To coincide with the Monaco Grand
Prix on Friday May 25, come and check out the latest Renault concept car,
whose design should stir your memory for several reasons.
Blending the past and the future of the brand, the 400-hp concept car
commemorates the 50th anniversary of an emblematic Renault vehicle
has confirmed the unveiling of an Alpine concept at this weekend's Formula
One Grand Prix de Monaco, but as we get closer there are new details along
side new questions. Just yesterday came the leaked image of a concept
called the A110-50C, heavily based on the Renault DeZir concept, that
could turn out to be the thing itself or pure Photoshop fancy. French
press is reporting that Renault COO Carlos Tavares has confirmed that a
400-horsepower concept will appear that "could be homologated and on
the road in the future," and it will take a lap of the Monaco course.
UNVEILS STUNNING CONCEPT CAR TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE ALPINE A 110
The Alpine Berlinette turns 50 this year and, to mark the event, Renault
has created a concept car named Renault Alpine A110-50, dedicated to
performance and driving enjoyment.
So what’s in a name? In some cases, the heritage of a name is like a
national treasure – and that’s certainly true for Alpine. Its DNA
blends Renault’s sporting passion and technical expertise.
- The Renault Alpine A 110-50 concept car translates the most
characteristic design features of the original A110 in a modern and
- The carbon-fibre bodywork features a new shade of blue which
refreshes and reinterprets the famous original ‘Alpine Blue’.
- Produced with the renowned expertise of Renault Sport Technologies,
the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car is imbued with the world of
motorsport. It benefits from the experience gained from the Mégane Trophy
race car by using the same technical platform.
“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. We were guided
by our hearts and emotions.” Axel Breun, Concept and Show Car Director.
Alpine DéZir – The creation of the Renault Alpine A110-50 ………………………...3
Renault Alpine A110-50 – Chassis and suspension ……………….......…………....4
Renault Alpine A110-50 – Engine and gearbox ………………………….................6
Renault Alpine A110-50 – The legacy of the Berlinette ………………………….......9
The Berlinette – A look back at a glorious past in motorsport …………………...10
CHAPTER 1: The creation of the Renault Alpine A 110-50 concept
A new interpretation of a timeless design
To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Berlinette (A 110), Designer
Yann Jarsalle and Concept and Show Car Director Axel Breun reinterpreted
the original design cues to include the new Renault design language
introduced by Laurens van den Acker with the DeZir concept car, and which
will soon be rolled out in the company’s future models. The new
front-end look, with the upright, confident diamond, has been adapted for
this very low and wide car. The Renault Alpine A110-50 is a car of today;
a bold embodiment of Renault’s passion for motorsport.
“For everybody on the team, it was a dream come true to work on an
Alpine concept car. We wanted to put this car firmly in the modern day,
while resonating with its heritage” Laurens van den Acker, Senior VP,
The Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car translates the most
characteristic design features of the original A 110 in a modern and
spectacular way with:
- the sculpted forms of its elegant, flowing bodywork, enhanced by
lights over which air seems to flow effortlessly.
- the half-domed additional lamps, with a technical but nostalgic
interpretation, thanks to full LED yellow lighting – as it should be
- a characteristic 3D rear window, which reveals the mid-rear engine.
- air intakes on each side echo the ducts on the rear wheel arches of
the Berlinette. The right-hand opening is for gearbox cooling, the left is
for the engine bay.
Produced by Faster, the carbon-fibre bodywork features a new shade of blue
which refreshes and reinterprets the famous original ‘Alpine Blue’.
Every opening panel does so with dynamics worthy of the finest GTs, with
the bonnet hinged at the front and the engine bay cover opening towards
the rear. The doors feature a scissor motion.
“The car is very curvy, like the Berlinette, while expressing the
three key words of our new design policy: simple, sensual and friendly”
A competition-focused cockpit
As you climb into the driving seat, the eye is drawn to the carbon-fibre
sills. Everything inside
this two-seater expresses build quality and sportiness, with black
- the driver’s seat features embroidered ‘Renault Alpine
A110-50’ badging, Sabelt full harness belts and alternate, attractive
shades of blue.
- the dashboard is particularly uncluttered. The Renault
Design-created steering wheel incorporates a colour screen and houses the
same technology as a Formula Renault 3.5 single-seater to provide drivers
with all the information they need.
- Racing driver equipment is provided by Sabelt and the helmet is
created by Ruby.
CHAPTER 2: the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car – Chassis and
A true prototype
Produced with the renowned expertise of Renault Sport Technologies, the
Renault Alpine A110-50 is imbued with the world of motorsport. It benefits
from the experience gained from the Mégane Trophy race car by using the
same technical platform. Acclaimed by drivers in the WORLD SERIES by
RENAULT, the tubular chassis of the Renault Alpine A110-50 has been
stiffened and undergone several developments. The roll cage and bracing in
the engine bay have been modified (lowered) in the workshop of Tork
Engineering to adapt them to the vehicle’s height, which is lower than
that of Mégane Trophy. The digital design work was led by Renault Design,
Koller and Etud Integral, while final assembly was carried out by
Protostyle. The final weight distribution is almost ideal, with 47.8% over
the front wheels.
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.
An exceptional car that fuses elegance and aerodynamic efficiency
The efficiency of the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car is largely
generated by ground effect. At the front, a splitter hidden in the bumper
generates low pressure, which results in significant aerodynamic downforce.
At the rear, a diffuser accelerates air flow 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.
The research and design of this air flow was conducted using
Computational Fluid Dynamics, a cutting-edge technology used particularly
in F1. CFD involves studying movements of a fluid, or their effects, by
resolving digitally the equations which govern the fluid. This technique
was used by Renault Sport Technologies primarily in order to fine-tune the
aerodynamics and study the behaviour of the New Mégane Trophy as a
function of air flow.
Exemplary road holding
The wheelbase of the Renault Alpine A110-50 is identical to that of Mégane
Trophy (2,625mm), while the track is slightly wider at 1,680mm front and
The 21-inch wheels, with a single central nut, are specific to this car
and fitted with road-homologated Michelin tyres.
The Sachs dampers can be adjusted in compression and extension, and are
mounted directly onto the lower wishbones. There are numerous different
set-up options: castor, camber and alignment, ride height, anti-roll.
In order to improve driver feedback and provide the purest driving
experience possible, driving aids like ABS, traction control, etc. are not
Serious stopping power
The braking capability of the Renault Alpine A110-50 match its
performance. At the front, large 356mm-diameter steel discs are slowed by
six-piston callipers. At the rear, the discs are 330mm in diameter, while
the callipers are four-piston models.
CHAPTER 3: the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car – Engine and
Developed on the same technical platform as Mégane Trophy, the Renault
Alpine A110-50 concept car also boasts the same chief technical
It runs the Renault V4Y engine block, a 3.5 litre 24-valve 400hp V6
mounted in a mid-rear position. The crankcase (semi-wet), moving parts
(pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft), valve train (camshafts and valve
springs) and exhaust system are specific compared to the version featured
on productions models.
Furthermore, the Renault Alpine A110-50 uses the carbon air intake
employed for Mégane Trophy V6.
The inlet manifold is fed by a new roof-mounted air intake. This
development broadens the engine’s power band, with additional horsepower
at all engine speeds. The engine mapping has been optimised for these
The Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car is fitted with a semi-automatic
six-speed sequential gearbox, as well as a twin-plate clutch that can be
controlled using either the clutch pedal or a paddle on the steering
The gearbox is fitted longitudinally behind the engine and incorporates a
limited-slip differential (discs and ramps) with adjustable pre-loading.
The cerametallic twin-plate clutch is also specific to the car. It is
activated automatically when downshifting, guaranteeing fast and reliable
A black box at the heart of Renault Alpine A110-50
Supplied by Magneti-Marelli, the Marvell 6R electronic control unit
includes functions for engine management, gearbox control and data
Even more accurate data acquisition
All data collected by the Renault Alpine A110-50 can be analysed using
version 4 of the benchmark Wintax software. Wintax 4 enables advanced
analysis of more than 50 parameters: engine speed, gear, steering angle,
car speed, throttle position, brake pressure… This information allows
drivers and engineers to optimise settings and driving style. Wintax 4
data analysis also enables even faster diagnosis of any technical
25CD4S steel chassis with semi-load bearing engine and gearbox
Front splitter, diffuser, rear wing
V4Y – 6 cylinders – 24 valves – 3,498cc
Bore x stroke 95.5mm
Injection/ignition Magneti-Marelli Marvell 6R
Maximum power 400hp
torque 422Nm at 6,200rpm
Maximum revs 7,500rpm
speeds + reverse – sequential
Gear shift Semi-automatic
(pedal-operated clutch and paddle)
twin-plate 184mm-diameter clutch
SUSPENSION & BRAKES
wishbones, adjustable two-way Sachs damper/spring assemblies, front
Front brakes Ventilated
steel discs (Ø 356mm x 32mm) with six-piston AP Racing callipers
Steel discs (Ø 330mm x 32mm) with four-piston AP Racing callipers
WHEELS & TYRES
Aluminium alloy - Front: 8 x 21 / Rear: 9.5 x 21
245-35 x 21 (front) and 265-35 x 21 (rear)
CHAPTER 4: Renault Alpine A110-50 – The legacy of the Berlinette
1962 - A star is born
When Jean Rédélé unveiled the A110 Berlinette at the 1962 Paris Motor
Show, it marked the start of an Alpine adventure for the engine from the
Renault 8. The car had been developed from the Alpine A108, but was more
stylish and more dynamic, with an even lower engine cover, a larger glazed
area and the rear lights from the Renault 8. The new engine demanded
changes to the air intakes: with the radiator mounted at the rear, cooling
exits were opened in the resin bodywork behind the rear wheel arches,
disguised with four chrome strips. The changes served only to heighten the
elegance of the A110 Berlinette. The restrained, balanced silhouette
maintained its extremely pure lines.
A car for the enthusiast
To drive a Berlinette is a life-changing experience. Above all, it was
designed to win rallies, so it's not surprising that it boasts a certain
pedigree; not a tricky personality, but real character. You don't climb
aboard an Alpine, you slide into it. But once you're behind the wheel, the
connection is immediate. Agility and traction are particular strong points
thanks to the mid-rear position engine, which tends to produce oversteer
that is easy to control using the steering and throttle. It's sometimes a
little trickier to keep going in a straight line, but life's all about
compromise... This isn't a car you simply take for a drive – it demands
to be driven properly. Its weaknesses are also its strengths.
CHAPTER 5: The Berlinette – A look back at a glorious past in
The Berlinette in motorsport
The light weight and handling qualities of the Berlinette meant it was
perfectly suited for motorsport. As well as being fun to drive, the cars
were favourites with the fans, who often saw them cornering hard at lurid
angles. It's almost impossible to catalogue every motorsport triumph for
the Berlinette, but these are the main stages of the adventure.
1961-1968: the early successes
José Rosinski took the first win for the A110 at the 1963 Rallye des
Lions. The remainder of the season followed this trend, with exploits
including a win for Jacques Cheinisse on the Rallye d'Automne.
In the years that followed, a number of 'privateer' drivers achieved
success at national and international level ahead of much more powerful
cars from well-established brands.
- 1967: assembling a great team
Alpine became Alpine-Renault. New drivers joined the line-up: Gérard
Larrousse, Jean-Claude Andruet and Jean-Pierre Nicolas in the works team,
but also, among others, Bernard Darniche in the privateer ranks.
- 1968: the first French Rally Championship title
After victories on the Neige et Glace and Rallye de Lorraine for Gérard
Larousse, Jean-Claude Andruet claimed the French title thanks to a total
score of four wins during the season.
1969: Hitting its stride
Jean Vinatier and Jean-Claude Andruet were the stars of the season, with
the former going on to become the French Rally Champion at the end of the
1970: European and French titles
The Berlinette 1600S was homologated for Group 4, which finally allowed
the car to fight on almost equal terms with more powerful competitors.
Jean-Claude Andruet, who had calmed his approach after several notable
incidents, was crowned French and European Champion.
1971: The Berlinette dominates the Rallye Monte-Carlo
Another good year. Ove Andersson won the Rallye Monte-Carlo. Thérier
finished second and Andruet third. Andersson also took the win in Italy
against the flotilla of Fiats and Lancias dispatched to beat him. He
subsequently triumphed on the Austrian Alpine Rally and on the Acropolis,
securing the international title for Alpine. Jean-Pierre Nicolas won the
1972: Heading for glory
The 1,600cc engine was replaced by a more powerful 1,800cc unit.
Jean-Claude Andruet dominated the Tour de Corse. Numerous wins followed,
shared between the team's drivers. Darniche was crowned French Champion at
the end of the year, while Jean-Luc Thérier claimed the Rallye des Cévennes
driving a turbocharged 1,600cc version. This was the first stirrings of a
technology destined for major success...
1973: The climax of an era
Just imagine the best French drivers of the era: Andruet, Darniche, Thérier,
Nicolas and Piot ably supported by the experienced Andersson. What's more,
a team of mechanics giving their heart and soul, plus a car at the peak of
its development. The season began with victory for Andruet on the Rallye
Monte-Carlo, followed home by four other Alpines. In Portugal, Thérier
and Nicolas scored a one-two. On the Rallye du Maroc, Darniche was
unbeatable. And the rest of the season followed the same trend. Alpine won
the inaugural World Rally Championship title and Jean-Luc Thérier was
crowned French Champion.
1974 – 1975: the end of the works era
Nicolas won the Rallye du Maroc and finished second on the Tour de Corse.
This was the Berlinette's swansong, and the year produced the last major
win for the A110 on the Critérium des Cévennes, driven by Jacques Henry.
a video Teaser
Of course, this is noting new, in 2008 we were treated
and earlier this month this.
and one should recall Renault's previous concept cars,
particularly those that made it to production.