Tropical Renault Alpine: The Interlagos .

24 01 2008

In 1964, Willys-Overland produced, under license, a vehicle based on the Renault Alpine 108 in Brazil. It was called “Interlagos”, a tribute to the speed circuit and fans who purchased the car. Although a small engine, the Interlagos is very light, with a body made of plastic reinforced with fiberglass. This has contributed to the first production run of sports cars in the South American country to establish itself as a respectable vehicle. When production ended in 1966, more than 800 were produced and sold. Now, Renault seems to be studying a new version of the Alps, but the designers Brazilian Joao Paulo Cunha Guimaraes and Felipe Melo Coelho has evolved more rapidly and already has a plan to bring back to Interlagos life.

Like its predecessor, the new Interlagos use a Renault engine and will be a low-cost sports car, as all parties are already available and produced in Brazil. The heart of this machine will be the Mégane 2-litre engine capable of producing 142 hp and a torque of 19.2 kg, and managed by a six-speed manual speeds. Other features will celebrate the fans of sports cars: Interlagos will be a two-seater, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car. It will be short, wide and low: 3.87 m long, 1.15 m in height and 1.78 m in width. The weight is less than 1,000 kg designed.

When production begins, plans are to Interlagos export to other countries, such as the United Kingdom. The dates are yet to be defined, because Melo Coelho and are still waiting for serious investors to approach them with a viable proposition. Those interested in participating in this project can visit the website and check its English version. Since the Brazilian market grew 27.8% last year, it may be a good time to invest.

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