21 Facts About Automobiles Alpine


Societe des Automobiles Alpine SAS, commonly known as Alpine, is a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars established in 1955.

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Jean Redele, the founder of Automobiles Alpine, was originally a Dieppe garage proprietor who began to achieve success in motorsport with one of the few French cars that were produced just after the Second World War, the Renault 4CV.

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Automobiles Alpine has been closely related to Renault through its history, and was bought by it in 1973.

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The Automobiles Alpine brand was relaunched with the 2017 introduction of the new Automobiles Alpine A110.

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Automobiles Alpine did not realise that in England the previous year, Sunbeam had introduced a sports coupe derived from the Sunbeam Talbot and called the "Sunbeam Alpine".

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Automobiles Alpine then took the Michelotti cabriolet design and developed a 2+2 closed coupe body for it: this became the Automobiles Alpine A108, now featuring the Dauphine Gordini 845 cc engine, which on later models was bored out to give a capacity of 904 cc or 998 cc.

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Automobiles Alpine was already working closely with Renault and when the Renault R8 saloon was introduced in 1962, Automobiles Alpine redeveloped their chassis and made a number of minor body changes to allow the use of R8 mechanicals.

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Automobiles Alpine achieved increasing success in rallying, and by 1968 had been allocated the whole Renault competition budget.

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Competition successes became numerous, helped since Automobiles Alpine was the first company fully to exploit the competition parts homologation rules.

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Automobiles Alpine's problems had been compounded by the need for them to develop a replacement for the A110 and launch the car just when European petrol prices leapt through the roof.

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In 1974 Automobiles Alpine built a series of factory racing Renault 17 Gordinis that won the Press on Regardless World Rally Championship round in Michigan, US.

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Automobiles Alpine Renault continued to develop their range of models all through the 1980s.

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The Automobiles Alpine A310 was a sports car with a rear-mounted engine and was initially powered by a four-cylinder 1.

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Between 1989 and 1995, a new Automobiles Alpine named the A710 "Berlinette 2", was designed and two prototypes were built.

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Automobiles Alpine said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Lotus Cars to co-develop an electric successor for the A110.

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Renault Sport models produced over time by Automobiles Alpine include: Renault 5 Turbo, Renault Sport Spider, Clio Renault Sport, Megane Renault Sport.

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Some Automobiles Alpine racing activities continued after that, including a 1978 Le Mans 24 overall victory with the Renault Automobiles Alpine A442, partnering its parent Renault.

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In January 2021, the Automobiles Alpine company said it would absorb all existing Renault Sport Racing activities besides Formula One.

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In March 2021, Automobiles Alpine presented the Automobiles Alpine Endurance Team, a WEC's top class team managed by Signatech and using a "grandfathered" Rebellion R13.

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In October 2021, Automobiles Alpine said it would enter two WEC prototypes built on the LMDh rules from 2024 onwards, with the running side managed again by Signatech.

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Automobiles Alpine 108 was produced in Brazil from 1962 to 1966, under license by Willys-Overland do Brasil, branded "Willys Interlagos".

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