Alpine GTA Concept – pro-level fan fiction car design at its best

Russian car designer Arseny Kostromin has magnificently executed his idea of a competition Alpine GTA

Sadly this is not Alpine’s entry to a new GT racing formula, and, unless something very dramatic happens, it will not be appearing at Le Mans any time soon. 

What you’re looking at is a design study by Arseny Kostromin, a Russian designer who has gained over a decade’s experience working in the studios of RenaultVolkswagen and the Genesis Advanced Design Studio in Frankfurt, and now works from his own Berlin-based studio focusing on automotive design techniques and processes. 

His latest project is this stunning interpretation of the Alpine A110 as a fully fledged racer. He’s called it the GTA and, while it may have familiar Alpine design cues, it is spectacularly bespoke and – to our eyes – off-the-chart desirable. 

Kostromin’s GTA is based on a carbonfibre monocoque and a rear-mounted flat-six engine, but he tells us the concept started with the driver and he designed the car around them. As he acknowledges, it’s an inside-out way of doing things, but it does mean the GTA is as driver-orientated as possible. 

As a result the cockpit is narrow,  the occupants wrapped in a carbonfibre shell with the two bucket seats positioned well within the tub rather than on it. This makes for a rather wide sill, though the sensation of falling into the car would no doubt add to the sense of occasion if one were able to drive it. 

At a little over four metres long and 1100mm tall, it’s lower and shorter than the road car, but 30mm wider at 1826mm, which gives it an extremely purposeful stance. Though clearly recognisable as an A110, when you take a closer look and drink in the details it’s immediately apparent that this is an Alpine whose design is optimised for the track. 

There are enlarged openings in the front bumper for the proposed oil-coolers positioned behind them, a pair of carbonfibre air intakes for the rear-mounted engine, and an adjustable carbon front splitter. The heat from the oil-coolers is expelled through the bonnet openings and over the GTA’s roof for optimised aero efficiency. 

Aerodynamics define the flanks and the rear of the car, too, with deeper sills and enlarged wheel housings with en vogue cut-outs. The carbonfibre underbody is aero-optimised and blends into the rear diffuser. The rear bumper has been cut away to accommodate both the diffuser and the lightweight Akrapovič exhaust, while the swan-neck supports for the sizeable rear wing are pure GT race car. 

Yet for all the aero and retro design touches, Arseny’s decision to incorporate a pair of butterfly doors into the carbon structure is perhaps the most inspired. It provides the GTA with exactly the sense of drama you expect and want from a concept, especially one designed to stand out in a crowded pitlane. It also calls to mind the Renault Sport RS01 one-make racer and GT3 contender.

Another bit of inspired thinking involves the powertrain. According to Arseny, out would go the road-going A110’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and in would come a naturally aspirated 4-litre flat-six built by Gordini and producing in the region of 500bhp. And yes, that’s a gearlever sprouting from the transmission tunnel. Well, if you’re going to create a dream concept, it might as well be to your own exacting spec, right? 

Inboard suspension, six-piston brake calipers, titanium exhaust and lightweight racing wheels fitted with 245 x 18 front tyres and 315 x 19s rears tick all the motorsport essentials boxes. The steering wheel, gearshifter and the instrument cluster housing would all be machined from individual blocks of aluminium, and the steering wheel would also house switches to adjust the brake balance and engine map and control the lap monitoring software. 

‘I created the Alpine GTA project to highlight the modern design processes available using a single piece of 3D modelling software called Autodesk Alias,’ explains Arseny. ‘The finished car is perhaps what could be created if the expertise of the Alpine F1 team met Alpine’s design heritage.’ 

Now there’s a thought. Perhaps Alpine should contact Arsney to help design its proposed LMH and LMDh prototype racers scheduled for 2022. Based on what we’ve seen with the GTA, he certainly wouldn’t be short of ideas. 

Recommended

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 2021 review – a no holds barred expression of pure Lamborghini
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 – front cornering
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 2021 review – a no holds barred expression of pure Lamborghini

Lamborghini’s answer to Ferrari’s XX programme is, on this evidence, every bit as desirable and dramatic. More so, if anything.
3 Jul 2021
Ultimate Dallara EXP revealed – ultimate track day toy goes up another notch
Dallara EXP – front quarter
Dallara

Ultimate Dallara EXP revealed – ultimate track day toy goes up another notch

Italian track day weapon goes hardcore with new track-only EXP version
1 Jul 2021
Alpine reveals future plans as high-performance Renault offshoot
Alpine range
Alpine

Alpine reveals future plans as high-performance Renault offshoot

Heated-up Renaults but no A110 replacement for Alpine as it follows in Cupra and Abarth footsteps
30 Jun 2021
Porsche 911 GT3 2021 review – has the 992-gen now peaked?
992 Porsche 911 GT3 front
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 2021 review – has the 992-gen now peaked?

Few cars have higher expectations than an all-new 911 GT3 and the new 992 hasn't disappointed, but we'll need more time with it on-road to get a true …
20 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110

Lotus's first all-new car for a quarter of a century comes AMG power and sub-£60,000 price tag
13 Jul 2021
New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback – front tracking
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster

After months of tech insights, we now finally get to see the all-new Audi RS3 in its finished form
19 Jul 2021
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2021 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 992 review
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2021 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
14 Jul 2021