French sports car maker Alpine has created a limited A110 R Le Mans edition to celebrate the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Limited to a symbolic 100 units, the Le Mans edition offers some aesthetic changes from the range-topping A110 R, but no extra power.
The Le Mans Edition gets a carbon fiber rear wing and ‘shark fin’ on the rear window as a nod to the styling of Alpine Elf Endurance’s current World Endurance Championship (WEC) challenger, the A480.
Alpine’s patented “Road & Track chock” technology, paired with specific suspension settings, is said to lower and stiffen the A110 R Le Mans by five percent to improve stability.
The front spoiler, side sills and headrests will all be emblazoned with the official 24 Hours of Le Mans signature, and the lines of the race track are laser-engraved on the sun visor.
Paying homage to the official colors of Le Mans, the white livery is combined with blue brake calipers and thin blue line accents on the bonnet, roof and rear spoiler fin.
The Le Mans edition still has the carbon fiber bonnet, rear window panels, wheels and interior elements.
Inside there are Sabelt Track racing-style bucket seats and Alcantara upholstery across the dashboard and doors.
Each of the 100 examples will be identified by a numbered plate bearing the Le Mans signature.
100 lucky owners will join Alpine’s ‘Band of Racers’, giving them the chance to take on the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe in a special edition A110 R on the morning of next year’s race.
Performance figures for the A110 R Le Mans are unchanged from the standard A110 R.
Power will come from the same 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 221kW of power and 340Nm of torque.
Alpine claims the A110 R can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 285km/h.
For its exclusivity, owners hoping for one of 100 units will have to pay €140,000, a significant increase on the €105,000 price tag of the base A110 R.
Customers will be able to order the limited model from Alpine Centers across France from June 8.
“This iconic limited series follows in the footsteps of the legendary GTA Le Mans, combining sophisticated aerodynamics with an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, just like the Alpine M63, the first Alpine to compete at Le Mans in 1963,” said Alpine’s VP of sales and operations. , Emmanuel Al Nawakil.
The brand will join rivals such as Ferrari and Toyota in the Le Mans hypercar category from 2024 onwards.