Renault’s Alpine division may be small, but it’s one of the most recognizable sports car manufacturers in the world. It was originally founded in June 1955 as a small company of its own, although it has always maintained close relations with Renault. Alpine’s most famous car is the A110, which was first produced between 1963 and 1977, and also became a successful rally car. Alpine merged with Renault in 1976 and a few years ago they decided to bring back the iconic A110.
In 2017, the new A110 was first launched, and it was a modern recreation of the legendary classic from the ’60s and ’70s, with modern styling touches. In recent years, Alpine has produced a variety of special editions of the car. And the latest has now hit the roads. It’s the Alpine A110 Tour De Corse 75 Rally Icon, inspired by the A110 that competed in the 1975 Tour de Corse. With its iconic design and sporty cockpit, this special car pays homage to one of the most important cars in A110 history. .
What reminds the A110 Tour de Corse
The Tour de Corse is one of the most famous rallies in the world. The event initially opened in 1956 and soon became a highlight of the rally calendar. In 1967 the event became part of the French Rally Championship and then just six years later the event went a step further to become France’s premier round of the World Rally Championship. And in 1975, the event proved just how brutal it was after some 77 crews signed up to take part in the incredible rally.
The 1975 event was a real car killer. Of the 77 cars that entered the event, only 22 ultimately finished the event. And of those 22 there was a yellow Alpine A110 and a Lancia Stratos. These two cars battled it out for the win, and going into the final time sector the Alpine was between 5 and 30 seconds behind. Both cars set identical times on that final stage, with the A110, in its impressive livery, losing to the Lancia by just 32 seconds. It would have been an epic win for the plucky little French coupe.
The specialty of the A110 Tour de Corse Edition
This new Alpine variant is all about remembering that special car. The Alpine has the same yellow body color as the 1975 car, with a deep black on the car’s hood and roof. White graphics are also evident throughout the car, which is another design cue from the original 1975 car. And the color scheme comes across as another that works wonders on the new A110. The livery, of course, lacks the sponsors and large car numbers that the 1975 A110 had, but that’s what you’d expect.
This Alpine special edition is actually based on the A110 S version of the car. Under the hood is a 300hp 1.8-litre turbo engine, and the A110 S is, of course, top of the range when it comes to the various A110 variants. If you want to get your hands on one of these, you’ll have to be quick. Only 150 examples of this car are on the way, and ultimately small numbers will be allocated to countries, with the UK set to take delivery of just five of these wonderful cars.
The Special A110 features a very sporty interior
Alpine hasn’t just gone to town on the exterior of the car, either. The French company has also worked hard to make the interior special. The Sabelt Racing bucket seats inside are now embroidered with Tour de Corse 75, and there is an option for the harnesses to go with the seats if the owner wishes. The yellow of the exterior is also replicated around the doors, with the black and white graphics also forming part of the interior of the doors. Some of the other details on the exterior include the Tour de Corse 75 signature on the left front fender, with a motif on the doors and white trim on the hood. And the number 7 from the original car is subtly stamped on the back.
Remembering a truly special alpine
In some ways, this is a very important tribute to Alpine. The little A110 probably shouldn’t have competed in the 1975 Tour de Corse against the Stratos, one of the most fearsome rally cars of its day. But surprisingly, the little machine from France took on the challenge with gusto, surviving one of the toughest rally events of all time and came within a whisker of a famous victory. And Alpine has produced one of the coolest special editions of the A110 to date.