World Rally Champion in 1973, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and World Champion in the LMP2 class in last season’s FIA WEC, Alpine’s success in motorsport has earned it a special place in the heart of racing fans. The Brand has also spawned interest and enthusiasm in many amateur drivers, keen to enjoy themselves behind the wheel of attractive, light and agile cars. It is very much in this spirit and in respecting this tradition that Alpine decided to create the Alpine A110 Cup, which will make its track debut in 2018.
To ensure this new adventure is a success, Alpine entrusted Signatech with the design, development, production and sales of the A110 Cup. The organisation headed by Philippe Sinault, which is responsible for operating the Alpine A470s in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), also has extensive experience in the development of customer racing products.
In conjunction with the engineers who devised the production car, Signatech designed the racing version with a primary target: provide the drivers with as much enjoyment as possible, whether they are beginners or experienced.
Armed with a precise chassis, a 270hp engine for a weight of 1,050kg (3.9kg/hp), uncompromising safety features and the kind of onboard electronics commonly seen an Endurance prototype, the Alpine A110 Cup promises to deliver impressive performance.
On sale at a price of €100,000 excl. tax (approx. £90,000), the Alpine A110 Cup will be taking part in a competition combining rigour and professionalism with a friendly, warm approach. Organised by Signatech over six rounds in 2018, the Alpine Europa Cup will visit six of the greatest racetracks in Europe. This FIA international series recalls the Europa Cup held between 1985 and 1988 with the Alpine GTA V6 Turbo.
Drivers keen to take part in the Alpine Europa Cup must express their interest soon since production will be limited to little more than twenty cars for the first season.
Bernard Ollivier, Alpine Deputy Managing Director: “The fact we have created the Alpine A110 Cup and a dedicated competition in which they will compete, the Alpine Europa Cup, is yet further evidence of our love of motor racing. We wanted the A110 Cup to be a genuine race car, a particularly refined machine equipped with high-end features geared towards performance. Alpine Europa Cup competitors will therefore be able to enjoy driving a very beautiful car, which will set new standards in terms of efficiency. The organisation of the competition will also meet Alpine’s demanding requirements, featuring rigour and professionalism on the track, but a fun and friendly atmosphere in the paddock. The Alpine Europa Cup will equally be used as a means of reaching out to our community of fans throughout Europe.”
Philippe Sinault, Managing Director of Signatech: “Here at Signatech, we are very proud to have been chosen to work on such a comprehensive project. From the design office to the assembly workshop, and including the team responsible for organising the Alpine Europa Cup, all of our expertise has been brought to bear in order to comply with the specifications set out by Alpine. The A110 Cup is an uncompromising car as regards its features, with a key objective: provide drivers with lots of enjoyment. This can be seen in many ways, whether you consider perceived quality, the quest for efficiency, ergonomics, etc. Before a field of twenty or so A110 Cups line up at the Circuit Paul Ricard, we still have a lot of work to do, with the development and then production of the cars. It’s an exciting challenge, both for Signatech and for Alpine.”
ALPINE A110 CUP – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Type _______________________ Aluminium monocoque
Safety ______________________ Multi-point roll cage
Bodywork ___________________ Aluminium
Aerodynamics ________________ Flat base, diffuser, rear spoiler
Type _______________________ Four-cylinder 1.8-litre 16v
Layout ______________________ Rear mid-mounted
Power ______________________ 270hp at 6,000rpm
ECU _______________________ Magneti-Marelli SRG 140
Type _______________________ Rear-wheel drive
Gearbox ____________________ 3MO six-speed sequential
Controls _____________________ Steering-wheel mounted
Differential ___________________ Self-locking, limited slip
Clutch ______________________ Sintered steel twin-disk
AXLES AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
Suspension __________________ Superimposed double wishbones
Shock absorbers ______________ Öhlins two-track adjustable
FR brakes ___________________ Ø 355 x 32mm, six-piston Brembo callipers
RR brakes ___________________ Ø 333 x 32mm, four-piston Brembo callipers
Steering _____________________ Electric power-assisted