Alpine Looks to Hydrogen-Combustion As a Savior for Sports Cars
Almost every automaker has abandoned its efforts when it comes to hydrogen propulsion. Toyota is one of the only few automakers who remain committed to the tech, but it seems another automaker is willing to explore hydrogen powertrains as well. As a way of "safeguarding" the future of the internal combustion engine (ICE), French sportscar manufacturer, Alpine, says that they are "actively" exploring hydrogen power for its future sports cars.
A110 GT Jean Rédélé Limited Edition - Paying Tribute to 100 Years of Alpine
Born on May 17, 1922, Jean Rédélé was in his early 30s when founded Alpine back in 1955. Until then, he owned a Renault dealership in France and raced Dieppe-Rouen with a 4 CV. The first car built under the Alpine name was the A106 - a name referring to the power pack of the 4CV of the 1060 series. In 1971, Alpine cars finished first, second, and fourth in the Monte Carlo rally, while in 1973 the A110 1800 finished first, second, third, and fifth at the same rally and won the World Rally Championship with 155 points, beating Porsche, Lancia and Ford.
2022 marks the centenary of its founder’s birth and in order to celebrate the event, Alpine announced the launch of the special edition A110 GT J. Rédélé. The unveiling took place during the Alpine 100-year celebration, where another 1,000 examples of iconic Alpine models past and present gathered together for an epic party.
Alpine A610 - Thirty Years of Rear-engined French Goodness
The Alpine A610 was as odd as they came. It was the quirky French performance automaker’s last hurrah before the brand was resurrected after 22 years of absence with the outgoing A110. This arguably iconic piece of French motoring from Renault’s relatively unknown performance brand recently celebrated its 30th birthday and reminded us how quirky French automobiles are much loved and celebrated by the automotive community.
Future Alpine Cars to be Packed with F1 Aero and Technology
In the grand scheme of things, it hasn’t been that long since the Alpine brand was rebooted with the launch of the Alpine A110. Since then, the brand has focused solely on that model, releasing various models based on it, like the A110 GT4, A110 Sport, A110 SportsX, and the A110 Legende GT. There was even word that an SUV would be coming next, and we even made a rendering of what it might look like, but it never happened. Fast forward to today, and alpine has even joined forces with Lotus to become a full-on EV company. That was back in January 2021, and since then, very little has come out of the brand except for an updated A110 and that cool A4810 Project by IED. The Alpine A110’s successor, which will obviously be electric, is supposedly in the works, but now we’ve learned just what the company has been working on for the past few years, and its future cars will probably surprise you.
The 2025 Alpine GT X-Over EV Chassis-Testing-Mule Caught Playing In The Snow
Back in 2021, Alpine announced that after only four years on the market the A110 sports car will be discontinued, and that, for the future, the brand will mostly focus on electric cars. The first teaser image, revealed at the same time with the announcement revealed that Alpine is working on three different electric cars: a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a sports car.
The electric crossover will be called Alpine GT X-Over, and it seems that it has already begun testing. Our spy photographers caught an experimental vehicle based on a heavily modified Dacia Duster body out for some testing session around the Arctic Circle.
2022 Alpine A4810 Project By IED
Did you ever ask yourself what a 2035 sports car will look like? If you didn’t, don’t worry, you are not the only one. The French maker Alpine wanted to know how people imagine a car like that, so it challenged the students from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) to come up with a design for it.
The result - a hydrogen-powered, two-seater supercar named "A4810", and it uses next-generation technologies.
Drag Race: Toyota GR Supra Vs Porsche Cayman GTS Vs Alpine A110 S
Carwow is back with another one of its epic drag races and this one actually makes quite a bit of sense. Ever since the Alpine A110 S came out, we have been wondering how the French mid-engine sports car would fare against some of the hottest sports cars, currently on sale. The British YouTube channel provides the answer, courtesy of a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and a Toyota GR Supra.
2022 Alpine A110 Comes With More Power and New Aero
The saying “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” still carries weight in the automotive world and Alpine is one of the latest examples. 2021 was indeed a good year for the small French carmaker. It ventured into Formula One and won the Grand Prix in Hungary while simultaneously pushing ahead with the Endurance program in the Hypercar category. The company’s motorsport strife has been perfectly reflected by the revamped Alpine A110, which is even more exciting.
Alpine A108 Is The Forgotten Predecessor To The Original A110
When it comes to high-performance sports cars, Alpine is rarely the first brand to come to mind. Nowadays, the brand is has been revived and the Alpine A110 is a faithful reboot to the original 1961 A110. What many don’t know, however, is that the original A110 is actually an evolution of an older model – the much less known A108.
Renault Sport Just Assumed The Identity of Alpine!
It is official. The performance division of Renault will no longer be called Renault Sport but Alpine. The Renault Sport name will no longer be present on the Formula One grid, as the team is becoming a part of the “Alpine Business Unit”. Since the entity incorporates all performance and motorsport aspects of the Renault brand, this means that the performance versions of Renault, like the Megane RS, will be under the Alpine name going forward.
This Alpine A110 Almost Sounds Like an F1 Car
Alpine Becomes An EV Brand And Something Even Bigger Is Brewing
Rumors claiming that Renault will turn Alpine into an all-electric brand have been confirmed today. The French automaker announced that the marque most famous for the A110 sports will focus on EV vehicles for the future. Renault also released a teaser image that previews three upcoming Alpine models, a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a brand-new sports car. All are connected to charging stations, so all three will feature battery-powered electric motors. But the French also announced that the sports car will be co-developed with Lotus.
The Alpine A110 Has Escaped the Clutches of Death For Now But It’s Living On Borrowed Time
In times of restrictions and cost-cutting, guess what sort of cars are the most vulnerable? It’s those models that don’t bring in a lot of sales and which, at the same time, are expensive to produce. Most often than not, those victims identify themselves as sports cars.
Let’s take the Alpine A110, for example. So far, it was able to elude its demise as the Dieppe plant won’t get shut down. The future, however, holds no good news for the A110.
2020 Alpine A110 Légende GT
Alpine’s return to automotive prominence hit another milestone with the unveiling of the A110 Legende GT. Billed as the “most refined interpretation of the A110 to date,” the A110 Legende GT breaks away from its contemporaries with a smattering of exclusive touches, including an all-new paint finish that will be seen for the first time on the A110.
There is, of course, more to the Legende GT than a fancy new paint. The special edition also boasts a bespoke exterior that matches the exclusivity of the interior. Alpine only plans to release 400 units of the A110 Legende GT. The special edition sports coupe is available to order in France with a starting price of €69,300. That’s around $77,000 based on current exchange rates.
2020 Alpine A110 SportsX
Alpine has decided to partake in a fun design exercise that blends the the modern-day Alpine A110 with inspiration derived from the A110 SportsX that won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1973. . The idea is to showcase the potential for customization offered by the current A110, and showcase that it does. Alpine started by making the A110 80 mm wider and followed up by raising the suspension by 60 mm to make it more off-road friendly.
As far as we can tell, the modern-day Alpine A110 SportsX is powered by the same engine as the standard A100, which means there’s a 1.8-liter four-cylinder in place to do the dirty work. Power output should be pegged at 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This design study, if it was slated for production wouldn’t be quite so fast to 60 mph (4.5 seconds) but it would be more of a go-anywhere type of vehicle so it might be a fair trade-off.
We’ve organized a nice gallery of the Alpine A110 SportsX in the slider above and the page below. Go ahead and browse through and let us know what you think.