Alpine GTA study by former VW and Genesis designer will leave you daydreaming
Arseny Kostromin has designed the ultimate flat-six powered A110 that Alpine needs to make.
The Alpine A110 has been Groupe Renault's successful re-entry into sporting cars, with a mid-ship rear wheel drive layout to take on established entry level sports cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman, Alfa Romeo 4C and Lotus Exige. With a Getrag 7-speed dual clutch mated to a 1.8 litre turbo-4 churning out a reasonable 185kW (249hp) and 320Nm, the little French sports car is able to manage a 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.5 seconds - which isn't bad, but for diehard Alpine fans, there's never been a properly hardcore car to come out of team blue's factory.
Back in 2012, Renault created the 'Alpine A110-50' concept car dubbed the Alpine ZAR, but that was no more than a whacky concept based on the Mégane Trophy race car - so clearly it was never destined to hit the public roads.
That's where this comes in. An Alpine design that speaks like a production car, thought up by talented former Volkswagen, Renault and Genesis designer, Arseny Kostromin. It's been given the familiar name Alpine GTA, and its exactly what we'd picture as a hardcore version of the Alpine A110.
A personal design study, the GTA takes the chassis of the production A110 and significantly amplifies it to create the most gorgeous looking Alpine we've ever seen, and although its still in early stages, Kostromin is eager to get at least a one-off built - he just has to find an investor.
The man himself behind the project, Kostromin has worked for multiple car companies prior as stated earlier, but now runs his own business "Arseny Kostromin Design" based in Berlin, where he creates absolutely stunning concepts from scratch - and his most notable project includes being part of the team that worked on the four-seater Koenigsegg Gemera. We'd imagine that having to design a hypercar that can fit a small family is no easy task.
Kostromin's Alpine GTA render goes into significant detail, with a completely reworked interior stripped of all unncessary components in order to save weight and improve overall performance. Fitted with raw carbon trim straight from the monocoque, the cabin is shrouded in black leather, covering the lightweight racing seats, steering wheel, floating dash and door cards. Additionally, the GTA has been designed to house a full suite of racing accessories, including four-point Alpine badged harnesses, a fire extinguisher, removable steering wheel and even toggle switches reminiscent of track based race cars.
The powertrain setup within the all-aluminium monocoque is very different to the standard Alpine A110, with a gorgeous mid-mounted air-cooled 4.0 litre flat-six engine by Gordini, exhausting through a set of sonorous Akrapovic titanium pipes. As detailed by the pictures of the underbody, the emphasis of Kostromin's design study is simple and effective underneath - and aggressive but simply stunning on the surface. It's a tribute to Alpine F1, and it's one of those designs that we would really love to see come into fruition. C'est magnifique.
Huge thanks to Arseny Kostromin for giving us permission to write about his stunning render. Make sure to check out his website here with some of his other magnificant designs such as the Alfa Romeo C8-R TAZIO and other brilliant Alpine concepts.