In 1973, the Alpine-Renault A110 1800 finished one-two-three in the famed Monte Carlo Rally - the inaugural event of the FIA's new World Rally Championship. The number 18 driven by Jean-Claude Andruet alongside his female co-driver, Michèle 'Biche' Petit led the charge to finish first and set the stage for a dominate Manufacturers' Championship win at season's end.
The original A110 was built around a backbone chassis to which its mechanicals were bolted and it featured an incredibly lightweight body. At launch, the A110 was powered by a 1108cc engine, but this later grew to 1647cc. While the A110's relatively small-displacement engines and short wheelbase weren't ideal for circuit racing, they were perfect for rally racing, where the Alpine's strong chassis and durable mechanicals excelled. Alpines were regularly entered into a new European manufacturer-based rally championship series from 1970 to '72 and came away with several wins, including an overall victory at the 1971 Monte Carlo rally with driver Ove Andersson. The height of the Alpine's rally success came in 1973, when factory-backed A110s dominated the season, ensuring the Alpine name would be permanently etched in motorsport history.
he compact and lightweight sports car is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 252hp. Because it’s so light, it can sprint to 60mph in around 4.5 seconds. In short, it’s one of the best sports cars of the modern era. -
Alpine’s original A110 Berlinette was a formidable race car between the 1960-80s. When Renault reintroduced the Alpine brand, the motorsport heritage was certain to show up soon. The resurrected carmaker revived the A110 moniker and introduced the A110 Cup race car for the one-make championship, the Alpine Europa Cup.
Alpine A110 was a introduced by a French sports car maker who hasn’t actually produced a sports car for around two decades. Alpine was founded by Renault dealer and rally driver Jean Redele in the mid-50s and specialized in making small, light sports cars. The company was shelved in 1995, but recently the brand made a comeback in 2016 with the Alpine Vision concept: a two-seat coupe at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The new A110 creates a clear visual link to one of the prettiest sports cars of all time, the original A110 Berlinetta of 1969, penned by Giovanni Michelotti. While inheriting the Berlinetta’s gorgeous proportions, the A110 has been designed in a gloriously complimentary modern retro design which makes it one of the most striking looking two-doors of the last decade.
The Alpine A110 Cup is a track only version introduced in 2017. Both in name and design, the new A110 Cup harkens back to the original Alpine A110 produced from 1961 to 1977.