The tie-up recollects Lotus-Renault collaborations of the previous that started with a Renault engine within the Lotus Europa of the Seventies. In a quirk of destiny it’s also fascinating to recall that Alpine’s renaissance was initially in collaboration with Caterham Vehicles. That didn’t work out but it surely didn’t cease Renault backing a brand new A110 that has gone on since launch to garner plaudits all world wide.
Little extra is understood in regards to the new electrical A110 at this stage besides that it is going to be a part of what Alpine calls its 100 per cent electrical line-up. It has lengthy been identified that Lotus is engaged on an electrical sportscar as extra inexpensive foil to the Evija halo mannequin, suggesting synergies with an Alpine model are probably.
Alpine just isn’t stopping at sportscars. Its “electrical dream storage” additionally features a 100 per cent electrical B-segment sizzling hatch based mostly on the new CMF-B EV platform developed with Nissan. There may also be an electrical Alpine SUV: a efficiency sports activities crossover based mostly on a bigger model of the identical EV platform.
“We’ll be on the tracks and on the roads, genuine and high-tech, disruptive and passionate,” says new Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi.
“We’re placing F1 on the coronary heart of our enterprise, leveraging our in-house experience and best-in-class companions resembling Lotus to inject our vehicles with modern efficiency, know-how and motorisation. This collaboration together with our transformation mark the start of a brand new period during which we’ll be taking the Alpine identify and line-up to the longer term.”