French team CMR has been revealed as the first customer for the GT4 version of the new Alpine A110.
CMR who, last season fielded a multi-car effort in the GT4 European Series Souther Cup (FFSA GT4) with Ginetta and Maserati machinery, have obtained a pair of the new Alpine A110 GT4s and will give the cars their racing debuts later this year at the Dijon meeting of the French GT4 Championship on 14-15 July (the meeting also hosts a round of the one-make Alpine Cup. CMR will also enter the cars in selected rounds of the GT4 European Series.
The GT4 version of the A110 was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show and follows on from the one-make racer version of the car that has already seen the first production run completed by Signatech, charged by Alpine with the development and production of competition versions of their new roadgoing sports coupe.
The GT4 version of the Alpine A110 uses the aluminium chassis and the double wishbone suspension from the series production model. The GT4, which is being developed in parallel with the A110 Cup, has received additional modifications, in particular to the aerodynamics and the 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.
The Alpine A110 GT4 will be on show in the Coupes de Pâques paddock at Nogaro (31 March/2 April).
Philippe Sinault, Signatech manager: “Signatech has looked after the design and development of the Alpine A110 GT4, but in races it will be run by partner teams that will enjoy our technical support at the events. We’re very pleased to have concluded this agreement with the CMR team, whose proven technical and sporting potential will enable the car to show its qualities in the second part of the season. We’re already in discussion with other teams that would like to enter Alpine A110 GT4s for the 2019 season.”
Charles-Antoine Bourachot, CMR manager: “We’re very proud to be the first team to run the Alpine A110 GT4, one of the major newcomers of the 2018 season. Generally speaking, Alpine generates a great deal of enthusiasm and all the fans are looking forward to seeing it doing battle with other makes. Our cars will be driven by Soheil Ayari, Nicolas Tardif, Stéphane Tribaudini and Pierre-Alexandre Jean who can’t wait to get behind the wheel!”
In other news from Alpine, Managing Director Michael van der Sande has announced his departure for a new post with Jaguar Land Rover.