Renault and Caterham announce alliance...
In a move predicted by many, Renault and Caterham have announced today that they are going into a partnership to produce two Alpine branded sports cars, starting immediately and to be known as Alpine Caterham.
The Alpine factory in Dieppe will build the cars, as it currently builds the outgoing Renaultsport Clio 200 and a new engineering department has been created in Renault consisting of Caterham, Renaultsport and Renault staff.
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "This innovative partnership with Caterham embodies a longstanding ambition: the creation of a sports car with the Alpine DNA. It carries both opportunities for the Dieppe plant and the development of its historic expertise."
Caterham and Renault have been working together already as part of their Formula 1 link and the official statement announcing the deal says it will allow the two firms to "combine their skills to build models in large and small volume, in order to widen their positioning on the sports vehicle market".
The first car from Alpine Caterham is going to be an alloy chassis two seat sports car, likely to feature Renault’s latest 1.6 litre turbo 200 bhp engine from the new Clio 200, mid mounted and tuned to around 280 bhp driving the rear wheels. Inspiration for the new car is the 1960s Alpine 110 which bodes well for enthusiasts as the car was low, light and had success at the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans 24hr.
Pricing is set to be around £35,000.
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