In late 2012, French automaker Renault announced plans to partner with British track car specialist Caterham
to develop a new platform to underpin a future sports car for Renault’s revived Alpine brand and another car for Caterham. Earlier this year it was revealed that the firms had ended their partnership
but were still committed to launching their respective sports cars.
Following a mutual agreement between Renault and Caterham, Renault took over the joint venture started by the firms to develop and build the sports cars. Renault will now continue to develop its own Alpine sports car to be launched in 2016, as initially planned. Caterham also plans to continue with its own sports car.
Production of the Alpine sports car will take place, as promised, at the original home of the Alpine brand, Renault’s Dieppe plant in the north of France. The plant is currently being prepared to build and assemble the chassis and body of the new sports car.
“With 90 percent of design specifications complete and an interior design to be finalized before the summer, enthusiasm is growing around the future Alpine production vehicle,” Renault exec Bernard Ollivier said in a statement. “The key words for the vehicle are style, enjoyment and sporting spirit.”
Renault first announced that it was reviving its Alpine brand in 2012. The automaker marked the occasion with the reveal of the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car
, which featured lines inspired by the Renault Alpine A110 Berlinette
from the 1960s and ‘70s, and is thought to preview the new Alpine sports car. Expect a lightweight, mid-engined coupe powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering between 250 and 300 horsepower for the final production version.
Since 2013, Renault has also been rebuilding Alpine’s image in the world of motorsport. Last year, Alpine turned in a remarkable performance, scooping the title in the European Le Mans Series. This year, Alpine is aiming to do even better
, defending its title and aiming for a podium finish in the LMP2 category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.