Take this video of the new Alpine A110 R-GT rally car, with the task of testing this new rally-spec A110 left up to French rally driver François Delecour.
The car was revealed by Alpine in September and has been homologating to meet the requirements for the intended category the car will be eligible for – the R-GT class.
Even though it won’t be racing with the ‘big boys’ in WRC, it’s still an impressive thing. A steel rollcage, modified engine bay and suspension mounting points, three-way hydraulic dampers, race-spec Brembos, and inside are Sabelts with six-point harnesses.
While still meeting the FIA’s engine restrictions, the turbocharged 1.8-litre Renault engine in the A110 is said to make more than 221kW, with a six-speed sequential gearbox putting that through to the rear wheels. R-GT is a two-wheel drive class, and that makes for some cheeky oversteer in this case. Which brings us back to the video.
Delecour is clearly not losing his touch. He’s nearing 60 and hasn’t raced consistently in the top level of rally since the early 2000s. It looks like he’s thoroughly putting the A110 through its paces, clipping harsh apexes and turning hairpins with precision. Or flicking the tail out a little.
Take a look at the video and let us know what you think of the A110 R-GT in the comments! Better than a WRC car?