A new concept car, previewing the first new Alpine road car since the A610 went out of production in 1995.
Alpine pulled the covers off its new Celebration concept car, a two-seater coupe, in front of the 250,000-strong crowd at Le Mans last weekend. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of French sports car manufacturer Alpine, so along with entering a car in the 24-hour race, the company gave us a glimpse of the Alpine A110-inspired concept.
So far Renault has not released any mechanical information, but it has confirmed that it will feature a mid-engined layout, not adopting a Porsche 911-style rear-engined layout used by older Alpine models. The show car bares the traditional arrowed ‘A’ logo of Alpine as well as a celebratory number 60.
Its taped up lights provide a classic Le Mans feel while its sleek design from its new spoiler to its rear air intakes and mirrors show how far Alpine has come in 60 years. These new touches of technology are beautifully highlighted with subtle carbon detailing creating a futuristic looking yet heritage-focused machine (this is further expanded upon by its deep blue colour scheme), which we look forward to seeing more of in the future.
This new concept only goes to bolster the recent interest in classic Alpine models, which is only set to increase further as the company ramps up its brand-buiding events and concept cars prior to the car's launch. It’s set to make its next appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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Words: Rhys Barnwell/Matthew Hayward