• Jan 16th 2009 at 9:27AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of Marcello Felipe Maggioni's Renault New Alpine

Between the GT-R and the Z-car, Nissan has a rich history of fine sportscars. However, its French sister company is another story. Since discontinuing the Alpine in 1996, Renault's sporting spirit has had to subside on hot hatches and in its F1 program. Remarkable as they are, the French automaker has been working on bringing back the Alpine sportscar line, with a new model anticipated to debut sometime next year. That's a long way off, if you ask Brazilian design student Marcello Felipe Maggioni. So he's come up with a design of his own for the new Alpine.

The concept is characterized by a chopped-down greenhouse and low-slung headlamps, creating a wedge shape similar in style to the Lexus LF-A. Maggioni based the design around a mid-engine layout, with a homologated street-legal version of the high-revving 2.4-liter V8 from the Renault F1 car. Of course this is well beyond what Renault might actually produce to revive the Alpine nameplate, but if you're going to dream, why not dream big?

[Source: Serious Wheels]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      My God, that's ugly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I always knew Renaults looked "different" [cough], but THIS? Give me a break!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I...I just puked in my mouth a little, that thing is god awful. If it were orange I could see Jack Skelington driving it around town, seeing how it looks like a deformed pumpkin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, somewhere in China, a whole board of directors is drooling over these designs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      with headlights that big, you have no excuse to crash into ANYTHING. you can see what is coming in the next 3 miles
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm missing something but I've seen a ton of student industrial design work better than this. Autoblog, perhaps you should subscribe to cardesignnews.com if you want to show some really good design concepts. I think its unfair to alot of talented designers to showcase these pieces that wouldn't pass muster at any OEM let alone at Art Center or CCS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yikes that front looks like post-accident trauma and the overall body and the rear in particular has far too much Toyota influence. Its looong ago but I still recall reading in R&T about the Alpine A310 V6 being imported privately in the US as Renault didn't want to. That car looked wicked and had (at the time) the performance as good as the 911. This design just doesn't do much for me. It's too contrived and doesn't exhibit a graceful hand in its flow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really, thats just bad, that student needs more classes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's kinda sleek and devil-ish... maybe that's just me. Needs some work, but could be sexy....
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing is hideous.

      It's so hideous that if Megan Fox was standing next to it, instead of her making it more beautiful, she would get uglier...

      It's so hideous that your mom called and wants back her fat ass...

      It's so hideous that it made me spit out my coffee..

      Did I mention that it's hideous?

      Don't even get me started on the Bangle Diss' I could pull out here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Steve said everything I was thinking
      • 6 Years Ago
      A freshman I take it?
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