance. Tavares hasn’t divulged much about the mechanical details of the car but right before the new Alpine endurance race car debuted at Silverstone, he told Autocar that it will be a two-seat coupé with a weight of about 1000kg, priced at about £50,000 and with a capability of producing 280bhp.

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Residents and visitors in Paris, France are being invited to relive a unique piece of history by coming to the ‘No Limit!’ exhibition, which is open to the viewing public at L’Atelier Renault. The ‘No Limit!’ exhibition will feature the Alpine-Renault A442B that won the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours. The racing vehicle was paraded down the Champs-Elysées around 35 years ago as part of the celebration of its success in the premier endurance race, where it was piloted by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi.

The Champs Elysees premises also provided the ideal backdrop for the unveiling of the new Alpine prototype that will be competing in 2013 endurance racing season.

Société des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham chief executive Bernard Ollivier and Signatech-Alpine team principal Philippe Sinault lifted the veil off the prototype, revealing a striking blue-and-orange livery that recalls the colors donned by the Alpines that raced at Le Mans around five decades ago. The ‘No Limit!’ exhibition is open to the public in Paris until April 7, 2013.

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Renault chief Carlos Tavares is confident that the new Alpine sports car can compete with models such as Alfa 4C and Lotus Evora during its launch. But he warned that it will be too much for the company to instantly produce a rival to the Porsche Cayman. He said that it’s too “arrogant” to claim that it will win if it goes head-to-head with Porsche.

However, he thinks that Lotus and Alfa are “realistic targets.” Tavares said, according to Autocar, that Caterham and Alpine staff are intentionally given enough freedom to independently operate to guarantee that the creation of the co-developed sports car is not hampered.

Tavares said that the projects have some commonality between the projects but that they’re intent on giving freedom to both sides to express themselves. The two cars have to stand on their own merits. However, there may be some sharing of parts. Tavares also said that the A110 design was praised since it used existing parts.

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Renault and Caterham have set a target to get the Alpine sports car finished and launched within three years or until the end of 2015. The two companies started this joint venture last year. The initial speculation was that it will take four years but Renault marketing boss Stephen Norman has denied this. He had also implied that this car is “not soft” but it won’t be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5.

It also won’t be similar to a Peugeot 106 Rallye. He added that Alpine’s DNA will be evident in the car. Norman clarified further that this car has French DNA and won’t be German. The target buyer is “either French or a Francophile” while the car uses technical innovation as part of its DNA.

A clean-sheet design will be used. It’s also going up against the Porsche Boxster and high-performance versions of the Audi TT. It will cost lower than £50,000 and will be powered by a Renault engine with an output of about 250bhp.

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If yesterday it was just a rumor, today everything became official: Renault and Caterham will join their forces in order to revive the legendary Alpine sports car. The two companies made the official announcement that it will put its Alpine factory in Dieppe and its 300-strong workforce into the 50:50 joint venture and Caterham will inject expertise in order to create a new range of sports cars.

According to Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn this new partnership will create a sports car with the Alpine DNA and will cement the link forged between Caterham and Renault in F1. For those who don’t know, the Renault engines are found in the F1 powering the British chassis. Dubbed Societe des Automobiles Alpine Caterham (SAAC), the joint venture will produce an alloy-chassis inspired by the iconic 1960s Alpine 110, which competed in the Monte Carlo rally and Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

This joint venture will produce not one but two sports cars, each with their own body panels, chassis tuning and character. If Renault will concentrate on a coupe inspired by the A110-50 Concept, Caterham will go for an open-top design, just like its other cars. Regarding the engines, the new cars will use the new 1.6-liter turbocharged found on the new Clio RS and capable to deliver around 200 hp.

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We get ideas on what to expect from the Renault's comebacking Alpine model from its exterior design chief Anthony Lo. Sources told Autocar that Renault is prepared to announce a tie-up with Caterham to form a new Alpine in a deal that will have Renault launching its own bespoke model based on the same platform. Lo suggested that the platform to be used on a new Alpine will be a totally new one, but reiterated that the official Renault line had to have a partner with common interests to make the Alpine rebirth possible.

He also hinted that the Alpine revival would be based on a new platform, ruling out Lotus's Evora platform and Fiat Auto's Alfa 4C base as possible donor cars for the new Alpine. Last May at the Monaco Grand Prix in May, Renault unveiled an Alpine concept. Lo said that the DeZir styling on a Mégane Trophy racer is "misleading" in previewing the appearance of a potential Alpine production car. However, he said that this concept was necessary since it made them realize that for Alpine to work, it requires a package for its underpinnings.

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Renault and Caterham will be jointly developing the new Alpine sports car. This has yet to be confirmed by the companies but it’s believed that the talks are advancing and would probably be announced within a month. Presently, Renault is the supplier of F1 engines to Caterham, which is where talks about joint projects have come from.

There are four divisions in the Caterham Group. These are: Caterham Cars, Caterham F1, Caterham Technology and Innovation and Caterham Composites. The Technology division was established in early 2012 specifically to assist Caterham Cars in developing the next generation of accessible and affordable sportscars.

Back then, sources said that the company, which is presently headquartered in Leafield in Oxfordshire, already began to work on projects for external companies. Renault chief Carlos Tavares has claimed long ago that the new Alpine sports car project depends on locating a partner to share development costs.

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Renault’s chief operating officer Carlos Tavares said that the company is “ahead of schedule” in reaching an agreement with a partner who will help it to revive the Alpine sports car brand. It’s possible that an announcement will be made at the Paris motor show. Tavares described this partner as having a management with a similar view of the market.

It will also have to be able to launch a parallel model using the same chassis as the Alpine but with “different styling and tuning.” He said that Renault requires a partner that can make an investment in the new Alpine. He said that since Alpine has a “great history,” they hope to build “emotional cars” that will stay true to this thinking.

Tavares talks about the new Alpine as “the A110 of the 21st century.” Currently, its engineering and styling are being worked on. He declined to discuss the mechanical layout but he said that it’s not likely to have a rear engine (which the A110 had). He also said that they’re done making the platform layout and that the proportions are looking “pretty good.”

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Race Retro will be honoring the motorsport legacy of the iconic Team Lotus and the rallying success of French manufacturer Alpine as its marques when it comes back to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire from February 22 to 24, 2013. Bagging its first World Championship title in 1963, racing driver Jim Clark, founder and chief designer Colin Chapman and Team Lotus have established themselves as icons of Grand Prix motor Racing.

Even more than a decade since its last race, Team Lotus is still one of the most successful racing teams in history, grabbing seven Formula One Constructors’ titles and six Drivers’ Championships as well as the Indianapolis 500 in the United States between 1962 and 1978. Team Lotus was known for engaging in several innovative and experimental developments in critical motorsport, in both technical and commercial fields.

Race Retro will be celebrating its tenth anniversary by displaying the legendary cars involved in Team Lotus’ victories. Alpine, a France-based specialist, shocked the world by beating racing favorites like Ford, Lancia and Porsche at the Manufacturers World Rally Championship in 1973.

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