Alpine’s upcoming electric cars will rely heavily on engineering from its Formula 1 team as the brand seeks to optimize efficiency while strengthening its brand positioning targeting enthusiasts.
Three all-new Alpine electric vehicles will be launched over the next four years, meaning Dieppe needs expertise in electrified powertrain technology and, in order to maximize range, aerodynamics – which is abundant in the UK based racing team.
“Enstone’s A522 aerodynamic unit has just completed a particular project for Alpine road cars, and we are about to launch another,” Alpine F1 technical director Matt Harman told Autocar. as the brand new ground effect pilot began testing.
“We connect these two [groups of] people together, both in physical testing and in computational fluid dynamics. It’s a very nice collaboration, and it’s good for the aerodynamicists, it gives them another angle of view, refreshes their minds. They really enjoy working on these projects, so we’ll keep them going. In fact, we’ll probably expand our engineering expertise further into road cars.
Autocar understands that the recently completed project was the Alpine version of the revival of the Renault 5 supermini, which is due to launch in 2024.
The next project is most likely a low-slung crossover, the Alpine GT X-Over, due in 2025, which will be followed by an A110 sports car replacement, developed with Lotus.
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi told Autocar: “We want to ride the F1 wave. We really transfer technology in the battery management system, because whether we have a hybrid in F1 or an electric car in the street, it’s really exactly the same thing today.
“His [about] when you can release electricity that you convert into instant torque; how long can you do this around a track or along a road; how much battery charge you can recover; and how long you can make it last for the scope. It’s all the same. We transfer [learnings about] electricity from track to road and from road to track.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-30 23:01:24