Alpine presented the A110 Cup – a racer based on the Alpine A110 – at the end of 2017. The A110 Cup will be raced on European racetracks from 2018 as part of the Alpine Europa Cup. The A110 Cup makes the most of the lightness and agility of the production model with high-end features, combining performance, efficiency and driving pleasure. Based on an overall framework defined by Alpine, the design, development and marketing of the A110 Cup have been entrusted to Signatech, the brand’s partner in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
In conjunction with the engineers who devised the production car, Signatech designed the A110 Cup with a primary target: provide the drivers with as much enjoyment as possible, whether they are beginners or experienced.
Armed with a precise chassis, a 270hp engine for a weight of 1,050kg (3.9kg/hp), uncompromising safety features and the kind of onboard electronics commonly seen an Endurance prototype, the Alpine A110 Cup delivers impressive performance.
On sale at a price of €100,000 excl. tax (approx. £90,000), the Alpine A110 Cup will take part in a competition combining rigour and professionalism with a friendly, warm approach. Organised by Signatech over six rounds in 2018, the Alpine Europa Cup will visit six of the greatest racetracks in Europe. This FIA international series recalls the Europa Cup held between 1985 and 1988 with the Alpine GTA V6 Turbo.
Built at Alpine's Dieppe plant, the Alpine A110 Cup's monocoque chassis has been modified to adapt the suspension geometry, reduce ride height (-40mm), provide mounting points for the roll cage and adapt the rigidity to racing requirements, especially as regards the level of grip procured by slick tyres. The design has also been managed as part of a partnership between Signatech and Renault Sport Racing, who provided their expertise and calculation facilities to the project.
In the engine compartment, these modifications resulted in the fitting of specific side members. Connected to the rear part of the roll cage, these magnificently-sculpted aluminium components, machined from a solid block of metal, enable the mounting point of the upper wishbones to be raised. The lower wishbones are attached to the two joint-welded half-subframes supporting the powertrain.
At the front, these modifications have resulted in the fitting of a joint-welded subframe and attachment plates for the upper wishbones. Supplied by Öhlins, the four spring-shock absorbers are compression- and rebound-adjustable.
Like the production car, the Alpine A110 Cup comes fitted with Michelin tyres. Slick and treaded tyres are designed to provide the best compromise between performance and durability.