RENAULT IS CELEBRATING 50 years of the iconic A110 sports car with the A110-50 concept car.
The A110-50’s dramatic looks are inspired by Renault’s new design direction, first seen on the DeZir, but uses deisgn cues from the original car including the low, sloping nose, quad-light clusters, central ridge on the bonnet, side air intakes, a sculpted rear engine cover and a reworking of the famous ‘Alpine Blue’ paint.
Axel Breun, Concept and Show Car Director at Renault 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. We were guided by our hearts and emotions.”
The bodywork is carbon fibre and features a front-hinged bonnet at the front and a rear-hinged engine cover at the rear, which incorporates a large rear wing which accounts for two thirds of the car’s aerodynamics.
Inside there is a racing seat, embroided with A110-50 badges, a full Sabelt harness and a racing inspired steering wheel with technology from a Formula Renault 3.5 single seater, providing information to the driver via a built-in colour screen.
Built on the platform of a Megane Trophy racing car, the A110-50 uses a stiffened tubular chassis, double wishbone suspension with Sachs dampers, road-homologated Michelin tyres, 356mm front brakes and 330mm rear brakes and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) designed ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics which include a front splitter and rear diffuser.
Powering the A110-50 is a 3.5 litre, mid-mounted, V6 petrol engine which produces 400bhp and transmits its power to the rear-wheels via a semi-automatic, six-speed sequential gearbox, twin-plate clutch (operated by a traditional pedal or an F1 style paddle on the steering wheel) and a limited slip differential.
The original Renault Alpine A110 (above) was unveiled at the 1962 Paris motorshow, powered by a rear-mounted Renault 8 engine. It competed prominently in many motorsport arenas, most notably in rallying, where it scored multiple French and European championships.