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

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-12:55
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. 



- 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:


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



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. 



Great car. Hope you‘re satisfied with your changes!

 By: nafetS : September 6th, 2021-13:19

Yes, very satisfied, but I can do ( and I will ) even better. Stay tuned.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-13:22

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...

THAT would be great. In fact, we can, but with Independents. It is the same path I am taking. Improving the good and less good things on the Alpine.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-13:23

Very nice upgrades Nico ...and the exhaust sounds beautiful - don't stop activating that valve ! :)

 By: templetowers : September 6th, 2021-13:29

I will try to take better videos. The sound of the exhaust is really magic.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-13:36

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 smile

Nice meaty tires. Michelin PS4?


Yes, Michelin PS4. Bravo! I will upgrade them with PS4 DT1, the A 110S version, for a better grip. Now, if I still have some money, I will go for a Carbon Roof, and some modifications about the interior.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-13:43

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.

Yes, it is a pity, and I don't know why Alpine and / or Renault are not imported in the US. Too small engines?

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-14:31

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?

Yes, from 2024 / 2025, only electric cars.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-15:51

Lookin' good young man....

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

Merci, Nacelle.

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


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

I far the nickname will be very long... Lightweight, Carbon Silver Arrow, Grey Rocket...

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

I thought you were off to something like 'Babe'

 By: penfriend : September 6th, 2021-16:42

Naaah, no way!

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


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

You are in great shape! :)))) No, my friend, we can do better. :)

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-17:37

I see you are serious on this

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

Hehehe... Thank you, mon ami.

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

Typical JLC product naming scheme …

 By: cazalea : September 24th, 2021-23:36

Hehehe... Funny ( but true ) one, Mike.

 By: amanico : September 25th, 2021-05:37


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

Don't worry... ;)

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


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

Nah, it is ok. I am used to it as I also modified a Volvo C 70 T5, it was almost as noisy.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2021-16:04

amazing project

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

Beautiful sports car. 
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