It’s decided, Alpine’s future will be 100% electric. It is one of the shocking announcements of Luca de Meo during the presentation of the big plan “Renaulution”. The Dieppe brand returned to the forefront with its new A110 berlinetta in 2017, and will bring together all of the Renault group’s sports divisions in the future.
This new entity will now include the current Alpine team, but also the Renault Sport Cars department (until then responsible for Renault RSs such as the Clio or the Mégane, but also for creations such as the Clio V6 or the Renault Spider), and the Formula 1 team which will bear its name from this year.
On the strength of this rally, Alpine is aiming for profitability from 2025, including the investments made in motorsport. To achieve this ambitious goal, the brand will go 100% electric and launch three new models.
A compact, an SUV, and a sports car developed with Lotus
First, there will be a sporty compact, based on the CMF-B platform (that of the Clio and Captur). Then comes an electric SUV, based on the CMF-EV platform (that of the future Megane eVision). Finally, the replacement for the current A110 will be developed in partnership with Lotus, which is launching the electric supercar Evija.
This association with Lotus should reassure those who feared that the appearance of electric at Alpine would result in the disappearance of its flagship sports car, or by a change of identity incompatible with its values of contained weight and agility. The A110 was also originally planned as a partnership with the Caterham brand, before the collaboration fell through. For their part, the SUV and the compact will help finance the brand’s more passionate operations, including its commitment to Formula 1.
What de la F1?
A commitment to F1 which, moreover, is the subject of a little headache for the new brand: how to make a 100% electric image compatible with a discipline that is only hybrid? The solution is to say the least creative: the engines of the single-seater will be badged “Renault E-Tech”, and not Alpine. Laurent Rossi, new director of Alpine, and Antony Villain, its design director, took the opportunity to unveil a preview of the livery of the future French F1. A matt black is completed on the back with a tricolor and a large Alpine logo. It’s a safe bet that this livery is only temporary, as Renault often does at the start of the season.
Find everything about the Renaulution plan announcements here.
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