Why the all-electric Alpine A110 E-ternit prototype is a great open-top sports car

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Just over a year ago, Renault’s new boss Luca de Meo expressed his intention to convert Alpine into an all-electric brand. Alpine gives us a first look at its electrified future and has now introduced the A110 E-terniet as a prototype. This all-electric version of the A110 sports car comes just in time for the brand’s 60th anniversary and debuts this weekend at the 2022 French Grand Prix.

The Alpine A110 E-ternit comes with smart technology

With the concept of the A110 E-ternit prototype, Alpine had a clear goal in mind: the electrified version should match the driving dynamics of the A110 on gas. To achieve this feat in record time, the brand decided not to develop an entirely new electric powertrain, but to use one that was already available in Renault’s parts bin. As a result, the E-ternit prototype shares its powertrain with the Renault Megane E-Tech.

Finding the right drivetrain was a relatively easy task for Alpine, but implementing it accurately into the A110’s platform required a bit of engineering solution from the brand. The 12 battery modules of Megane’s electric powertrains were split in two to ensure correct weight distribution. Four modules find their place at the front of the A110, while the remaining eight are at the rear.

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Electric powertrains are naturally heavy, giving the A110 E-ternit prototype 568 lbs. over its gas-powered version. At this point, you must be wondering what the performance figures are for this electric sports car prototype and how the extra weight gain has affected its real-world performance. Well, let’s leave your curiosity alone!

The Alpine A110 E-ternite’s electric motor produces 238 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. This electric sports car can reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. In addition, with these numbers, one can expect to get the 260-mile WLPT range from its 60 kWh battery pack.

While most of the A110 E-ternit’s powertrain components come from the Meghan E-Tech, the gearbox is custom-built. Alpine decided to develop this transmission in-house to ensure it was light and compact enough to accommodate the batteries and electric motor. More importantly, this DCT unit has two gear ratios and comes with electronic control to ensure limited torque breakage.

Alpine A110 E-ternite gives you the open top experience

The standard gas-powered Alpine A110 does not come with a convertible top. However, the nature of this sports car is such that it naturally demands it. And as a result, Alpine is getting requests from its customers to provide the A110 with some form of an open-top experience. With the A110 E-terniet, the automaker has finally listened.

Alpine has developed a simple internal solution to ensure that the E-terniet gets a convertible top option, while still remaining light and compact. It came with a design that accommodates two-roof shells injected with recycled carbon. This not only provides the much-requested open-top experience in the A110, but also ensures that the vehicle retains its structural rigidity.

You take your own infotainment system with you in the A110 E-terniet

Like the exterior design, the cabin layout of the A110 E is not identical to that of the standard A110. However, Alpine has equipped the former with some exclusive features that will certainly make this electric sports car stand out compared to its gas-powered counterpart.

The open-top driving experience in a convertible is often accentuated when a matching soundtrack in the background complements it. To ensure that the Alpine A110 E-terniet has a more powerful sound system, it naturally comes with one additional speaker in the center and two at the back. The 8-speaker setup, including subwoofer, promises a surround sound experience for the occupants of this sports car.

In the E-ternit prototype, you’ll never find yourself complaining about the poor display quality of the infotainment unit or being disappointed by the outdated operating system; simply because this EV does not have a central display. Yes, you heard it right. You bring your infotainment system with you in the A110 E-terniet. This means your tablet will act as the car’s multimedia screen!

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Alpine A110 E Ternite Prototype Comes With Flax Composite Parts

Automakers often use carbon composites in their performance vehicles to ensure they remain lightweight while maintaining their structural strength. However, Alpine has taken a slightly different approach. It has also used composite materials in the A110 E-ternite; the only difference is that the French automaker chose flax instead of carbon.

Alpine says flax composites offer better acoustic performance than carbon fiber while being lightweight and environmentally friendly. As a result, this electric sports car prototype uses Flax composite materials in the hood, roof, rear window, grille, seat shells and rear apron.

Should Alpine decide to put the electric sports car into production, we would certainly be jealous if Alpine does not bring the A110 E-terniet to the US.

Source: Alpine