Renault-Alpine A310 Profile

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Renault-Alpine A310 General Information

This car was designed to be the replacement of the famous A110. It looked more modern alright, but the A310 was also much heavier than the A110 and therefore never managed to get into the foot steps of the A110, which carried on winning. Actually despite the A310 being like 2 classes bigger and heavier than the A110, it was not exactly an incapable car. Part of the problem was that Renault was not involved in as big a rally program as they were in the R8 and A110 days. Therefore it came that the biggest success of the A310 was winning the French Rallye Championship 1977 with Guy Fréquelin. Shame really, very characterful sports car!

And as so often, length of texts don't always reflect my love to a car. Because I do love the A310! But what else can I say? To my mind the A310 was the best looking car of all Alpine models. But it was much bigger and heavier than the A110 despite using the same technology at first, so it was no way faster. The Peugeot 504/604 V6 engine compromised more power with yet more weight. And when eventually the car got real power through turbo charging, it was re-named the A610 with a very much washed down girly looking facelift. But all that is already described in more detail in the Renault-Alpine manufacturer story.

Yet the main downfall must have been Renault's competition politics. Even if it is questionable if the A310 was an improvement over the A110, if not even a step back, it still was one of the most capable sports cars of the mid 1970s! OK, in rallying nobody ever stood still, the A310 surely would have struggled against the Lancia Stratos, where the A110 had an easy game against the Lancia Fulvia the year before. But the main downfall must have been Renault's rally program. For whatever reason (marketing of road models being part of it) Renault did not use their 1973 WRC title to build on success, but to concentrate on more road going models as the R12 Gordini and R17 Gordini from 1974 onwards. Incredibly the R17 won it's 2nd WRC event ever, but while the R17 was a very good sports coupé of the 1970s, the A310 was more or less its super car sister, being better in every single aspect. OK, Renault fans will quite rightly be confused that I compare an R17 to an A310. But World Champions Renault rallied mainly the R17 in 1974, the A310 in its slowest version has the same engine with more bore, more BHP, RWD, better weight distribution, lower COG and 140kg less weight. So surely the A310 would even have dominated the WRC event that the R17 won!

So as a verdict, one catch was that the A310 was much heavier and bigger than the A110. But maybe more even, it never got anywhere near the same chances that the A110 was given! While Renault was doing a full WRC program with the A110 in 1973, with 5 drivers even, 1974ff saw Renault in a much reduced program and even in that program on at least half the events they relied on R12 and R17 rather than the A310.

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Renault-Alpine A310 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Renault-Alpine A310 16V (75-0) 210/7800 224/6400 4190.1740.1150 860 (4.1) Rwd (2270)
Renault-Alpine A310 1800 (74-0) 175/7500 195/5800 4190.1740.1150 840 (4.8) Rwd (2270)
Renault-Alpine A310 V6 (75-0) 245/7200 260/5000 4190.1760.1120 945 (3.8) Rwd (2270)
Renault-Alpine A310 V6 Gr. 5 (76-0) 290/7500 300/5500 4190.1900.1120 950 (3.3) Rwd (2270)

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Renault-Alpine A310 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
17th. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Rouby J. Martin #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Oksala Y. Mehta #32 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
49th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Nicolas V. Laverne #4 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol . Filippi #14 [UNKNOWN] 8:49:14
4th. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti J. Jaubert #8 [UNKNOWN] 9:19:10
6th. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse F. Vincent J. Jaubert #9 [UNKNOWN] 5:22:26
3rd. 1974 WRC Tour de Corse J. Thérier M. Vial #7 [UNKNOWN] 5:12:09

Renault-Alpine A310 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1981 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Neyret J. Terramorsi #16 [UNKNOWN] SS9 electrics
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Panciatici . UNKNOWN #45 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse B. Beguin W. Huret #14 [UNKNOWN] SS99 radiator
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye de Portugal B. Neyret Y. Vanoni #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Fréquelin J. Delaval #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Vincent C. Delferrier #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Mouton . "Biche" #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse F. Vincent C. Tilber #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse M. Mouton F. Conconi #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 differential
Ret. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse J. Andruet . "Biche" #2 [UNKNOWN] SS99 punctures
Ret. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Ragnotti J. Jaubert #16 [UNKNOWN] SS38 suspension
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Ragnotti J. Jaubert #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Andruet Y. Jouanny #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Thérier M. Vial #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Vincent C. Delferrier #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Beaumont . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Henry M. Gélin #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Ragnotti J. Jaubert #30 [UNKNOWN] SS99 differential
Ret. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse J. Thérier M. Vial #2 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Thérier M. Vial #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Warmbold J. Davenport #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash