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  Alpine A110 GT4

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Country of origin:France
Introduced in:2018
Introduced at:2018 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 06, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionEver since its foundation in 1955, Alpine has competed at the highest levels of international motorsport to demonstrate the performance and durability of its cars. Alpine's most famous motorsport successes include overall victory the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and winning the 1973 FIA World Rally Championship teams' title. Today, it continues to race in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship - winning the series in 2016 - while the one-make Alpine Europa Cup allows amateur Alpine enthusiasts to compete in track-prepared A110 Cup race cars.

The new A110 GT4 will see Alpine return to the racetrack in competition with the world's most prestigious car makers in a production-based category. Building on the specification of the A110 Cup with more power and enhanced aerodynamic downforce, the GT4 is the ultimate version of the A110 sports car.

Developed, built and sold by Alpine's motorsport partner Signatech - the organisation that operates Alpine's FIA World Endurance Championship programme and the Alpine Europa Cup - the A110 GT4 is based on the A110 road car, sharing its lightweight aluminium chassis and double wishbone suspension. Motorsport-specification springs and dampers, Brembo competition brakes, racing tyres, a downforce-generating front splitter and rear wing, a sequential competition gearbox and extensive engine upgrades lift the A110's track performance to as yet unseen levels. A safety cage, fire extinguisher and racing seat and harness complete the motorsport makeover.

Equipped with air conditioning, the A110 GT4 retains the road car's 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, albeit with significant power upgrades.

To be run by customer teams with support from Signatech, the A110 GT4 will begin racing in selected events in the second half of the 2018 season. The car will enter full production in time for the 2019 motorsport season.

Uniquely, Designate will offer A110 Cup customers the opportunity to upgrade their cars to GT4 specification using a package of components, enabling them to compete in the Alpine Cup one season and progress to the GT4 category the following year, all with the same car.

Being based on the A110 road car, the GT4 racer benefits from that model's inherent qualities. Its compact size and lightweight construction are key virtues for circuit racing, as is the mid-engined layout and optimal weight distribution. With very light tyre use and a power-to-weight ratio of 312bhp/tonne - the very limit permitted by GT4 regulations - the A110 is particularly well suited to the GT4 category.

Eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24 Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours, the A110 GT4 will be seen competing around the globe at many of the world's most famous circuits.

With the launch of the A110 GT4, Alpine's ladder of progression takes another step. Driving enthusiasts can begin by enjoying their A110s on the road before heading out on circuit during Alpine's official trackdays. From there, they can begin competing against like-minded enthusiasts in the Alpine Cup before eventually progressing to the top rung of the ladder in the A110 GT4.

Michael van der Sande, Alpine Managing Director, said: "Alpine made its name by competing against other car makers and the new A110 GT4 by Signatech will see us return to that arena. I'm confident the car will be competitive; our ambition is for it to win races and championships.

"Now, amateur competitors can race with us in the Alpine Cup in a friendly and relaxed environment before upgrading their cars and tackling the highly-competitive GT4 series."

Philippe Sinault, Signatech team principal, added: "Since 1990 Signatech has competed in various international motorsport series in both single-seaters and endurance racing, with enormous success. We've applied all of that experience and expertise to the development of the new A110 GT4 to make it a highly competitive racing car.

"Since teaming up with Alpine in the FIA World Endurance Championship we've won races on three continents. In 2016 we won the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on our way to winning that year's championship. We look forward to enjoying that same level of success with Alpine in the GT4 category."

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