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Offline Jeremy RUK  
#1 Posted : 20 June 2016 19:22:53(UTC)
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Renault presence:

• From the world’s first Grand Prix winner to Land Speed Record Breakers and 21st Century World Championship–Winning Formula 1 Cars
• Global debut for the exciting new Twingo GT
• UK debut for the Renault Sport Clio R.S.16 concept
• UK debut for the Renault Mégane GT 205 Sport Tourer
• Renault drivers include:
o Jolyon Palmer
o Stéphane Richelmi
o René Arnoux
o Michel Leclere
o Jean Ragnotti
• Extensive Renault presence, from the hill to the paddock to First Glance and the brand’s own stand opposite Goodwood House

Renault will feature an impressively extensive display of racing cars, land speed record cars and production models at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as having three models making their global and UK debuts.

Plenty of drama will be provided by the Renaults attacking the famous Goodwood hill, from the magnificent Type AK to the Nervasport land speed record car, the slinkily rapid R.S. 01 currently contesting circuits around Europe and small phalanx of some of the Formula 1 world’s most important racers.
The story of Renault’s bold bid to change Formula 1 technology is told with a succession of increasingly successful turbocharged cars, these a welcome reminder of the marque’s glittering pedigree in the year of its return as a Formula 1 constructor.

Many will be at least as thrilled by the new Clio R.S.16 concept car, a 275hp hot hatch built by Renault Sport as a potential hint of excitement to come.

Other road cars include the cheekily appealing Twingo GT, which makes its global debut at Goodwood, while the elegantly dynamic Renault Mégane Sport Tourer and the distinctly sculptural new Scenic make their UK debuts on Renault’s impressive stand.

1906 Renault Type AK
This spectacular machine is the world’s first Grand Prix-winning car. Not that this was a Grand Prix as we know it today. Staged at Le Mans, 110 years to the day of this year’s Festival of Speed, the 64-mile route largely consisted of tarmac roads, the 32 competitors starting at 90-second intervals to drive six times a day over two days. The total race distance was 769 miles.
Renault entered three Type AK vehicles, their 13-litre 90hp engines capable of 93mph, a velocity probably as terrifying as it was impressive 110 years ago.
AK number 3A was driven by Ferenc Szisz, whose first day victory left only 17 cars capable of beginning the second. Szisz lead all the way, winning the competition in 12 hours 14 minutes – 32 minutes ahead of the next driver. It will run up the hill throughout the weekend.

1925 Renault 40 CV Montlhéry
In the 1920’s, any self-respecting car manufacturer was involved in the dash for records, a fashion encouraged by the construction of speed circuits. In France the Montlhéry circuit, built in 1924, became the scene of several races against the clock. Renault was a major player, competing with the 40CV that was the pinnacle of its range, this huge and hugely impressive machine propelled by an enormous 9.1-litre engine.
In 1926, Plessier and Gartfield, the engineers responsible for the operation, launched a very streamlined 40 CV with a single-seater body and the radiator placed behind the engine. The car clocked averages of 190.013kph for the 50 miles and 173.649kph for 24 hours. On the way the 40 CV broke several other records, including 1,000, 2,000 miles, and 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 kilometers. The car running up the hill is an exact replica of the record-breaker, built in the 1970s.

1934 Renault Nervasport Land Speed Record Car
An exciting offshoot of Renault’s luxurious Nervastella saloon, the Nervasport emphasised performance and notched up a string of endurance records. It was propelled by Renault's second-generation 8-cylinder in-line engine, whose design was influenced by aviation engineering developments.
With this engine the Nerva series would achieve a distinguished motorsport record across both Europe and Africa. The Nervasport achieved its most spectacular performance at the Montlhéry race circuit in April 1934. A striking Marcel Riffard-designed single-seater version with enclosed bodywork won a clutch of endurance records. The target record was 6,300 kilometres in two days at an average speed of over 132kph (82mph). On 5 April, after 48 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds of driving, the Nervasport crossed the finishing line having broken nine international records and three world records, including: 8,037 km in 48 hours, at an average of 167.445kph (104.068mph). It will run throughout the weekend.

1956 Etoile Filante
‘Etoile Filante’ is both a romantic and entirely appropriate name for this record breaking shooting star that will also run throughout the weekend. It was inspired by turbine expert and founder of Turboméca Joseph Szidlowski, who was keen to widen public understanding of the technology, which came from the aviation world. He persuaded Renault’s first post-war chairman Pierre Lefaucheux to trigger the development of an experimental turbine car, the project lead by director of study and research Fernand Picard, engine specialist Albert Lory and Jean Hébert, an engineer who would also drive this record chaser.
Based around a 270hp turbine engine, the Renault featured a tubular, polyester-clad body whose shapely contours were the result of two years of wind-tunnel testing. On September 5 1956 the Etoile Filante whistled across the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States, breaking the world land speed record at 306.9kph over a kilometre, and 308.85kph over five kilometres.

1976 Renault F1 A500
Renault’s first steps towards Formula 1 were wisely tentative, and began with development work on a competition engine based on executive class Renault 30 V6. The result was the V6 Renault-Elf-Gordini, which excelled in road and Formula 2 track events. Suitably encouraged, a Formula 1 engine was investigated. The regulations of the time offered two choices: 3 litres with normal aspiration or 1.5 litres with turbocharger. Renault’s existing turbocharging experience lead it to choose the 1.5 litre turbo solution, development engines soon approaching a spectacular 500bhp. Initially fitted in an Alpine-Renault prototype, the engine later powered a single-seater tested by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in March 1976. This car was presented to the press in April, as the experimental A500. Three months later Renault’s new boss Bernard Hanon gave the go-ahead for a Renault racing squad, marking the start of a long and triumphant era in the company’s history.

1977 Renault F1 RS 01
At the start of the 1970s, Renault Gordini, with the financial help of oil group Elf, launched a high-performance engine research programme and developed a V6 Turbo. At first it was to be used in the Renault-Alpine prototypes then in Renault Formula 1. After the victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 with the Renault-Alpine A442 B, the Renault Sport team dedicated itself entirely to Formula 1. In 1977 it used, with an in-house RS 01 chassis, a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine half the size of the normally aspirated engines. Over the weekend, this remarkable historic F1 car will be demonstrating its performance again.

1979 Renault F1 RS 10
This was the first turbocharged car to win a Formula 1 race. Victory came two years after Renault’s first turbocharged foray into F1, at the 1977 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. While all the other cars on the grid ran 3.0 litre normally aspirated engines, the Renault used a blown 1.5 litre which was lighter but harder to control and less dependable. It took two years for the Renault Sport engineers to overcome these issues, but their commitment was rewarded in July 1979 at the French Grand Prix in Dijon-Prenois, with victory for Jean-Pierre Jabouille. René Arnoux, finished third in the RS 12 chassis. Renault’s first victory in F1 was also the first win for a single-seater with a turbo engine. Rival teams reacted quickly, turbos soon dominating the grid. Renault had made the right choice.
Four RS 10 type chassis were developed (RS 10, RS 11, RS 12, RS 14), the example here an RS 14.

1981 Renault F1 RE 27B
The Renault Formula 1 RE 27B was an intermediate model between the RE 20 and the RE 30 driven by René Arnoux. At the wheel of the RE 27B, René Arnoux finished fifth in the Grand Prix of Argentina. The car was fitted with fixed skirting, a turbocharged Elf engine producing 520hp at 10,500rpm.
1982 Renault F1 RE 30
Having fired the gun on turbo boosted Formula 1 cars, Renault now faced competition from similarly-equipped rivals. It was the RE 30 that would do battle with them. By 1980, five years after its first turbo F1 car competed, Renault had scored three victories with the RE 20, and the following year the first rival turbo F1 car appeared in the shape of a Ferrari. The RE 30 that the Ferrari battled proved extremely fast, claiming six pole positions that season with Rene Arnoux and Renault newcomer Alain Prost. During 1982 the RE 30B would claim ten pole positions and four race victories, in South Africa, Brazil, France and Italy. Meanwhile Renault’s bold technological lead was followed not only by Ferrari but Toleman-Hart and Brabham-BMW.

1983 Renault F1 RE 40
The RE 40 was the Renault Formula 1 car to use a carbon fibre tub, this immensely strong, lightweight material and a sizeable set of wings intended to counter the banning of ground-effect aerodynamics for the 1983 season. The RE 40’s cause was further aided by Renault’s now long-running 1.5 litre turbo engine, which was by now using twin turbochargers and water injection to achieve a spectacular 880hp. Renault had by now become an engine supplier as a provider to Lotus.
Alain Prost was runner-up in the 1983 World Championship in an RE 40, scoring four wins from 14 races, three pole positions and three fastest laps. He missed the championship by only two points, the winner later found to be using an illegal fuel. However, Renault chose not to contest the result. The still-searing performance of this beautiful car can be witnessed over the Festival weekend.

2005 Renault F1 R25 World Champion Car
By 2005, Renault’s Formula 1 expertise had developed to the point that could realistically mount an attempt on winning the world championship. It invested immense effort in this goal with drivers Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella.
Its new car featured highly effective aerodynamics, an innovative front suspension system and a 3.5 litre 800bhp V10 engine capable of running for two successive races without needing replacement.
Despite facing huge pressure from Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes’s Kimi Raïkkonen and Juan-Pablo Montoya, Alonso finished as World Champion with seven wins, eight podium finishes and six pole positions. Renault won the constructors championship with eight wins and 10 podium finishes, making this the first time ever that a volume car-maker had won both Formula 1 championships.

2006 Renault F1 R26 World Champion Car
In 2006, Renault’s goal was to replicate its double-championship success, with the additional challenge of adapting to Formula 1’s new V8 engine regulations.
Renault F1 entered V8 R26s for defending champion Fernando Alonso and team mate, Giancarlo Fisichella.
The team had a superb start to the season, Alonso snaring six wins, three runner-up finishes and five pole positions from the opening nine races, whilst Fisichella scored one victory, one pole and one third place.
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari responded to make the duel for the title a tense one, but by adding another win and four second places to his tally, Alonso successfully made it back-to-back Drivers’ world championship titles, Renault achieving the same in the Constructors’ chase. Fisichella, meanwhile, secured fourth position in the Drivers’ standings. It was a magnificent pair of doubles for the Renault team, which had become the most potent force on the Formula 1 grid.

2016 Renault R.S.16 Formula 1 Car
In 2016, Renault created a new entity, Renault Sport Racing, consolidating all Renault’s motorsport activities. At the summit of the motorsport activities is the Renault Sport Formula One Team. The name underlines Renault’s plans to increase awareness of the Renault Sport brand and the links it intends to further explore between track and road. 2016’s Renault F1 car is the R.S.16 chassis developed and manufactured in the former Renault F1 Team base at Enstone, powered by the R.E.16 power unit developed at Renault Sport Racing’s facility in Viry-Châtillon. Briton, Jolyon Palmer competes in the season this year alongside Kevin Magnussen. Jolyon will be driving the R.S.16 up the famous hill.

2016 Renault-e.dams Formula E Car
Renault has been directly involved in the new Formula E championship since its launch in 2014. It was appointed Technical Partner to the inaugural championship season, contributing massively to the architecture and electric integration of the first generation Spark-Renault SRT01E single seaters and going on to win the constructor’s prize in the first 2014/2015 season with Renault-e.dams.
Renault redoubled its commitment in the second season of competition by building a second generation engine/gearbox assembly and developing cutting-edge technologies that will both directly and indirectly benefit the production vehicles in the Z.E. range. The latest Renault-e.dams Formula E car will be (almost) silently running up the hill over the weekend.

2015 Renault Sport R.S.01
If you want dramatic confirmation of Renault’s commitment to motorsport, look no further than the Renault Sport R.S.01, a race car of spectacular styling and exceptional performance. The R.S.01 is the star of the Trophy championship, which provides drivers with a springboard for professional GT and Endurance championships. Its design has been driven both by the need to generate plenty of downforce, and the inspiration of concept cars, most notably the 2010 Renault DeZir, and the land speed record-breaking Etoile Filante.
Powered by a 3.8 litre twin turbo V6 producing 550hp, key features of the R.S.01 include a carbon fibre tub that contributes substantially to its low weight of 1150kg, pushrod-actuated suspension, carbon fibre brake discs clamped by six-pot calipers and 18in centre-lock alloy wheels. The result is a racing car that’s not only dramatic and hugely fast, as will be demonstrated during the weekend, but beautiful too, making it the perfect flag-bearer for Renault’s 116-year old motorsport track record.

1985 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
By the mid 1970s the sun had finally set on the Alpine A110’s glittering rally career, Renault’s rival Lancia dominating the scene with its mid-engined Stratos. Renault’s surprising answer to this Ferrari-powered supercar was an urban supermini, its hugely successful 5 chosen as the unlikely basis for a small, light and ferociously fast new mid-engined weapon. The idea was to move its engine from the front to the middle of the car to improve its traction and handling. The result was a rather strange looking 5, its rear wings distended by swollen wheel arches, its rear seats sacrificed to a box housing a highly tuned, turbocharged 1.4 litre engine of 162bhp. The Rally Championship rules required that this weirdly appealing little car enter production, in the process creating one of Renault’s many legendary performance machines and a highly collectible car today. The Renault 5 Maxi Turbo scored its maiden win on the 1981 Monte Carlo rally, and remained a potent force until the all-wheel drive Group B cars arrived. The Maxi Turbo’s extraordinary proportions, and power, can be seen in action over the Festival weekend.

2016 Renault Clio R.S.16
The Clio R.S.16 concept car is the highest performance Renault Sport road-going model yet. Built to celebrate 40 years of Renault Sport and Renault’s return to Formula One as a constructor, the R.S. 16 was developed in record time.
“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials”, explains Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars and project leader. Using new techniques drawn from motorsport and road car design, the R.S.16 project took just five months to realise despite its complexity.
Housing the 275hp engine, six-speed manual transmission, suspension, brakes and cooling system of the bigger Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was a significant challenge, the Clio’s chassis, cooling system and exhaust suitably reworked. No small task was widening the Clio’s body by 60mm to accommodate 19-inch wheels on a wider track. This dramatic Clio is finished in Renault Sport’s trademark Liquid Yellow – combined with gloss black details, it mirrors the Renault Sport Team’s R.S.16 F1 single-seater livery.
British Renault Sport Academy driver, Oliver Rowland, will drive the Clio R.S.16 concept car up the hill over the weekend. The Renault Sport Academy is a key element of Renault’s strategy investing in the performance of young drivers, training them from an early stage of their careers to take them to the highest level of competition.

2017 Renault Twingo GT
Making its world debut at the 2016 Festival of Speed, the new Twingo GT mixes the inherent agility of Renault’s rear-wheel drive city car with Renault Sport’s development expertise to deliver even more driving pleasure. Its 898cc Energy TCe turbo engine now delivers 110hp and 170Nm torque thanks to a revised air intake system and modified engine mapping, revised gearing also contributing to the GT’s free-revving performance.
Complementing the extra go is a chassis featuring revised suspension, specific ESP calibration and variable-rate steering. The result is sharp handling and responsive steering feedback for precise cornering and outstanding road holding, providing Twingo GT drivers with notably affordable driving pleasure.
Easily identifiable by its lowered ride height, 17-inch wheels, lateral air intakes, twin exhausts and NACA aircraft duct style graphics, the GT’s sporty credentials and heritage are immediately obvious. The Twingo GT’s interior features Renault Sport-badged doorsills, aluminium pedals and an alloy gear lever knob. It will be available in the UK this winter.

2017 Renault Mégane GT 205 Sport Tourer
The Mégane Sport Tourer, which makes its first UK appearance at the Festival is both elegant, dynamic and effortlessly practical. Featuring an easily configured modular interior with a choice of boot arrangements, it also provides the segment’s longest maximum load length.
The Mégane Sport Tourer’s design blends dynamism and an elegance satisfyingly enhanced by the chrome trim outlining the side windows and C-pillar, while its low-set stance and wide track increase the feeling of security on the road.
This is underpinned by Renault’s unique-in-class 4Control four-wheel steering technology, which is specifically tailored to the Sport Tourer to endow it with precise, dynamic handling on twisty roads, and exceptional agility in built-up areas.

2017 All-New Renault Scenic
Renault invented the compact multi-purpose vehicle or MPV, and with this latest Scenic, which makes its UK debut at Goodwood, it has thoroughly revitalised the idea. This latest version is striking for its fresh proportions, svelte silhouette, a two-tone paint option and a number of ingenious features. Among these are the standard fitment of visually appealing 20-inch diameter wheels and underfloor storage compartments, as found on the original Scenic.
A slightly higher ride height, a shorter rear overhand, a rising, subtly muscular waistline and a wider track all contribute to a design that’s considerably more shapely than most vehicles of this kind. A three-piece wraparound windscreen provides a particularly panoramic view ahead, the feeling of airiness further enhanced by an expansive, unobstructed, optional glass roof. This latest Scenic is preceded by three generations going back 20 years with their combined sales closing of five million.
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#2 Posted : 20 June 2016 19:25:43(UTC)
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And Alpine's presence:

ALPINE – THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS AT THE 2016 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

• Two show cars previewing the all-new Alpine sports car due to be unveiled at the end of this year
• Strong Alpine presence at the exclusive Cartier Style & Luxe display
• Three Alpines running up the hill, including the Alpine A460 competition car that won the LM P2 category at the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours
• Attended by Michael van der Sande (CEO, Alpine) and Antony Villain (Alpine Design Director)

Excitement will continue to build around the legendary French sports car brand Alpine at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with no less than two show cars previewing its imminent new road-going sports car.
The Alpine Vision and Alpine Celebration will showcase Alpine’s thinking for this exciting new sports car, the Celebration two-seater regularly running up the Goodwood hill.

Also performing some high speed climbs will be the very Alpine that won outright at the 1978 Le Mans 24 hour race, the victorious Alpine A442 B, alongside its 2016 contemporary – the Alpine A460 that won the LM P2 category at the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours.
Alpine will also enjoy an impressive presence at the Cartier Style & Luxe display on the lawns close to Goodwood House. Not only will the very first Alpine, known as ‘Le Marquis’, be present for inspection, but also the very latest in the alluring shape of the
2016 Alpine Vision show car.

There will be five more fascinating Alpines besides, including a Willys Interlagos, this the Brazilian-built version of the A108 that was the forerunner to the famous A110, as well as a rare A110 cabriolet and the 1977 Meyrignac concept car produced by a budding car designer as the ultimate Curriculum Vitae.
The legendary A110 will also be represented, with a 1964 example that was once the star of a French TV series, as well as the very last A110 ever made.
The presence of all these cars will underline Alpine’s fascinating and illustrious past in glamorously entertaining style, besides heightening the already considerable anticipation of the marque’s soon-to-be-revealedproduction sports car.
Hillclimb

1978 Alpine A442
This is the racecar that won Alpine outright victory in the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours, with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi. Its success was the culmination of five years of work, the A442 B evolving from the first normally-aspirated A440, the A441 and then the turbocharged 442. There were many wins in Sport World Championship events on the way, but plenty of heartache before Alpine’s ultimate goal was scored.
The A442 B was powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged V6 that enabled it to hit a staggering 223mph on the Mulsanne straight and set what was then the fastest-ever lap time recorded by an Alpine at La Sarthe. On the day of its victory Renault President and CEO Bernard Hanon, who had set Alpine’s Le Mans goal, announced that the team would withdraw from endurance racing to contest Formula One.

2015 Alpine Celebration
This compact, subtly curvaceous sports coupe is both a signal of intent, and an homage to the storied history of Alpine that lies behind it. Created in 2015 to celebrate 60 years of the Alpine sports car brand, this mid-rear engine two-seater is a strong hint at the all-new sports car that Alpine will go on sale in 2017.
The deep blue colour scheme is the same shade that adorns the Alpine prototypes that made a triumphant return to endurance racing in 2013, this livery also referencing earlier Alpines that played such a pivotal role in the brand’s earlier Le Mans adventures between 1963 and 1969.
Of these the A110 coupe is the most famous, and it’s this car whose sculptural ghost can be seen in the Alpine Celebration, from the slender nosed, gently domed and creased bonnet to the inset paneling in its flanks, the distinctively raked D-pillars and the curving wrap of its rear screen.
But the Alpine Celebration flaunts plenty of 21st century features too. Carbon detailing underlines the high-tech features of the car’s body, from its spoiler to the side sills, diffuser, rear air intakes and mirrors. But more than these details it’s the Alpine’s compact form and wide-track stance that are most potently suggestive of the kind of dartingly quick, agile performance that has made legends of these cars.

2016 Alpine A460 LM P2
Alpine sports racing cars have had glittering histories on the racetrack, most notably as outright winners of the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1978 with the Renault Alpine A442 B. The Alpine name was once again victorious in this world famous race, with the A460, winning its LM P2 category in June 2016.
The Signatech-Alpine team has already seen considerable success, winning the 2013 and 2014 European Le Mans Series with the 4.5 litre V8 A450b. The A460 shares the same 550hp engine and six-speed sequential gearbox, but differs in being constructed as a closed coupe rather than an open-roof car in the interests of enhanced driver safety and improved aerodynamic efficiency. It’s the first closed-cockpit Alpine since the A220 of 1969. The A460 also has a new FIA-approved chassis that complies with the 2017 regulations.
In addition to winning the LM P2 category at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, the A460 has so far scored top 10 placings in the first two races of the season and won the LM P2 category at the recent Spa-Francorchamps round with car N°36. The two cars in the Signatech-Alpine team are identified by national flags: French for the N°36 prototype, and Chinese for the N°35 prototype. The latter will be in the hands of Frenchman Nelson Panciatici – a cornerstone of the team since the programme’s early days in 2013 – and Chinese drivers David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung. The N°36 car – the number which claimed back-to-back ELMS crowns in 2013 and 2014, as well as a top-three finish in the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2014 – is shared by Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre, the USA’s Gustavo Menezes and Monegasque Stéphane Richelmi.
Cartier Style & Luxe

1954 Le Marquis
The Alpine marque was born out of one man’s obsession with making his Renault 4CV go faster. The 4CV was a small, rounded, rear-engined and popular machine of quite some charm, and Jean Rédélé reckoned his might go faster still if it wore a lighter and more aerodynamic body.
He turned to the young and hugely talented Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti to help realise his dream, the idea being to have coachbuilders Allemano make the one-off bodywork in aluminium. The 4CV Spécial Sport turned out to be a major giant-killer in the 1953 Dieppe rally.
At much the same Rédélé had become interested in glassfibre technology, had grown keener to become a car manufacturer in his own right and had heard about a wealthy American industrialist by the name of Zark W. Reed. Reed wanted to build plastic-bodied sportscar to sell in the US against MG and Triumph. The two met, and Jean Rédélé devised a plan for Reed’s Plasticar company to build a glassfibre-bodied based on the original version of the Michelotti car called the Marquis. The project ultimately came to nothing, but provided inspiration for the A106, and two “Rédélé Speciales” versions ordered from Italian coachbuilder Allemano.
The car on display at Goodwood is Jean Rédélé’s own 4CV, as rebodied by Allemano to Michelotti’s design. After spending nearly 60 years in the USA as a consequence of the deal with Reed, this flame that lit the Alpine fire was repatriated to France by Jean-Charles Rédélé, the son of Jean.

1954 Alpine A108 Interlagos
Jean Rédélé was not only a successful engine tuner and racing driver, but also a Renault dealer (at only 24, in Dieppe) and a Renault-sponsored business school graduate. As a consequence, his desire to become a small-scale producer of Renault-based sports cars was underpinned with considerable business acumen.
Rédélé quickly appreciated the potential of having a car brand, and planned to develop one based on some key principles. His cars would be innovative, equipped with simple but competitive mechanicals beneath a lightweight, attractive body, whilst using the greatest number of mass-produced parts possible in order to ensure reliability and maintenance costs relative to the car’s performance.
His second aim was to boost his company’s French activities by offering international licences for overseas manufacture. Realising that his cars were relatively straightforward to assemble and that their Renault mechanicals made them reliable and easier to repair, he set about finding partners in markets where Renault was already present. Eventually Alpines would be assembled in Brazil, Spain and Mexico in some quantity, and in smaller numbers in Bulgaria.
Rédélé forged his first agreement with Willys Overland do Brasil, who already produced Dauphines under licence. The aim was to produce local versions of the Alpine A108, badged as the Willys Interlagos. Over an impressive 4-year run between 1962 and 1966, approximately 1,500 examples were produced.
This particular Willys Interlagos was bought in the early 2000s by a French Renault employee working in Brazil. When he returned to France the car came with him, but needed work that he was unable complete. Renault Classic bought it from him, and fully restored it for the Retromobile classic motor show in 2015.

1964 Alpine A110
Unveiled in 1962, A110 is Alpine’s most famous model, but it was essentially an update of the earlier A108. Both shared a similar steel backbone chassis to which a glassfibre body was attached, and both were mechanically derived from popular rear-engined family Renaults. In the A108’s case that was the Dauphine (1956-68), whereas the A110 was based on the later 1963 Renault 8. Technical gains from this updating included an engine with five main bearings rather than three, disc brakes all-round and a radiator repositioned to the rear to improve luggage space.
The Renault 8 engine necessitated a redesign of the rear bodywork to accommodate it, this restyle eliminating the air intakes in the car’s flanks and tidying what had been a fussily complicated moulding for the rear wheel arches. More slender rear pillars, a flatter engine lid and Renault 8 tail lamps produced a more mature and satisfying design that was even prettier than the A108.
That was one of many reasons for the A110s huge success. Around 7500 of these specialist sports cars were made during a 16-year career that saw examples manufactured in Spain, Mexico and Bulgaria as well as France, while its motorsport achievements included netting the World Rally Championship in 1973 and many other victories besides.
This 1964 Alpine A110 appeared in the 1967 TV series "The Adventures of Michel Vaillant", the star a rally driver who appears in 13 wonderfully nostalgic and cheesy episodes that can be found online. The car rolls during episode two and despite appearing to suffer little damage, was left unrepaired for decades. During the early 1990sJean Rédélé and his son Jean-Charles decide to restore the car, but being superstitious, Rédélé senior decided to paint the car in a beautiful metallic grey-blue rather retain its original green.

1965 Alpine A110 cabriolet
The 1962 Alpine A110 Berlinette coupe is by far the best-known version of this famous car, but a year later a 2+2 GT4 coupe and a cabriolet were also unveiled at the 1963 Paris motor show. Although in production for seven years to 1969, only around 30 A110 cabriolets were made – surprising, given how pretty the car is.
This particular example belongs to Alpine itself, and was left in a somewhat unloved state in a corner of the Dieppe plant for many years. Happily, in 2015 it was completely restored by the Classic division, allowing us to wonder once again why so few were sold.
1977 Alpine A110 Berlinette
Being a performance brand, it wasn’t long before Alpine was offering more powerful engines in the A110, especially as the car was showing strong motorsport potential.
The engine options evolved in loose synchronicity with the development of Renault’s own engine range. The early A110’s were available with a very modest 55bhp 956cc engine (later to sell by the hundreds of thousands in the Renault 5) but it wasn’t long before 66bhp and 95bhp 1108 engines were offered, the latter Gordini tuned. Even 95bhp may not sound much, but it was very effective indeed in a car weighing just 544kg.
By 1966, a 1300 cm3 was available with 105bhp and 120bhp, this coming from the 1255 cm3 of R8 Gordini, and in 1967 Alpine could make use of the 1470cc engine from the new Renault 16. When this engine was enlarged to a 1.6 litres, the 1600S A110 became a 130mph car.
Its highest output emerged in 1972, the Renault 16 TS engine producing 140hp. At this point the A110’s development was at its zenith, as was its motorsport success, the car winning Renault the World Rally Championship in 1973. Even at this point, 11 years after the model was launched, the A110 still had four years of life remaining.
The very last car of a run of 7,176 examples was a 93hp A110 SX. Finished in rare “Norman green”, it was equipped with Alfa Romeo taillights which were specified for some foreign countries (Germany, Switzerland, Italy), though not for France. But because supplies of the correct Renault 8 taillight had been exhausted, this French market car was fitted with them too.
It was delivered new to Jean-Pierre Limondin, an Alpine engineer who used it daily for two years before selling it - and without quite realizing how important this particular car would become. The new buyer fitted it with an 1800cc engine, as used in Group 4 rallying, this more powerful motor remaining with the car for 15 years.
In the early 2000s Limondin decided he would like to try and buy his former car back, together with its carefully preserved original engine, and began a series of long negotiations with its owner. Limondin succeeded three years later, and on 5 September 2009, the last A110 Berlinette was returned to its first owner complete with the original engine.

1977 Alpine A110 Meyrignac
If you’re a budding car designer, what better way to get noticed than to build your own full-size car? That’s what teenager Denis Meyrignac decided in 1969, and set about creating his own sports car. He build a 1/5 scale model of his design which he presented to Alpine boss Jean Rédélé, who was sufficiently impressed that he provided Meyrignac with the chassis and (1600S) mechanicals needed to turn the design into a real car.
There were many setbacks along the way, but Meyrignac’s car was finally displayed at the 1977 Geneva motor show. Apart from the fact that its creation was largely the work of one young man, the prototype startles with its one-piece lift-up canopy that incorporates the doors, roof and windscreen in a single assembly. The car is well received, but Meyrignac’s ambition is not so much about getting the car produced as getting himself hired as a car designer.
And his bold plan succeeds. Meyrignac is initially taken on as a freelance to work for the Renault Formula 1 team before being offered a job by the French Automotive Design Studio SERA. There he contributes to the development of no less than 35 vehicles.
In January this year, Renault Classic discovered that Denis Meyrignac still owned his long abandoned Alpine concept car, and offered to restore it for display at Goodwood as a testament to the passion for Alpine. It’s as dramatic a car today as it must have been in 1977, and all the more so when you consider that it is largely the work of one man, who started on it when he was a teenager.

2016 Alpine Vision
The Alpine Vision, as its name implies, is an exciting foretaste of the new road-going, two-seater sports car that the French sports car marque will unveil at the end of this year. Unveiled in Monaco in February, the Vision is a solid hint at how Alpine’s brand new sports car will look, besides previewing the car’s broad mechanical make-up. As with Alpines past, the powertrain will be mounted behind the passengers in a mid-ships position.
Both the Vision and the car that it previews have been conceived with a series of goals designed both to deliver a great drive, and to extend the dynamic character of Alpine into the 21st century. These include:
• The exhilaration and thrill of driving an Alpine
• The agility of a lightweight, elegant design that focuses firmly on the essentials
• The authenticity of a sports car that follows in a long line of illustrious Alpine models
Fundamental to all these characteristics is the car’s low weight, a key element of every road-going Alpine from the past, as well as a compact and potent engine. In the Vision’s case, this combination allows it to accelerate to 62mph in under 4.5 seconds, and we can expect similar performance from the production version.
The Vision also embodies the thinking behind the design of Alpine’s new sports car, its silhouette, proportions and visual character entirely contemporary but at the same time presenting sculptural echoes from the marque’s illustrious past. Those echoes can be found in the wraparound rear windscreen, the slender, quad-headlight nose and the curvaceous indentations along the Vision’s flanks, all of these referencing both the A108 and A110.
To be manufactured in Dieppe, France at the factory long associated with Alpine, the new sports car will go on sale in 2017, initially in Europe and subsequently across the rest of the world.
Offline roystinho  
#3 Posted : 20 June 2016 19:56:09(UTC)
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Can't make it again this year. Need to sort myself out and go, went for about 3 years on the bounce but not been for about 3 years or so now
Offline DazBav  
#4 Posted : 20 June 2016 21:31:43(UTC)
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I went to the moving motor show last year and it was very good.
Looks like Renault / Alpine have a lot of history on display.
Offline Rob Vox  
#5 Posted : 21 June 2016 08:24:19(UTC)
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Another comprehensive display list from Renault! Just hope the weather plays ball :)
Need to get organised and go back!
Offline Georgeski  
#6 Posted : 23 June 2016 17:50:15(UTC)
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Offline Georgeski  
#7 Posted : 23 June 2016 17:51:41(UTC)
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The Alpine it's a very good looking car, looked great on the Bonhams stand!
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#8 Posted : 23 June 2016 17:54:18(UTC)
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For those coming over the weekend to the Festival:

Renault main stand - this has the new Twingo GT, Clio RS 220 Trophy, new Megane GT205 Sport Tourer, Formula E and Formula One cars
Static Motor Show - this also has the new Twingo GT, Clio RS 220 Trophy, new Megane GT205
Cartier Style et Luxe - this has the Alpine Visiion showcar, plus all of the classic Alpines mentioned above
First Glance - Clio RS16 is here
F1 Paddock - this has all the classic Renault and F1 cars, plus the Alpine Celebration, the Alpine A442 and the Le Mans winning A460
Offline g7egt  
#9 Posted : 23 June 2016 18:24:34(UTC)
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Nice pic's George.
Offline MikeWDY  
#10 Posted : 23 June 2016 19:00:13(UTC)
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I'm not a fan of the new shape Clio RS for its looks but the RS16 does make me twitch a little.
Offline Marc_250  
#11 Posted : 23 June 2016 19:06:59(UTC)
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Just caught a bit of coverage on autosport think they said the Alpine will do 0-60 in sub 4.5 seconds.
Offline Georgeski  
#12 Posted : 23 June 2016 20:11:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marc_250 Go to Quoted Post
Just caught a bit of coverage on autosport think they said the Alpine will do 0-60 in sub 4.5 seconds.


It is a fantastic looking car. I wasn't keen when I saw the pictures of it initially, but having seen it in the metal my opinion has completely changed! Interior was very nice too.
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#13 Posted : 23 June 2016 21:57:05(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marc_250 Go to Quoted Post
Just caught a bit of coverage on autosport think they said the Alpine will do 0-60 in sub 4.5 seconds.


Yep, I've said that above

Offline Jeremy RUK  
#14 Posted : 23 June 2016 21:57:35(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MikeWDY Go to Quoted Post
I'm not a fan of the new shape Clio RS for its looks but the RS16 does make me twitch a little.


The wheel arches make a difference

Offline Jeremy RUK  
#15 Posted : 23 June 2016 21:59:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Georgeski Go to Quoted Post
The Alpine it's a very good looking car, looked great on the Bonhams stand!


Which one are you referring to? There's not a car of ours on the Bonham's stand

Offline Georgeski  
#16 Posted : 24 June 2016 07:07:25(UTC)
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The white Alpine in the picture above - I think it was on the Cartier stand/patch of grass on reflection (the area to the side of the house)
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#17 Posted : 24 June 2016 07:14:27(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Georgeski Go to Quoted Post
The white Alpine in the picture above - I think it was on the Cartier stand/patch of grass on reflection (the area to the side of the house)


That's the Cartier Style et Luxe area
Offline Georgeski  
#18 Posted : 24 June 2016 07:25:51(UTC)
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Sorry, echausted yesterday. It does look incredible, I thought it was the best looking car in an area comtaining some amazing cars, very tempted by it.
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#19 Posted : 24 June 2016 08:10:15(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Georgeski Go to Quoted Post
Sorry, echausted yesterday. It does look incredible, I thought it was the best looking car in an area comtaining some amazing cars, very tempted by it.


It's a lovely looking car

Offline FramerateUK  
#20 Posted : 24 June 2016 11:17:05(UTC)
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Saw the Alpine at Le Mans (both the race version and the white one shown above). Looked fantastic.
Offline DanF  
#21 Posted : 24 June 2016 20:36:33(UTC)
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Really wanted to go to this this year :(
Offline roystinho  
#22 Posted : 24 June 2016 22:52:03(UTC)
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Great pics George. Love that RS16
Offline Georgeski  
#23 Posted : 25 June 2016 06:40:28(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: roystinho Go to Quoted Post
Great pics George. Love that RS16


Thank, just taken with a phone camera.
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#24 Posted : 25 June 2016 06:47:53(UTC)
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Offline GrumpyTwig  
#25 Posted : 25 June 2016 15:12:21(UTC)
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