06/07/2015

Alpine celebration breaks cover

June’s world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours and Goodwood Festival of Speed events provided ideal settings for Renault’s evocative, sporty Alpine brand to give its Celebration concept car very high profile public debuts in both France and Great Britain.
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In front of some 300,000 fans at Le Mans – as well hundreds of automotive and motor sport media – the Celebration completed a tour of the endurance race’s 8.5 mile circuit alongside one of Alpine’s most legendary models, the A110.

Another run in front of 200,000 more people at Goodwood followed and the Celebration’s appearance has clearly had the media’s mouths watering, with both Autocar and Auto Express magazines in the UK being quick to give their initial reactions.

While unable to pinpoint certain features – details of the Celebration’s engine remain a secret, for example – both influential titles have immediately drawn attention to how its front-end design is in keeping with classic Alpines dating back six decades. The distinctive pinched bonnet, high-up headlights and, of course, a famous blue and orange livery are not lost, nor the credibility of the Alpine name.

Autocar’s Jim Holder also suggests: “The world may not need another £50,000 sports car, but that doesn’t stop us wanting one, especially when it is developed by a company with the experience and performance know-how of Renaultsport and its associated cohorts.”

He has a point…