The two-seater coupé – presented as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the brand -features flowing lines, a low profile, sloping, creased hood, sculpted sides and a distinctive rear window – all echoes of historic models like the A110.
The exterior also features a number of carbon details, from the spoiler to the side sills, diffuser, rear air intakes and mirrors.
The color scheme combines the trademark deep blue with orange accents – the same livery inspired by the 960’s race cars and used on the recent concept and racing vehicles, revealed from 2013.
Below we report the details on the design from the official Renault-Alpine release. The Alpine Celebration will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 26-28).
The positioning of the masked double headlamps and the central round lights barred by a black cross takes inspiration from the adhesive strips that used to be found on the headlights of Alpine’s rally cars – it was formerly a means of holding the lenses together should they be broken.
The seemingly floating spoiler which frames the vehicle’s bold front end expresses strength, whilst the visual impression of poise and efficiency is enhanced by the straight, sharp lines of the side sills. The mirrors, meanwhile, incorporate a thin mirror that seems to be suspended free of its housing to heighten the dynamic, lightweight and aerodynamically efficient feel. The famous Alpine arrowed ‘A’ is visible on the air intake grille, sides, front wings and roof.
The design of the wheels recalls a style that was popular on the A110 and A310 models during the 1970s. They reveal the prominent brake discs and orange brake callipers. In the middle is a one-piece cast aluminium hub – another element that contributes to the overall styling.
The athletic rear integrates air intakes built into the rear quarter panels to contribute to engine cooling. The engine cover – which can be spied through the louvered motifs of the rear window – reveals the mid-rear positioning of the power plant.
Above the wheel arches, scoops guide airflow in a manner that is unmistakeably Alpine. The rear of the vehicle is characterised by an impressive diffuser that incorporates a central rear light, flanked by two brushed stainless steel exhaust tailpipes. The approach throughout is very clearly to highlight rather than conceal the car’s structural elements. The result suggests light weight, agility and rewarding performance.
Antony Villain, Alpine Design Director, explained “We envisaged the Alpine Celebration show car as the crowning glory of six decades of Alpine style and motor racing. We paid meticulous attention to every detail. This time, however, we wanted to go even further by reaching out to the hearts of a much broader audience. In order to faithfully reproduce the style and driving experience traditionally associated with Alpine, we were always mindful of wanting to develop and evolve our new car in real-world conditions, but in a manner that is synonymous with French motorsport. It would be difficult to imagine a better showcase than the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours circuit to give the Alpine Celebration its first public airing.”