Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Renault Alpine A110-50

The revival of the Alpine name is something that Renaultsport are always talking about, with various design studies, concepts and ideas scribbled on the back of cocktail menus having surfaced over recent years. And with the A110-50, they're surely onto a winner...
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the A110, this ultra-futuristic carbon-fibre concept is bursting with retro flourishes, such as the yellow-tinged LEDs and the circles on the snout that mimic its forefather's spotlights. It shares its oily bits with the brutal Mégane Trophy Racer, meaning that it has a very shouty 395bhp 3.5-litre V6 mounted amidships. There's a six-speed sequential 'box, a tubular chassis, genuine ground-effect from the vast spoilers, and the whole thing only weighs 880kg. And don't go thinking that this is a polished show pony - Renault debuted the A110-50 in Monaco on the Grand Prix weekend, tearing through the streets of the principality at eyewatering speeds, its rifle-shot engine sound crackling across the harbour. SuckSqueezeBangBlow took these photos of it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it spent all weekend smoking its Michelins and pouncing up the hillclimb at improbable velocity. A gorgeous, vicious, sensational machine - they'd be mad not to put this into production. It's just perfect.

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