Alpine Set For Return To Rallying
Since its release in 2016, the Alpine A110 has managed to catch the attention of journalists from across the world thanks to great styling, accessibility and ideal handling. It’s this great handling thanks to a lightweight design that’s allowed the car to be so successful in GT4 championships in Europe and has made the A110 Cup so popular.
Renault now seems to be interested in pushing the mid-engine sportscar towards yet another form of Motorsport, rallying. In fact, the original A110 on which the modern version gets a lot of its character was a force to be reckoned with in 1960’s rallying. Therefore, the brand’s return to competitive rallying has been highly anticipated.
Just like the GT4 and Cup versions of the car, the project of turning the car into a special stage destroyer has been entrusted to Signatech. This is the same company that has been running Alpine branded prototypes in LMP2 at Le Mans since 2013.
The car is set to be based on the A110 Cup car and will have around 300 horsepower. It will remain a two-wheel drive sportscar meaning it is primarily aimed at asphalt rallies such as Spain, Germany and France.
As the project is still ongoing, talks are yet to begin regarding the car’s homologation and, more importantly, its category. Although, as a 300 horsepower, two-wheel drive, mid-engined sportscar, it will surely fall under the FIA R-GT class which currently puts the rally versions of the Cayman GT4 and Abarth 124 against each other.
According to Alpine, the Alpine A110 “Rally” will go on sale in the second half of the year, once full specifications and prices have been announced. Deliveries should start around the end of the year in two separate waves. The first one will complete French orders and the second will focus on European cars.