The Alpine A110 trackside cars make their debut during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola this weekend. The Alpine A110 trackside cars will be used by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon as their daily commuters on European Grands Prix.
From the bonnet, through the roof to the rear of the car, and like the A521, the Alpine A110 trackside cars feature Alpine’s historic racing colours: blue, white and red, synonymous with Alpine’s racing heritage and the colours of the French and British flags.
The A110 trackside cars are based on the A110S, the most potent version of the A110. With a power output of 292PS and a weight of 1114kgs, it features an impressive power to weight ratio of 262PS/Tonne (3,8kg/PS).
“When the A521 was presented, it was a true joy to see the Alpine name on a Formula One car and it is just the same feeling today to see the Alpine F1 Team name on an A110”, said Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO.
Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Executive Director Marcin Budkowski share their thoughts ahead of the second race of the season.
Imola is a classic racetrack. Returning there last season was nice as it feels so historic and old school with its deep racing roots. It’s a circuit I enjoy racing at. I won the 2014 European Formula 3 Championship there with a win and a podium, which was very special. Italy is also close to me having lived there for many years and I always look forward to racing there whether it’s in Monza, Mugello or Imola!
I do like the Imola racetrack and I was glad to see it return to Formula 1 last year. It threw up an exciting race in 2020 and I think some of the changes to the circuit since I raced here over ten years ago has improved the racing. It’s also different to be in Europe so early in the season, we usually arrive a little later in the year when the continent is going through its summertime. I have some good memories here particularly in 2005 when we won the race and later took the championship that year.
We left Bahrain feeling disappointed by not scoring points. The Bahrain race weekend confirmed some of the weaknesses of our package, which we’re working hard to improve and gain the few tenths of a second that we are currently missing to fight at the front of the midfield. We have an aerodynamic upgrade package coming to the car for this Grand Prix. In addition, we have some test items to assess during Friday practice, which will help define further upgrades planned over the next few races.
Founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, the brand has set itself apart with its French-style sports cars. In 2018, the brand presents the new A110, a sports car faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of compactness, lightness, agility and driving pleasure. In 2021, Alpine Cars, Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing join forces under the Alpine flagship. It thus becomes the brand dedicated to innovative, authentic, exclusive sportscars of Groupe Renault, benefiting from the heritage and craftsmanship of its historic plant in Dieppe, as well as the engineering mastery from the Formula One and Renault Sport teams.