2022 Alpine A4810 by IED Concept - Hydrogen-powered two-seater supercar

                 Twenty-eight Masters students studying Transportation Design at the IED presented their own take on the concept of sportiness with the 'A4810 Project by IED': a hydrogen-powered, two-seater supercar based on a brief from the Alpine design team.


                Described as a 'super-berlinette', the concept is the work of transportation design students at the Turin-based Istituto Europeo di Design, who were briefed in autumn 2021 by Alpine to create a concept that at once "embraces the latest-generation technologies" while nodding to the brand's trademark characteristics. IED students have previously created concepts in partnership with Suzuki, Hyundai and Pininfarina.


                The A4810 is a car that embraces next-generation technologies while also championing the traditional characteristics of the Alpine brand that was founded in 1955. A model that is not only technological advanced but also environmentally friendly, the A4810 provides a glimpse into the future supercars.


                The A4810 is a car that embraces next-generation technologies while also championing the traditional characteristics of the Alpine brand that was founded in 1955. A model that is not only technological advanced but also environmentally friendly, the A4810 provides a glimpse into the future supercars.

AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT CAR CREATED FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE


Beyond its outlandish, future-looking design, the A4810 is notable for its adoption of a hydrogen-fuelled drivetrain - a first for the Renault-owned performance brand. Its creators have not said whether this takes the form of a conventional fuel cell electric set-up or a hydrogen-combustion system, but a pair of what appear to be chunky exhaust outlets seem to suggest the latter.


                The French spirit has been skilfully preserved: while avoiding the pitfalls of unnecessary formal elements, designers focussed on the overlapping layers and sculptural aspects of the car's silhouette. The bi-tone colours, matte black, and carbon fibre highlights create a bold contrast with each part of the car, making them stand out according to their function: aerodynamic, mechanical, or merely formal.


                Notably, parent company Renault recently previewed a separate concept crossover that's said to have a "hydrogen engine", suggesting that the French company could follow Toyota in using hydrogen as a means of preserving existing combustion technology.


                The Alpine A4810 Project by IED (length 5,091mm - width 2,010mm - height 1,055mm - wheelbase 2,717mm) is a two-seater supercar with the experimental combination of the shape of a berlinette with a hydrogen powertrain. Furthermore, the A4810 Project by IED was tasked with bringing the brand to the cusp of the sports car category.

                As an overtly futuristic proposal, precise details of the A4810's technical make-up and performance potential have not been given, but the IED says the car is "light yet powerful and agile", with a focus on providing "pure driving pleasure" - characteristics familiar from the A110. 


                Paola Zini, Director of IED Turin, said, "As in previous years, through their most important project, the Masters students have embraced notions of skills transversality and teamwork in a fertile and visionary environment. This is part of the IED DNA and will help prepare students for the challenges the industry will face in the future, and serve as a foundation for their professional success. Alpine's contribution was one of passion, enthusiasm, and constant presence, and marks another milestone in international collaboration. Furthermore, this was an opportunity for students to work under the guidance of Antony Villain, Alpine Design Director, Raphael Linari, Alpine Chief Designer, and a number IED alumni, whom we had the pleasure of seeing again."


                Antony Villain, Alpine Design Director, said, "Collaboration with the Istituto Europeo di Design and its students has been a great experience. It was a 'filter' for us to see the brand through the eyes of the younger generation, but it was also an opportunity to share our passion and know-how, and give them sound advice for a successful career in automotive design."

                "The Alpine A4810 project by IED has been a very exciting experience with IED students and lecturers", added Raphael Linari, Alpine Chief Designer. "The result is a futuristic supercar that explores new territories for the brand in terms of package, proportions, and design language. The different creative approaches of the young talented students combined with IED know-how gave rise to some very interesting responses. Furthermore, the extraordinary final result makes the collaboration a resounding success!"

2022 Alpine A4810 by IED Concept - Hydrogen-powered two-seater supercar 2022 Alpine A4810 by IED Concept - Hydrogen-powered two-seater supercar Reviewed by Dang Nhan on March 19, 2022 Rating: 5

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