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Caterham, Renault to work together on sportscar project

“Our F1 team has already been working successfully with Renault Sport F1 since the start of the 2011 F1 season and I am thrilled that now we are adding to our track partnership by joining forces with Renault on the road. Together with Renault, we have now created an opportunity for Caterham Cars to grow into the next stage of its development from a very well respected niche brand into a serious player on the global motoring map. “

Feasibility studies conducted by Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology & Innovation suggest that companies canl combine their skills to build models in both large and small series, in order to widen their positioning on the sports vehicle market. The objective for each company is to launch its own vehicle in this market within the next three to four years.

“Our ambitions of reviving Alpine depended on our ability to find a partner in order to ensure the economic profitability of such an adventure,” explained Renault COO Carlos Tavares, “Right from the start, we wanted to place the Dieppe plant at the heart of the project. Today, through our partnership with Caterham Group, we can enter a new phase: the design of a vehicle that will embody the very essence of Alpine, a vehicle that will rekindle sporting passion once more. It could become a reality within the next three or four years.”




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Jokkie - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 10:03 AM

Great news, Caterham know light weight sports cars, Renault know how to make car parts - at last Renault may have worked out how to use F1 to boost their brand(s)......

Nanbawan - Unregistered

November 05, 2012 8:56 PM

There have been a lot of signals about these two getting closer. Will Caterham be a brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance at some point ? Will the F1 team become Renault's semi official or even official F1 team maybe under the Alpine name ? Anyway, nice to hear the return of the Alpine brand on the road with some French flair GT being back on highways and who knows, maybe on tracks. At last, some French non FWD sport car to dream about. OK, there is the Bugatti which is historically and administratively registered as a French marque as a subsidiary of the VW group but that ain't exactly the same.



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