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A day on the track with the Alpine A 110.

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I was invited by an Alpine Authorized Dealer to test the Alpine on the track. I already tested it on the small roads of Normandy, and on the highway, too, I had to go farther and have some fun on the track to test its limits, and to get some notions on how to pilot a car on a track, too. 

We had an appointment at 9.00 AM, and I arrived a bit earlier, the Volvo C 70 T5 being a pretty fast car. none 

The first surprise? The cars in presence. Half an hour before, two race cars were there, two Alpine A 110 Cup, with a reworked exhaust, a different electronic gestion, a steering wheel borrowed to the GT 4, new suspensions for a much lower car ( -40 mm ) and a different sequential gearbox. 


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The other surprise? The presence of the first A 110 with a special historical paint, here in ... Pink, for the Alpine Workshop. 

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Another surprise came a bit after... The number of " Alpinists " who attended the event with their A 110. Not 5, 6 or 10, but a bit more than 30! 

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As expected, the Blue was the most popular. There were a good number of " S ", too, which is the sporty version of the A 110. And I suspect a few have installed a special exhaust, from what I heard on the track... 

The A 110 S I tested a few weeks ago:

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But the most important was, of course, the experience on the track, the feelings when you brake like a mad man way before the curves, the way you pass the curves, the drifts, the way you have to look at the track, the incredible balance of the car, the sensations... 

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I couldn't make a video on the cars when I tested two of them, a normal one and the...  A 110 Cup, with its official pilot, Laurent Hurgon, who is currently 2d in the european championship. Seeing him driving, piloting the car at only 80% of its possibilities makes you realize the difference which separates a professional pilot to an amateur. You really take a lesson of humility and feel a lot of respect for these " guys ". When they drive, you think it is really an easy thing. Try, and you will see, it is not that evident...

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It makes you want to enhance your poor driving skills, just to have a decent level. 

And, better or worse, it really gives you the will to own one of these cars. 

But that is another story. I will review the A 110 and its different versions in a later post.

I would like to thank the Alpine Dealer for this invitation, or should I say, incitation... 

It was an unforgettable moment, truly. 

Best,

Nicolas

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nacelle October 26th, 2020-09:43
Nico, the best way to fight temptation is to yield :) Great story, great pictures, great car. A day spent at the track "bonding" with your car is humbling for sure and rewarding in so many ways...
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amanico October 26th, 2020-11:05
Humbling and rewarding, indeed. Thanks, Nacelle.  
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Passionata_george October 26th, 2020-09:45
great review thanks for sharing it .
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amanico October 26th, 2020-11:06
My pleasure, George.  
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Johnny. October 26th, 2020-09:52
Nice pictures sir, must have been a wonderful and fun day. The white S with the black wheels is very nice and also the dark grey in picture number 8. The pink one with the white wheels on the other hand looks awful. Too many blue ones, do you have a preference already?
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amanico October 26th, 2020-11:07
I will not go for the Blue. I am focusing on the dark grey you mentioned, or the white S. My idea? The dark Grey with the black wheels of the White A 110 S...  No message body
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Johnny. October 26th, 2020-12:08
The dark grey with the black wheels would be awesome, the colour gives the car a chic look and the black wheels gives it a bit mean look. and the tires need to be nice clean and shiny!
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amanico October 26th, 2020-13:38
Yes, that was what I had in mind...  
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emcquillan October 26th, 2020-10:04
It reads and looks like you had an incredible experience. I hope you get your Alpine soon my friend. I too have experienced the humility of driving at a track and then watching the professional pilot my car. What an incredible difference. Did you experience a deep sleep that night? My professional pilot told me ... 
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amanico October 26th, 2020-11:10
I was totally exhausted, for sure. Thank you so much, mon ami. We'll soon see if I can get my A 110. Let's see things are going in the good way.  
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