Alpine A 110: My second stage of improvements is done.

Sep 06, 2021,12:55 PM
 

I will basically have four stages. 


The first stage, I already reported, was about the chassis, mainly: I put the Chassis of the S version in my Legende: Bigger anti roll bars, stiffer suspensions, new light rims, different geometry settings, and some other delicacies, such as a light lithium battery... 

The second stage is more mechanical: four changes have just been made, in July:

- A titanium exhaust, which has a superb sound ( 89 Db with the closed valves, 102 Db with the open valves ), which is very nice looking, too, AND which is super light: Only 3, 7 kilos! 



And here, mounted on my car. Credit picture: Metal Customs:


- Inverted ventilators, to aspire the fresh air and to reject the hot air of the engine, with the frame of an Alpine GT 4. 

Before: 


After: 


- A cover engine in Carbon, because the original was looking too cheap. ( Credit pictures: Waldow Performance )





Original ( Credit picture: Unknown, but I will happily credit on request )



- And, last but not least, a dynamic admission, for the engine to get more air. 

Here on another Alpine A110, the outcome is the same on mine ( top left of the engine ), the big hose directly going into the air box:


I also added a new set of shift paddles, as the originals were a tad too small for my taste and use. 

Credit picture: MP REZEAU: 



On my car: Before:



After: 



I also had my rims decorative heads polished an painted in a matching grey: 

Before: 


After: 


The outcome? 

The car is not radically transformed, but I already gained in weight ( 8, 5 kilos ) added to the 19, 5 kilos I saved during my first stage, which is already 28 kilos lighter. The car has a bit more HP ( around 15 ) and torque ( around 30 extra Nm ). 

I am impatiently waiting for stage 3 to get much more HPs ( circa 320 ), a bit more Nm ( around 375 ) around 42 kilos saved, but as it is right now, you can feel it even better, and it is a tad more... Raging, in its accelerations and in its behavior on the roads and tracks. And the sound is impressive: You hear the Turbo breathing even more, the dynamic admission is living, and the melody of the exhaust is  a totally different level. 

A small video to share the sound of the dynamic admission and the Turbo valve:




As I said, it is a " transitional " stage, to prepare for stage three and to give a conclusion to my technical improvements. 

Then, I will end with a new set of racing brakes, I will change the tires for larger ones and I will be done! 

How exciting it is to make your own car with all these changes! 

I will have to find a good nickname for my Alpine. I am working on that, too. 

Best,

Nicolas


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by stage 3, you will have a mean track weapon

 
 By: VinnieD : September 6th, 2021-13:20
This is a great journey. Imagine if we could do that to our watches: some more interior anglage here, some more polishing there...

Very nice, my friend...

 
 By: vitalsigns : September 6th, 2021-13:40
Always great to customize cars to our own liking The dynamic turbo aspiration is wild. Sounds a bit like Darth Vader breathing...hey, there's a nickname...Vader! Goes well with your color scheme too Nice meaty tires. Michelin PS4? John

This is such a beautiful car...

 
 By: mdg : September 6th, 2021-14:30
...that is virtually unknown in the U.S. What a shame we don't get to see these on the road, or get the chance to drive them.

Maybe...but these days that's probably a benefit...

 
 By: mdg : September 6th, 2021-15:34
...premium gas is $5/gallon where I live. Yes, much cheaper than Europe but very high for the U.S. Does Alpine have plans to make electric vehicles?

Lookin' good young man....

 
 By: nacelle : September 6th, 2021-14:54

Merci, Nacelle.

 
 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-16:01

Nice!

 
 By: penfriend : September 6th, 2021-15:07
Looking forward to see the final result. Never thought whether I should nickname my cars...

Naaah, no way!

 
 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-17:33

Sorry

 
 By: penfriend : September 6th, 2021-17:36
my inappropriate picture of french men ;-) what about 'Beast' then

I see you are serious on this

 
 By: penfriend : September 6th, 2021-17:54
looking forward to your final name

Hehehe... Thank you, mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-18:08

Scary!

 
 By: Mary Anny : September 6th, 2021-15:40
...  

Don't worry... ;)

 
 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-16:03

Woosh

 
 By: Gargamel : September 6th, 2021-16:01
Isn't the woosh of the turbo a bit too much for everyday use ?

amazing project

 
 By: Cookies : September 6th, 2021-16:32
Ah I love the sound of the engine. It sounds so exotic. Beautiful sports car.

Wow, you aren’t messing around,

 
 By: kkochheiser : September 6th, 2021-17:57
It sounds like your plan is coming together and when you’re done you will have something even more wonderful and totally your own. Congratulations! I know how satisfying these projects are. Kent

Those are some crazy big paddles.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : September 6th, 2021-20:38
But they seem to look like they belong. To me, I think size is less of an issue and it’s more how do they feel. Both in terms of feel to the touch and then when actually using (I guess like chronograph pushers). What a great project, roll on next summer !... 

Nickname? How about “Grise Lightning!”

 
 By: U3O8 : September 7th, 2021-02:35
Play on grease and grey. And you made it lighter and lightning fast. Ha ha.

good looking car

 
 By: jerry6 : September 18th, 2021-13:06
nice improvements , unsprung weight make a big dif in handling . hope you keep us updated on the build

Aah bad man !

 
 By: bimbeano : September 19th, 2021-18:27
These past few months i haven’t had the time to enjoy any of my cars … and then you come bragging with your fabulous Alpine 🙄🧐. So i guess 2022 is the year you will visit me ? Bimbo 😘