Alpine A110 Cup - Race series confirmed for new French sports car

249bhp mid-engined sports cars will go head-to-head in the new production-based race series

Alpine, the French sports car brand recently revived by Renault Sport, has announced a one-make race series for its new A110 sports car.

The Alpine A110 Cup will take place on race circuits around Europe and will offer grids of up to 20 cars, each heavily based on the standard production A110s.

Details are very thin on the ground at the moment, but Alpine has confirmed that the most significant modification will be a roll cage. Otherwise, the cars should return the production models’ 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines and dual-clutch transmissions.

> Alpine A110 passenger ride

An initial sketch suggests the race cars won’t differ too much from the road cars in styling terms, with just the obligatory tow hook and a pair of bonnet pins hinting at race-specific modifications. Signatec, best known for its success in the LMP2 class in endurance racing (and the team behind Alpine’s WEC efforts), will design, build, homologate and sell the A110 Cup cars.

Like many one-make series, there should be some exiting racing - in road trim, the A110 comes in at 1103kg and develops 249bhp, for a power-to-weight ratio of 226bhp per ton - similar to that of a Porsche Cayman. A recent ride in a production-spec car suggests there’s plenty to look forward to when it hits the road, as well as the race circuit.

That should happen towards the end of the year, with first drives beginning in October. No date has been confirmed for the start of the race series but that’s likely to begin in 2018 - a full thirty years after the last Alpine Cup, using Renault-Alpine GTAs, disappeared.

Most Popular

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021
Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back
Lexus IS500 F Sport -
Lexus

Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back

It’s a recipe that AMG, BMW and Audi say no longer appeals, but Lexus has gone its own way, with an almighty catch
22 Feb 2021