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The new rally-inspired limited edition Alpine A110 Tour De Corse 75 is impressive

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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 in its own right, although it always had a close relationship with Renault. Alpine’s most famous car is the A110 which was first produced from 1963 to 1977, and it 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.


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In 2017, the new A110 was then launched for the first time, and it was a modern recreation of the legendary classic from the 1960s and 1970s, with modern styling cues. Over the past few years, Alpine has produced a variety of special editions of the car. And their latest is now on the roads. This is 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 in the history of the A110.

What the A110 Tour de Corse remembers

The Tour de Corse is one of the most famous rallies in the world. The event was inaugurated in 1956 and quickly became a highlight of the rally calendar. In 1967, the event was integrated into the French Rally Championship, then barely six years later, the event took a further step to become the flagship French round of the World Rally Championship. And in 1975 the event showed 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 entered in the event, only 22 will end up finishing the event. And among 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 timed sector, the Alpine was between 5 and 30 seconds behind. The two cars set identical times in this last stage, the A110, in its superb livery, losing to the Lancia by just 32 seconds. It would have been an epic victory for the brave little French coupe.

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The specialty of the A110 Tour de Corse Edition

This new Alpine variant is all about remembering that special car. The Alpine is the same yellow color on its body as the 1975 car, with deep black on the car’s hood and roof. The white graphics are also evident all over the car which is another design cue from the original 1975 car. And the color scheme turns out to be yet another that works wonderfully 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 special Alpine edition is actually based on the A110 S version of the car. Under the hood is therefore a 1.8-liter turbo engine with 300 hp, and the A110 S is of course the top of the range when it comes to the various variants of the A110. If you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to be quick. Only 150 examples of this car are on the way, and a small number will eventually be awarded to countries, with the UK set to receive just five of these magnificent cars.

The special A110 features a very sporty interior

Alpine didn’t just go to town outside of the car, either. The French company also worked hard to make the interior special. The Sabelt Racing bucket seats inside are now embroidered with the Tour de Corse 75, and there is the option to add harnesses to the seats if the owner wishes. The yellow of the exterior is also repeated around the doors, with the white and black graphics also forming part of the interior of the doors. Some of the other details on the exterior include the signature Tour de Corse 75 on the left front fender, with a pattern on the doors and a white trim on the bonnet. And the number 7 from the original car is subtly stamped on the back.


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Remembering a really special alpine

In some ways, it’s a very important tribute to Alpine. The little A110 probably shouldn’t have been in the running for the Tour de Corse in 1975 against the Stratos, one of the most formidable rally cars of its time. But surprisingly, the little French machine rose to the challenge with enthusiasm, surviving one of the toughest rally events ever to come one step closer to a famous victory. And Alpine has produced one of the coolest special editions of the A110 to date.

Source: Alpine

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