RE: Alpine A110 Rally breaks cover

RE: Alpine A110 Rally breaks cover

Friday 6th September

Alpine A110 Rally breaks cover

A110 gets the R-GT treatment to compete against RWD Abarth 124s and Porsche Caymans on the loose



Alpine has revealed a rally-specification version of its A110 that's intended for competition in the FIA's fast-growing R-GT class. On show at the Rallye Mont-Blanc in Morzine, the new model has been developed by race team Signatech with input from French rally champions Emmanuel Guigou and Laurent Pellier, who have helped turn the already lightweight two-door into a featherweight competition machine with more than 300hp from its 1.8-litre engine.

Using the Alpine A110 GT4 and Cup racers as a base, the rally machine gets the usual motorsport alterations including a roll-cage, Sabelt bucket seats and fire extinguisher. But it shifts the focus from asphalt to the rough and tough stuff of a rally stage with unique three-way hydraulic suspension. The GT4's racier bodywork has been carried over, although the R-GT car gets a slimmer fixed rear wing for reduced drag. There are also Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels.

The mid-mounted turbocharged engine has also received a light overhaul, boosting its power to beyond the 300hp mark and linking it to a six-speed sequential gearbox, which provides drive via a limited-slip differential. The upgrades largely end there, as per the R-GT's cost-limiting regulations that prevent substantial modification from the GT4 base, helping the A110 R-GT list price to a relatively inexpensive (for this level of motorsport) 150,000 euros before taxes - so about Β£160k with VAT.

Following its reveal, Alpine will put the car forward for FIA homologation, suggesting it could be ready to go up against the clock - along with Porsche's Cayman and Abarth's 124 competition machines - on next year's rallying world stage. For those who prefer their sports cars of the numberplate-wearing variety, rumours of a road-going GT4 variant continue...


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RumbleOfThunder

Original Poster:

2,842 posts

148 months

Friday 6th September
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That looks the absolute bks on those white wheels. Also it's interesting how top mounted wings have exploded over the past few years. I first noticed them on the Koenigsegg Agera.

j90gta

479 posts

79 months

Friday 6th September
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Hope it's as successful as the original.

Tickle

3,304 posts

149 months

Friday 6th September
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That looks very, very nice!


The R-GT class produces some good looking motors, no doubt purposeful to drive too

Krikkit

15,973 posts

126 months

Friday 6th September
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RumbleOfThunder said:
That looks the absolute bks on those white wheels. Also it's interesting how top mounted wings have exploded over the past few years. I first noticed them on the Koenigsegg Agera.
Swan-neck mounts have been de rigeur in top-level motorsport for ten years, not surprising they trickled down into the lower echelons.

And yes, it looks bloody awesome.

Jon_S_Rally

548 posts

33 months

Friday 6th September
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Like this a lot, but I'd love to know what's "rapidly growing" about the R-GT class. It's not been properly supported and developed since it's inception.

As for "on the loose", the FIA R-GT Cup only takes place on tarmac.

Nice car though.

Miserablegit

739 posts

54 months

Friday 6th September
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It has a roof scoop
It’s a yes from me on that basis alone

ZX10R NIN

15,095 posts

70 months

Friday 6th September
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I wish the FIA would promote this R GT more, that Alpine looks the nuts.

cluckcluck

732 posts

130 months

Friday 6th September
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The 90's called, they want their vauxhall tigra back

redroadster

983 posts

177 months

Friday 6th September
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Negative comments from super up Corsa boys not really true petrol heads who appreciate this car .

Terminator X

7,862 posts

149 months

Friday 6th September
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What weight is it now? Light on the road anyway of course.

TX.

simonbamg

353 posts

68 months

Friday 6th September
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cluckcluck said:
The 90's called, they want their vauxhall tigra back
PH forum rule 1: we must not hurt Alipine owners feeings what ever you thoughts on the car, touchy lot

nunpuncher

1,297 posts

70 months

Friday 6th September
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cluckcluck said:
The 90's called, they want their vauxhall tigra back
First pic looks more like a racing Puma I thought.

And that's definitely not a bad thing.

Miserablegit

739 posts

54 months

Friday 6th September
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Ah simonbamg and blade7 turn up on an alpine thread- like turds one cannot flush.

simonbamg

353 posts

68 months

Friday 6th September
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Miserablegit said:
Ah simonbamg and blade7 turn up on an alpine thread- like turds one cannot flush.
Insults... and I was just trying to be nice

Amateurish

6,025 posts

167 months

Friday 6th September
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I just saw this in Morzine, very nice. Lots of Alpines (new and old) doing the rally today.

Miserablegit

739 posts

54 months

Friday 6th September
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Any photo’s from the rally?

ArnageWRC

968 posts

104 months

Friday 6th September
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ZX10R NIN said:
I wish the FIA would promote this R GT more, that Alpine looks the nuts.
I really wonder if the FiA want these cars in rallying. It could/ should be a fabulous class, with crowd pleasing RWD GT cars taking each other on. Why isn't there a properly promoted series for them? Or make them the 2nd billing behind the WRCars in the WRC. Or a proper Tarmac Rally series.......

Rallying shouldn't be just about the WRC.......

And sadly, it seems as if Porsche have dropped plans for the Cayman R-GT.

Amateurish

6,025 posts

167 months

Saturday 7th September
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Miserablegit said:
Any photo’s from the rally?
Live from the rally


ZX10R NIN

15,095 posts

70 months

Saturday 7th September
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ArnageWRC said:
I really wonder if the FiA want these cars in rallying. It could/ should be a fabulous class, with crowd pleasing RWD GT cars taking each other on. Why isn't there a properly promoted series for them? Or make them the 2nd billing behind the WRCars in the WRC. Or a proper Tarmac Rally series.......

Rallying shouldn't be just about the WRC.......

And sadly, it seems as if Porsche have dropped plans for the Cayman R-GT.
I completely agree who doesn't want to here an F Type/Alpine/C63/Cayman tearing around Corsica etc they should have their own tarmac championship that fits into the WRC calendar.

Miserablegit

739 posts

54 months

Saturday 7th September
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Amateurish said:
Live from the rally

Lovely - many thanks