Long story short, Renault and Caterham have teamed up sometime ago to work on a jointly developed lightweight mid-engine driver’s car; something that could follow the philosophy of Toyota & Subaru with the 86 or BRZ or FRS.
Renault and Caterham Car’s new jointly developed lightweight sports car continues to take shape behind closed doors with marketing plans said to be patterned after the launch of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.
When Renault and Caterham Cars announced exciting new plans a few days back to design and develop a new range of sports cars together, it all came as music to many enthusiasts’ ears.
The new Renault/Caterham car, which is being developed in Norfolk under a team led by ex-Lotus engineer Tony Shute, who developed the brilliant chassis for the Lotus Evora, will come to market rather like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. That’s to say, one basic model but minor styling and spec differences to separate the two.
Renault will market its version under the Alpine badge. Caterham will use its own logo. Both cars will be built at the Alpine factory in Dieppe in Northern France.
No word yet on engines, but Renault Sport has a lot of experience with quick 1.6-liter engines in various Clio models in Europe. Caterham has access to a range of Ford units and its own spectacular supercharged 2.0-liter engine packing 275 horsepower.
The new sports car, which may be revealed in 2014, is just the beginning. The two parties — Renault and Caterham — have said they will combine their skills to build models in large and small series, and the objective for each company is to launch its own sports vehicle within the next 3-4 years.