Renault has been busy having a little fun with the company's new A110-50 Concept. The automaker recently invited former rally driver Jean Ragnotti to take the futuristic machine for spin. Rangotti made a name for himself in the Renault 5 Turbo Group B by taking the gold at both the Monte Carlo Rally as well as the Rallye de France. As soon as the driver takes to an abandoned stretch of road, things take a different turn. It's not long before Ragnotti is pursued by an image of his former self behind the wheel of an original A110.

The clip narrowly avoids the pitfall of cheesiness, if for no other reason than we love an excuse to watch these two creations churn their tires in anger. There's just something about watching vintage French tin thrashing about in the Alps that makes us happy.

Of course, back here in reality, the A110-50 would make short work of its predecessor thanks to its 400-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and lightweight carbon fiber bodywork. Then again, the cars we loved in our youth always seem faster through the lens of history. Check out the video below to see what we mean. There's a bonus video down there with some amazing sound, too.





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      Commodore
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sound is freaking insane.
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      Renault 2 requests. 1 Build! 2 Send some copies to the USA.
      LynxFX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a bunch of angry bees and spitting fire. I like it.
      fastaudi
      • 2 Years Ago
      the downshifts sound like a shotgun fired
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      Drizzy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So sick!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds perfect. Let's hope this doesn't stay a concept for long!
      eeenok
      • 2 Years Ago
      we are so spoiled for power now ... if the autoblog team were reviewing the original alpine, they'd be telling us how it's ok, but they don't quite feel safe on a freeway on-ramp
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie, I get excited ever time I see this car. It's achingly beautiful.
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      ablogreadr
      • 2 Years Ago
      yawnsville. just what the world needs - another mega hp, mega buck supercar. i'll take the original alpine thank you very much.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ablogreadr
        400hp is hardly 'mega' nowadays, and Alpine has always been about giant killer performance on a much lower budget, and there's nothing that says this won't be relatively affordable.
      Alexi
      • 2 Years Ago
      French designs are always hilarious. Puts the smile right on the face.
        sanmusa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alexi
        When the French pour their hearts into their car designs they are polarizing. Either they look strange, odd or goofy, or they are extremely beautoful, exciting, different designs. This car falls in the second category.
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