Alpine has revealed a new hydrogen-powered concept in the form of the A4810. The marque is calling it a “super-berlinette” that “embraces the latest-generation technologies”. Designed by students at the Turin-based Istituto Europeo di Design, this car acts as evidence of Renault’s adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Its design is hugely different from the timid-in-comparison Alpine A110 which harnesses a pokey 4-cylinder engine. This concept looks to continue Renault’s mission of preserving combustion technology by using “hydrogen engines” following Toyota’s trust in the fuel.
Apart from this, the A4810’s performance stats are yet to be revealed, although this is likely because they’re yet to be even contemplated by the French company. But Alpine promises a “light yet powerful and agile” car that will give its driver “pure driving pleasure”. Sounds pretty good to me, but means very little in this concept form. If it’s half as good as the A110, however, we’re on to a winner.
It is substantially larger than the A110, however, sitting at 5091mm long, 1055mm tall and 2010mm wide. The visuals of the car are also very different, with Alpine saying it’s implemented advances in F1 aerodynamics to bring the most out of the shape. There are elements of Ford GT within the body lines as well as the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, which isn’t a surprise.
Alpine’s chief designer, Raphael Linari, has told us it “explores new territories for the brand in terms of package, proportions, and design language” and this design, thought up by talented students poses “very interesting answers” to current issues.