On the occasion of the French F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, Alpine unveils the prototype of the A110 E-ternité. A 100% electric car based on the mythical thermal A110. On the program: a tailor-made electrical architecture and a convertible roof.
That’s it, Alpine (Renault) unveils the prototype of the electric A110 on the occasion of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France which takes place on Sunday July 24. This new electric car uses the same basis as the A110 in terms of design. The only difference is the convertible roof, made possible by the use of recycled carbon to stiffen the structure.
From a technical point of view, this A110 E-ternity promises to be a gem of technology. While it uses the same battery modules as the Megane E-Tech, these are integrated in a totally different and unique way. They are in fact placed at the front and at the rear of the car. with four and eight modules respectively. Enough to respect a good weight distribution with 42/58 against 43/57 for the thermal version. As can be seen on the synthetic images, the batteries are not positioned horizontally, but vertically on the rear part. Hoping it doesn’t raise the center of gravity too much.
Almost as powerful as the thermal version
There is a 178 kW (242 hp) engine in the rear position developing 300 Nm of torque, allowing the 0 to 100 km/h to be reduced in 4.5 seconds, the 1,000 m standing start in 23.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Figures slightly lower than the thermal version of the A110 with 4.4 seconds; 22.8 seconds and 260 km/h, but hardly. This is due to the increased weight of the whole (1,378 kg against 1,120 kg) due to the presence of the batteries which still weigh 392 kg.
Two speeds like on the Porsche Taycan
To maintain a certain sportiness, the A110 E-ternity takes the road to the Porsche Taycan with the integration of a gearbox. This is of the double clutch type (DCT) with electronic control with paddles on the steering wheel and 2 speeds. We imagine that the first gear is provided for the acceleration phases from a standstill and that the second gear takes over at high speeds.
The 60 kWh battery provides a range, on the WLTP cycle, of 420 km. To be compared to the 550 km of the thermal version. The maximum charging power of 200 kW should allow the cells to be recharged fairly quickly.
A more modern interior
Alpine also took the opportunity to review the entertainment part of the car. There are thus 8 speakers, a subwoofer and a new, larger multimedia screen. The car also gives pride of place to linen, a material renowned for its very eco-responsible side with a low impact on the environment and produced in France. Enough to replace the carbon on certain parts, according to Alpine.
A prototype before the future SUV
It only remains that this prototype goes to the industrial stage, but it should not be the case. Indeed, the French brand plans to launch a coupe SUV for its first electric car.
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