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Alpine A110 with almost 500 hp to deal with Pikes Peak

Extra proof is mounting that French efficiency marque Alpine could also be critical about gaining a foothold within the U.S.

The most recent is Alpine’s announcement on Tuesday that it’ll enter the 2023 Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb, with a specifically ready model of its A110 sports activities automobile.

The A110 is Alpine’s sole mannequin at current, and confirmed by the automaker as its final to characteristic an internal-combustion engine. Energy within the A110 usually faucets out at 296 hp however the A110 Pikes Peak racer delivers almost 500 hp from a tuned model of the sports activities automobile’s mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbo-4. One of many key modifications is a roof scoop designed to drive extra air into the engine.

There’s additionally the novel physique work designed to generate downforce within the skinny air the A110 Pikes Peak will expertise because it approaches the end line at 14,115 toes above sea degree. Alpine mentioned vital weight-saving modifications have been additionally employed to cut back the automobile’s weight to 2,094 kilos.

2023 Alpine A110 Pikes Peak

2023 Alpine A110 Pikes Peak

Alpine mentioned it’s working with French racing workforce Signatech, its present associate in endurance racing, on the Pikes Peak program. The automaker has additionally confirmed Raphaël Astier as the driving force that may pilot the automobile. He’s a profitable racing driver with wins within the 2022 FIA R-GT Cup, achieved with Alpine’s A110 Rally. He is additionally beforehand tried Pikes Peak on 4 events.

Testing of the A110 Pikes Peak is presently underway at places within the south of France. This yr’s Pikes Peak race is scheduled for June 25.

Racing at Pikes Peak, along with continued participation in Method 1, will additional assist construct consciousness of Alpine within the U.S. Whereas the automaker hasn’t confirmed plans to enter this market, its CEO in January mentioned U.S. gross sales is a key objective for the model. Studies then adopted in February that Alpine could associate with dealership group AutoNation to promote automobiles within the U.S.

All future fashions from Alpine shall be electrical. The primary of those new Alpines shall be a scorching hatch dubbed the A290. It is going to be previewed subsequent week forward of its market debut in 2024.

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