Renault will receive a helping hand from Caterham in developing the new Alpine sports car.
According to Autocar magazine, the deal is believed to be well advanced and confirmation is expected to come within a month. Renault is currently engine supplier of the Caterham F1 team, and it is believed that talks between the two manufacturers have started during their F1 collaboration.
The Caterham Group is formed of four divisions: Caterham Cars, Caterham F1, Caterham Technology and Innovation and Caterham Composites. According to Autocar, the Technology division was set up earlier this year with the specific goal of “assisting Caterham Cars on the development of the next generation of accessible and affordable sportscars.” Insiders said at the time that Caterham was already working on projects for external companies.
The advantages of a collaboration between Renault and Caterham would be obvious. Renault would share development costs with for a sportscar with a specialized manufacturer, while Caterham would be allowed to launch a parallel model using the same chassis.
To further fuel speculation, Caterham has recently appointed former deputy managing director of Renault Sport F1 Cyril Abiteboul as its new CEO. Renault’s revival of the Alpine brand will begin with a modern reinterpretation of the A110 Berlinette, embodied by the A110-50 Concept.