Renault Alpine A 110-50 concept car revealed

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Renault has created a new concept car inspired by the classic Alpine Berlinette, named Renault Alpine A 110-50.

The car sits on the same technical platform as the Mégane Trophy race car and its tubular chassis has been stiffened and developed in several ways. The roll cage and bracing in the engine bay have been modified in the workshop of Tork Engineering to adapt them to the vehicle’s height, which is lower than that of Mégane Trophy. To facilitate servicing, the concept car features integral pneumatic jacks. Derived directly from the systems seen in endurance racing, they allow the wheels to be changed extremely quickly.

At the front, a splitter hidden in the bumper generates low pressure, which results in significant aerodynamic downforce. At the rear, a diffuser accelerates airflow beneath the floor. Ground effect therefore accounts for more than one third of the car’s downforce, with the rest coming from an adjustable rear wing.

Axel Breun, concept and show dar director said, “Developing this concept car was a great adventure. It was a catalyst for creativity. We wanted to make a Berlinette that was of our time, and which boldly embodies Renault’s passion for motorsport.”

Specfications

Chassis: Tubular 25CD4S steel chassis with semi-load bearing engine and gearbox

Suspension: Double wishbones, adjustable two-way sachs damper/spring assemblies, front anti-roll bar

Front brakes: Ventilated steel discs (Ø 356mm x 32mm) with six-piston AP Racing calipers

Rear brakes: Steel discs (Ø 330mm x 32mm) with four-piston AP Racing calipers

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