It is actually part car, part motorcycle

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Some people acquire retro cars and turn them into glorified garage queens in the wake of a thorough restoration process. Some people acquire retro cars and turn them into hillclimb monsters. Care to guess which way Javi Graña went with his Alpine A110?

Yes, he’s racing it… hard

This Alpine A110 Almost Sounds Like an F1 Car
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“This is one odd-looking Alpine A110” you could be thinking, and for good reason. The A110’s sexy silhouette has been tweaked because the car’s owner decided to turn it into a hillclimb special. As a result, it is powered by a 1200-cc Kawasaki ZX12-R engine that makes 200 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. Yes, you read that right, it revs to 11,000 rpm, hence the F1-like sound it makes as it blasts up the hill.

This Alpine A110 Almost Sounds Like an F1 Car
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For the sake of the argument, Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Project One supercar has a 1.6-liter V-6 that revs to 11,000 rpm, too.

Coming back to the A110, it also uses an electronic fuel injection system according to Grumblo, and the rear wheels are driven by a chain, just like in a motorcycle. What’s more, the chain connects to a custom limited-slip differential and the suspension setup includes motorcycle shocks.

This Alpine A110 Almost Sounds Like an F1 Car
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The steering is custom-made by Outeda Racing while stopping power comes from a Wilwood Engineering setup with four-piston calipers in the front and two-piston ones in the rear.

At least the car’s body is still original - albeit for the wide wheel arches and the roof scoop - and it even retains the original Renault blue. Even more impressive, the whole build tips the scales at just 530 kilos (or about 1169 pounds), which is bonkers.

Check it out in the video below.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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