Following the reveal of the range-topping A110S road car, Alpine has now released the A110 Rally.
The name tells you almost everything you need to know about the new model: it’s a rear-wheel-drive rally car for privateer teams and drivers that targets FIA R-GT homologation.
The A110 Rally becomes the third competition version based on Alpine’s resurrected sports car after the A110 Cup and A110 GT4 track racers. Debuting officially during the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine (September 5-7 September), the A110 Rally has been developed by Alpine’s racing partner Signatech using the lightweight aluminum chassis of the Alpine A110 GT4 and Cup race cars.
Obviously, the car has received additional modifications to make it suitable for rallying including a three-way hydraulic suspension, new Brembo brakes, as well as safety elements specific to the sport such as an FIA homologated roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, and six-point harness system.
The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the A110 road car has also been adapted for use in rallying and now features a modified torque curve and an increased output to more than 300 horsepower. As with the A110 Cup, the engine is linked to a sequential six-speed gearbox (plus reverse gear) and a limited slip differential.
The A110 Rally also features a racing steering wheel with paddle shifters and integrated display, adjustable traction control system, and Bosch Motorsports ABS. The only options available are a data acquisition system and Alpine blue paint.
The Alpine A110 Rally has embarked on an intense development program with multiple two-wheel drive French Rally Champion Emmanuel Guigou and 2015 French Junior Champion Laurent Pellier putting it through its paces. The two drivers will do the majority of the developmental work to test reliability and basic settings. However, other drivers will add their contributions as well to make the Alpine A110 Rally as versatile as possible, easy to drive and affordable.
Mind you, not everyone will find it affordable as the base price will be €150,000 (approximately $165,600), before taxes. The Alpine A110 Rally will be available for purchase at the end of the year, subject to FIA R-GT homologation. The first cars will reach customers in early 2020.