Discover the incredible electric Alpine A110 in pictures at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix!

News hardware Discover the incredible electric Alpine A110 in pictures at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix!

Long in the rumor stage, the electric Alpine A110 E-ternity is finally here. The Formula 1 French Grand Prix is ​​the perfect opportunity for the compact electric sports car to be introduced to the public.

At least as good as the A110 thermal

It’s hard to believe that this project was born only 1 year ago. However, in such a short time, Alpine engineers have managed to do wonders. Especially since the challenge set for the teams was to “electrify the A110 by matching the performance, balance and agility of the thermal version, while relying on the strengths, experience and technologies of the group”.

According to early reports, Alpine seems to have succeeded in the challenge. Making an electric car without compromising its agility is a true impossible challenge. The weight and distribution of the batteries plays a very important role. The Renault brand has decided to use the batteries of the Megane E-Tech. There are four modules in the front and eight in the back. The engine is also in the rear position. So it’s always a roll.

The extra weight due to the batteries is reasonable. With “only” an addition of 258 kg to the thermal model.

Innovative and emblematic alpine components

To save engine power and battery, Alpine decided to go with a two-speed gearbox. This is also the case with the Porsche Taycan, for example. The automaker had to design its own gearbox in-house, as there was nothing within Groupe Renault to meet the challenge.

The gearbox must be light above all and above all not cause a break in torque when changing gear. Efficiency and size are also critical factors. To achieve this, Alpine has designed a dual clutch transmission (DCT), which eliminates the loss of torque when changing gears.

Discover the incredible electric Alpine A110 in pictures at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix!

The fusion of the A110 thermal and the A110 E-ternity was also a big challenge. The grafting of components designed 10 years ago into such a car has allowed the original driving to be preserved. We even find as an advantage a modality of “advancement”, which can be translated as “advancement”. A computer is responsible for generating the symbiosis between the old and the new world.

An interior that reflects the exterior

If having a nice car from the outside is good, we spend more time inside. Alpine wanted to do everything possible to make driving as enjoyable as possible. This is how the Alpine A110 is granted the luxury of a sunroof for the first time. The manufacturer assures that this does not change the rigidity of the car in any way. On the other hand, even if it is designed in carbon fiber, you can imagine that this increases the weight of the car. Especially in the distribution of loads, having a mass in height multiplies the imbalance in driving in turns.

Discover the incredible electric Alpine A110 in pictures at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix!

Infotainment level, Alpine pleases us. There are 8 speakers distributed in the small two-seater cabin. The multimedia system is managed by Google, probably like in the Megane E-Tech. Great news, given that the American company is much better at making software than car manufacturers.

Discover the incredible electric Alpine A110 in pictures at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix!

Finally, we find the aspect of “sustainable materials” in the design. If often it’s just marketing, but Alpine seems to have got it right. For example, we find flax fiber for certain key parts: the roof, the hood, the grille, the rear window, the seat shell, the rear apron, etc. This linen fiber is manufactured by Terre de Lin, in Normandy. Alpine adds that carbon fiber production molds are also compatible with flax fiber. This natural material is lighter and absorbs vibrations better than carbon fiber. It’s probably the future, including Formula 1. As a bonus, it’s made in France!

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