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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1984 - 1987
Numbers built:69
Price new:F 233,000
Internal name:D501
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 12, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIntroduced in 1984, the Renault-Alpine GTA V6 replaced the A310 that had been in production for over a decade. To give the new sports car some more performance credentials, Renault launched the GTA V6 Turbo Europa Cup as a Formula 1 support series starting in 1985. Developed in-house, the cars used were very closely based on the top-of-the-range GTA V6 Turbo.

Built around a steel backbone chassis, the state-of-the-art GTA featured double-wishbone suspension on all four corners. For competition purposes, a steel roll-over bar was added to add further rigidity to the chassis. The fibreglass body fitted to the Europa Cup was very similar to the production car, which had a drag figure of just 0.28. Slightly wider wheel arches provided space for sticky slick tyres.

Most of the development work of the Europa Cup car focused on developing the 'PRV' V6 engine. Like the production unit, it displaced just under 2.5 litres and was equipped with a Garrett T3 turbo and an inter-cooler. While the road-legal V6 was good for just under 200 bhp, the Europa Cup engine was good for 220 bhp in the first season and ultimately produced 280 bhp. The tweaked engine was bolted directly to a five-speed transaxle gearbox.

While Europa Cup cars were not cheap, Renault ensured full grids by offering start money to the competitors. The GTA V6 Turbo Europa Cup served as a curtain raiser for most of the European Grands Prix for four seasons (1985 - 1988). The series attracted a healthy mix of professional and gentleman racers. Eventually a total of 67 Europa Cup cars were built at the Dieppe factory.

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