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by Tim Beissmann

The Renault Alpine A110-50 has made a triumphant debut at the Monaco Grand Prix, celebrating 50 years since the unveiling of the legendary Alpine Berlinette sports car.

The Alpine A110-50 combines the original racer’s 1960s styling with the brand’s latest design language, which was developed by Renault’s new design chief, Laurens van der Acker, and was first seen in the 2010 Renault DeZir concept.

Renault’s trademark blue and orange colour scheme makes the A110-50 instantly recognisable as a high-performance sports car from the French manufacturer. The elongated front grille wraps tightly around the upright grille and thin, sinister headlights, while twin yellow LED rings add to the car’s sense of nostalgia.

Like the original, the bonnet is hinged at the front and the curved rear window gives a view of the mid/rear-mounted engine. The carbonfibre panelling, massive rear wing, integrated rear exhaust outlets and the scissor doors are unique to the reinterpreted concept.

The Renault Alpine A110-50 sits on the same platform as the Megane Trophy racecar. The chassis has been stiffened, and the roll cage and bracing in the engine bay have been lowered to suit the car’s reduced ride height.

The A110-50’s 3.5-litre V6 engine produces 298kW of power (at 7200rpm) and 422Nm of torque (at 6200rpm). A six-speed semi-automatic transmission, which can be operated with either the clutch pedal or paddles on the steering wheel, sends the power to the rear wheels.

Pulling up the 880kg lightweight are 356mm disc brakes at the front with six-piston calipers and 330mm rear discs with four-piston calipers.

The Sachs dampers can be adjusted in compression and extension, and there are numerous set-up options for the castor, camber, alignment, ride height and anti-roll. Renault says traction control, ABS and other driver aids were not fitted to improve driver feedback.

Although the Renault Alpine A110-50 is only a concept and not designed with any plans for production, the car’s combination of motorsport passion and technical expertise is set to inspire the next generation of Renault Sport production cars.

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