Alpine and Michelin are gearing up for an electrifying partnership.
With the collaboration between Alpine and Michelin starting in 2012 with the development of the A110 coupe, the Renault Group member manufacturer from Dieppe is once again working with the world tire leader on in a different project this time.
And specifically, in the new A290, Alpine’s future compact and purely electric sports car, evolving the tires it will be equipped with with the aim of flexibility and comfort in daily use but also sportsmanship.
As announced, Michelin prepared three different types of tires for the new A290which we will see on the roads within the very next year, right after the premiere of the Renault 5 EV.
The first fruit of the collaboration between the two companies for Alpine’s new “hot” EV is the Pilot Sport EV, a summer tire with optimized energy efficiency, combining high levels of grip, longevity and range.
The second is the Pilot Sport S5a sportier summer tire designed to ensure high performance in the new A290 on both wet and dry surfaces.
Finally, the third Michelin tire is the Pilot Alpine 5a winter tire that offers high levels of grip on wet or snowy surfaces.
The new Alpine A290
Compared to Renault’s “5” sibling, the A290 will have the sportiest performance and philosophy even more sophisticated post with tighter regulation and hydraulic bump-stops. Regardless, both the A290 and Renault 5 will share a rear axle setup consisting of multiple links – apparently in an effort to create a more sophisticated behavioral performance.
The specifications of the braking system are also noteworthy, with the new electric hot-hatch equipped on the front axle with four-piston calipers of the A110. In relation to the latter, the A290 in the production version of 2024 will be heavier, without, however, the final reading of the scales exceeding the reading «1.100».
At the moment, Alpine has not officially opened its papers regarding the engine of the first EV in its range. However, authoritative information speaks of a version of the electric set of the Megane E-Tech Electric, with a performance close to 220 horsepower, while two years later and certainly not earlier than 2027, a second one will have its premiere with a performance close to 270 horsepower.
For the battery, the lips of the French are also… closed. However, it will almost certainly fluctuate in capacity in the range of 50 to 60 kWhadopting a layout with just four large modules placed in a single layer – the Zoe, for example, currently uses a battery with 12 smaller units. According to the French, this will allow engineers to reduce the weight of the battery by 15 kg.