Alpine And Lotus Terminate Their Collaboration On A Future Electric Sports Car Project
May 23, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
There are supposedly no longer any plans for a jointly produced electric sports car between European niche automakers Alpine and Lotus. According to Automotive News Europe, the partnership ended amicably, though no explicit justification for the choice was given.
However, There Might Be Some Cooperation In Other Areas
In 2021, the partnership was declared. Alpine’s parent firm, Renault Group, announced at the time that Alpine will transform into a performance brand that only sold electric vehicles.
The idea was to have everything ready by the middle of the decade, with both brands sharing a next-generation electric sports car that was co-developed with Lotus. According to Lotus, who was quoted by Automotive News Europe, the business simply opted not to move further with the idea, while future collaboration is still conceivable.
It’s important to note that the report singles out the proposed sports vehicle project in particular. Future electric vehicle plans for Alpine include larger SUVs that might be built on Lotus platforms.
By “future electric ambitions,” we mean cars from Renault’s lineup that aren’t more imminent EVs, such a fast hatchback based on the new Renault 5 and a crossover called the GT X-Over.
Naturally, Lotus debuted the Eletre last year, the company’s first SUV, which was thought to serve as the framework for Alpine’s more substantial offerings. Initially, Alpine was going to release these SUVs later in the decade.
With its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the current generation A110 is still very much in existence. The A110 R, the most recent model of the tiny sports car that made its debut in October 2022, is powered by a mid-mount engine that produces 300 horsepower.
It accelerates from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than four seconds while remaining a road-legal vehicle thanks to track-focused suspension and a hearty dose of carbon fiber. Road-legal, at least, in Europe.
Despite the fact that the current A110 won’t be available for purchase in North America until at least 2026, Renault is at least looking at other export possibilities.
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