The new Alpine A4810 in preview as a hydrogen supercar Car News

Alpine has collaborated with the European Institute of Design (IED) on a new hydrogen supercar concept, which will be unveiled on March 18.

Called A4810, the life-size concept was designed by 28 Transportation Design master’s students at the IED in Turin as part of a thesis project, with the official support of the French sports car manufacturer.

The two-seater is said to represent “a response to the new concept of sportiness” and Alpine’s backing suggests it could give clues to future production Alpine models.

A preview image says little, but a defining element of its design will be an all-new front look, featuring new slim headlights – a reimagining of the Alpine A110’s retro four-light setup – and a LED in the shape of a W light bar that wraps around the front end.

A prominent front splitter, raised front arches and bulging rear haunches hint at the levels of supercar performance potential and could signal that the concept is designed as a track-only proposition. However, no indication of production intent was given.

Potentially, the A4810 could give a first look at some of the styling cues Alpine will introduce on its future EVs, primarily the all-electric successor to the A110, which is expected in 2026.

It’s also unclear at this point how the IED imagines the concept will be fueled, beyond using hydrogen as its primary fuel source.

Alpine’s parent company Renault has pledged to use fuel cell technology in commercial vehicles, but last week previewed a new concept it says could deploy the technology hydrogen combustion as a way to reduce vehicle emissions at low cost. So far, Toyota has been a major proponent of this technology.

Last year, IED collaborated with Suzuki on an extravagant two-seat roadster concept called Misano, which served to embody the Japanese manufacturer’s history of producing motorcycles alongside cars.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-02 12:04:19

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