2015 Renault/Caterham Alpine successor chassis testing mule caught with a Lotus Elise body

Last year, Renault and Caterham joined forces in a new company called Societe des Automobiles Alpine Caterham (SAAC) to build high-end sports cars at Renault’s Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy, in France.

There will be a range of different sports cars, including the production version of the Alpine A110-50 concept.

Both automakers will have their own versions of the cars, with design unique to each automaker, chassis tuning and very likely even engines.

Here we have the first pictures of the Renault Alpine replacement chassis testing mule wearing a modified Lotus Elise body.

The upcoming mid-engined two-door coupe will be sold by both Renault and a Caterham.

Details are limited, but the Caterham’s version is expected to be a bit cheaper and power on both cars is expected to come from a turbocharged 1.6-litre unit with around 300bhp. Rumour is that a KERS system derived from F1 cars could be part of the powertrain as well.

We expect to see full body prototypes in early 2014. Stay tuned for more details!


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