Coming to a race track near you in 2019

Although not yet available outside Europe, the brand-new Alpine A110 is slowly developing into a full-size lineup. Available in standard and Premier guise at first, it gained a race-spec Cup model after the official launch. Now, Alpine is adding three more models to the family, all of which are on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The French firm is expanding the lineup with the A110 Legende, a trim that adds refinement and everyday usability, and A110 Pure, described as the most driver-focused version. More importantly, Alpine also launched a GT4-spec version of the car for international racing.

The Alpine A110 GT4 Is the Hottest A110 Ever Built! Exterior
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The GT4 model is built on the specification of the A110 Cup with more power and enhanced aerodynamic downforce, making it the ultimate version of the A110.

Developed and built by Signatech, Alpine’s motorsport partner in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the A110 GT4 will enable the French brand to extend its motorsport efforts. Alpine is famous for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and the World Rally Championship teams’ title in 1973, and it continues to race in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the series in 2016. The GT4 model is built on the specification of the A110 Cup with more power and enhanced aerodynamic downforce, making it the ultimate version of the A110.

As it is the case with race-spec models, the A110 GT4 has a more aggressive stance. The front fascia gained a big splitter for enhanced aerodynamics, as well as a wider grille and a carbon-fiber lid. The foglamps are marked with the traditional "X" tape. The sides didn’t change much outside the extended side skirts, but the car sits lower and rides on lightweight wheels wrapped in motorsport tires. The rear looks as hot as they get, though, thanks to a big carbon-fiber wing, a carbon spoiler, and a redesigned diffuser with a big exhaust pipe in the middle.

The Alpine A110 GT4 Is the Hottest A110 Ever Built! Exterior
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The new A110 GT4 is eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24-Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours

The cabin retains all of the production model’s features, including the air conditioning system, but gains a full roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and a six-point harness system for the race-spec seat.

Under the rear glass lurks the 1.8-liter four-cylinder from the road-legal model, but extensive engine upgrades increase output to "yet unseen levels." There’s no specific word on power and torque, but Alpine says that the car has a power-to-weight ratio of 312 horsepower per tonne, sitting at the very limit permitted by GT4 regulations. The revised engine mates to a sequential gearbox and is backed by race-spec springs and dampers, and Brembo brakes.

The new A110 GT4 is eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24-Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours. The race coupe will go into production in time for the 2019 motorsport season.

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Developed, built and sold by Signatech leveraging decades of racing experience
Alpine returns to competition with other car makers in a production-based category
A110 Cup can be upgraded to GT4 specification with kit of components
GT4 adds next step to Alpine’s ladder of progression

Ever since its foundation in 1955, Alpine has competed at the highest levels of international motorsport to demonstrate the performance and durability of its cars. Alpine’s most famous motorsport successes include overall victory the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and winning the 1973 FIA World Rally Championship teams’ title. Today, it continues to race in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship – winning the series in 2016 – while the one-make Alpine Europa Cup allows amateur Alpine enthusiasts to compete in track-prepared A110 Cup race cars.

The new A110 GT4 will see Alpine return to the racetrack in competition with the world’s most prestigious car makers in a production-based category. Building on the specification of the A110 Cup with more power and enhanced aerodynamic downforce, the GT4 is the ultimate version of the A110 sports car.

Developed, built and sold by Alpine’s motorsport partner Signatech – the organisation that operates Alpine’s FIA World Endurance Championship programme and the Alpine Europa Cup – the A110 GT4 is based on the A110 road car, sharing its lightweight aluminium chassis and double wishbone suspension. Motorsport-specification springs and dampers, Brembo competition brakes, racing tyres, a downforce-generating front splitter and rear wing, a sequential competition gearbox and extensive engine upgrades lift the A110’s track performance to as yet unseen levels. A safety cage, fire extinguisher and racing seat and harness complete the motorsport makeover.

Equipped with air conditioning, the A110 GT4 retains the road car’s 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, albeit with significant power upgrades.

To be run by customer teams with support from Signatech, the A110 GT4 will begin racing in selected events in the second half of the 2018 season. The car will enter full production in time for the 2019 motorsport season.

Uniquely, Signatech will offer A110 Cup customers the opportunity to upgrade their cars to GT4 specification using a package of components, enabling them to compete in the Alpine Cup one season and progress to the GT4 category the following year, all with the same car.

Being based on the A110 road car, the GT4 racer benefits from that model’s inherent qualities. Its compact size and lightweight construction are key virtues for circuit racing, as is the mid-engined layout and optimal weight distribution. With very light tyre use and a power-to-weight ratio of 312bhp/tonne – the very limit permitted by GT4 regulations – the A110 is particularly well suited to the GT4 category.

Eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24 Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours, the A110 GT4 will be seen competing around the globe at many of the world’s most famous circuits.

With the launch of the A110 GT4, Alpine’s ladder of progression takes another step. Driving enthusiasts can begin by enjoying their A110s on the road before heading out on circuit during Alpine’s official trackdays. From there, they can begin competing against like-minded enthusiasts in the Alpine Cup before eventually progressing to the top rung of the ladder in the A110 GT4.

Michael van der Sande, Alpine Managing Director, said: “Alpine made its name by competing against other car makers and the new A110 GT4 by Signatech will see us return to that arena. I’m confident the car will be competitive; our ambition is for it to win races and championships.

“Now, amateur competitors can race with us in the Alpine Cup in a friendly and relaxed environment before upgrading their cars and tackling the highly-competitive GT4 series.”

Philippe Sinault, Signatech team principal, added: “Since 1990 Signatech has competed in various international motorsport series in both single-seaters and endurance racing, with enormous success. We’ve applied all of that experience and expertise to the development of the new A110 GT4 to make it a highly competitive racing car.

“Since teaming up with Alpine in the FIA World Endurance Championship we’ve won races on three continents. In 2016 we won the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on our way to winning that year’s championship. We look forward to enjoying that same level of success with Alpine in the GT4 category.”

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