Renault will unleash this 400bhp mid-engined Alpine sports car concept around the Monaco GP circuit on Friday. More good news! It’s going into production. Almost definitely. The A110-50 simply celebrates 50 years since the introduction of the Alpine A110, the legendary Renault-engined sports car of the Sixties and Seventies that won the inaugural World Rally Championship in 1973.
Renault Alpine A110-50 is naturally empowered by the renowned expertise of Renault Sport Technologies. It benefits from the experience gained from the racing Mégane Trophy by using the same technical platform (well-known participant of the World Series by Renault).
Its tubular chassis has been stiffened and undergone several developments for Alpine A110-50. The roll cage and bracing in the engine bay have been modified (lowered) in the workshop of Tork Engineering to adapt them to the vehicle’s height, which is lower than that of Mégane Trophy. The final weight distribution is almost ideal, with 47.8% over the front wheels.
Engine-wise, Alpine A110-50 runs the Renault V4Y engine block, a 3.5 liter 24-valve 400hp V6 mounted in a mid-rear position.
This Alpine concept also took its sportsmanship from Renault’s experience in Formula 1, like Computational Fluid Dynamics, a cutting-edge technology used to research and design air flow. Or its F1-style transmission, with a semi-automatic six-speed sequential gearbox as well as a twin-plate clutch that can be controlled using either the clutch pedal or a paddle on the steering wheel.
The gearbox is fitted longitudinally behind the engine and incorporates a limited-slip differential (discs and ramps) with adjustable pre-loading. The cerametallic twin-plate clutch is also specific to the car. It is activated automatically when downshifting, guaranteeing fast and reliable gear changes.