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Caterham and Renault teaming up to bring back the Alpine

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November 6, 2012

Renault Alpine A110 'Berlinette'

Renault Alpine A110 'Berlinette'

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The Alpine car brand is coming back. Renault and the Caterham Group have announced a new joint venture to build sports cars beginning in January 2013 at Renault’s Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy. The partnership between Renault and Caterham involves the latter holding a 50 percent stake in the new business called the Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham.

Building on their Formula 1 partnership, the companies hope that this venture will allow them to combine their expertise to build cars that are “distinctive, differentiated, and carry the respective DNA of Alpine and Caterham Cars.” This revival of Alpine by Renault and Caterham is particularly timely because this year is the 50th anniversary of the Alpine A110 sports car.

The Renault Alpine A110-50
The Renault Alpine A110-50

The next step for the companies will be a feasibility study by Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology & Innovation on the joint development of a sports car. This is aimed at developing sports cars in both the large and small series with each company marketing its own vehicle within four years. This will involve a joint Engineering Department with Renault and Caterham pooling engineering resources on an equal basis.

Technical and pricing details have yet to be worked out, but the most likely model for the first revived Alpine vehicle will be the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept that Renault unveiled last May to mark the A110’s anniversary. The A110-50 is very much a racer from its carbon composite bodywork to its 3.5 liter V6 mid-rear engine punching through 200 bhp (150 kW).

The video below shows Renault and Caterham Group announcing their partnership.

Source: Renault

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3 Comments

3.5 L gets 150 kw?? Sounds like the old all purpose French V6 gets another run. If this is the case you would avoid this car like the plague. I guess it wouldn't be "Alpine" if it used an excellent (read Japanese) engine.

teamelephant
7th November, 2012 @ 03:05 am PST

Yes, I too am surprised by the anemic power output of the 3.5 which should be easily capable of producing 200 hp. ...per rear wheel. The term affordable was mentioned. As a potential track day car, I'm curious to know just how 'affordable' it will be. OK, I was right. It is 400 horsepower. Found in another article.

Bruce Williams
7th November, 2012 @ 01:18 pm PST

What we do have to remember is; Renault might not be a sexy brand in the Sports car world. But when it comes to race engines, guess which engines have been the best over the last 10 years. NOT a Ferrari, occasionally a Mercedes, but most of them with Renault power to the tyres. As per "Red Bull Racing team" and the old Renault team made a great car for Alonso to win the title with too.

PaulYak
7th November, 2012 @ 09:53 pm PST
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