n late 2012, French automaker Renault formally announced plans to partner with iconic British track car specialist Caterham to create a new platform to support a future sports car for Renault’s newly rejuvenated Alpine brand and another car for Caterham. Earlier this year it was revealed that the firms had concluded their partnership but were still committed to launching their respective sports cars.
Following their agreement, Renault took over the joint venture started by the firms to create and build the sports cars. Renault will now continue to develop its own Alpine sports car to be launched in 2016, as initially planned, Caterham also plans to continue with its own sports car.
Production of the Alpine sports car will take place at the original home of the Alpine brand, Renault’s Dieppe plant in the north of France. The plant is currently being prepared to build and assemble the chassis and body of the new sports car.
Renault executive Bernard Ollivier said in a statement: “With 90 percent of design specifications complete and an interior design to be finalized before the summer, enthusiasm is growing around the future Alpine production vehicle. The key words for the vehicle are style, enjoyment and sporting spirit.”
When Renault first announced that it was resurrecting its Alpine brand in 2012, the automaker marked the occasion with the reveal of the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car. This car featured lines inspired by the Renault Alpine A110 Berlinettefrom the 1960s and ‘70s, and is thought to preview the new Alpine sports car. Expect a lightweight, mid-engined coupe powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering between 250 and 300 horsepower for the final production version.
For the past couple of years,Renault has also been rebuilding Alpine’s image in the world of motorsport. This past year, Alpine turned in a remarkable performance, scooping the title in the European Le Mans Series. This year, Alpine is aiming to do even better, defending its title and aiming for a podium finish in the LMP2 category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.