Renault and Caterham Group announce a partnership to design and
build sports vehicles
- Renault and Caterham Group today announced their decision
to join forces in pursuit of a common project: to design develop
and build future sports vehicles. This agreement reflects a similar
passion and expertise in sports and motorsports vehicles.
- The future vehicles will be distinctive, differentiated, and
carry the respective DNA of Alpine and Caterham Cars, the
automotive division of Caterham Group. They will be built at the
Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy, in France.
- The Caterham Group will own 50% stake in the Automobiles
Alpine Renault company, currently 100 % held by Renault SAS. The
Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, which will be resulting
from this partnership, shall be created in January 2013. It will be
managed by Bernard Ollivier
- This project, which ensures the Dieppe Plant a sustainable
future, was made possible thanks to the incentive and to the
substantial support and commitment provided by the French State and
the Région Haute Normandie which also involved the contribution of
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault: "This
innovative partnership with Caterham embodies a longstanding
ambition: the creation of a sports car with the Alpine DNA. It
carries both opportunities for the Dieppe plant and the development
of its historic know-how."
Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman: "I
have not felt as excited about a new venture since I launched
AirAsia in 2001 and I want to thank Carlos Ghosn and Carlos Tavares
and everyone in our new Renault family for having the belief in
Caterham Group to create this partnership. Many people doubted us
11 years ago when we launched our airline and I am sure that there
will be doubters again this time, but we will not fail your trust.
We know the markets we are going into and, particularly in my
playground in Asia, there is a huge opportunity to replicate the
AirAsia model and give consumers access to exciting, affordable
products that marry our interests in F1 and technology and help
make their dreams come true."
Carlos Tavares, COO of Renault: "Our ambitions
of reviving Alpine depended on our ability to find a partner in
order to ensure the economic profitability of such an adventure.
Right from the start, we wanted to place the Dieppe plant at the
heart of the project. Today, through our partnership with Caterham
Group, we can enter a new phase: the design of a vehicle that
will embody the very essence of Alpine, a vehicle that will
rekindle sporting passion once more. It could become a reality
within the next three or four years."
Kamarudin Meranun, Caterham Group Deputy
Chairman: "Formula 1 was always our entry point into the
car business. Our original plans to develop a partnership with
Lotus were put aside in spectacular and well documented style, but
now we have a far better chance to develop Caterham Cars in
partnership with Renault, working with Caterham Technology who are
also integrally involved in this new venture. Our F1 team has
already been working successfully with Renault Sport F1 since the
start of the 2011 F1 season and I am thrilled that now we are
adding to our track partnership by joining forces with Renault on
the road. Together with Renault we have now created an opportunity
for Caterham Cars to grow into the next stage of its development
from a very well respected niche brand into a serious player on the
global motoring map."
Bernard Ollivier, CEO of Société des Automobiles Alpine
Caterham: "I'm very proud of the trust placed in me by
both shareholders. The road map for each car is clear and simple:
respect the DNA of both Alpine and Caterham Cars. With the passion
and expertise of the staff dedicated to this project, we are sure
of meeting this aim."
Development ambitions targeting the sports vehicle
Following a feasibility study on the joint development of a sports
car conducted by Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology
& Innovation (CTI - the engineering and technology business of
Caterham Group), Renault and Caterham Group will combine their
skills to build models in large and small series, in order to widen
their positioning on the sports vehicle market. The objective for
each company is to launch its own vehicle in this market within the
next three to four years.
An innovative and complementary partnership as part of a
- Renault and Caterham Group will each bring their respective
technical skills to the development of the future products through
a newly-created joint Engineering Department. They will split the
required engineering and industrial investments on a 50-50 basis in
the spirit of a true partnership.
- Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham will be able to draw upon
the expertise of Renault, Renault Sport Technologies and CTI in the
development of its future products.
Shared values based on a passion for
Alpine: Jean Rédélé, pilot, businessman and
automotive pioneer, founded Alpine in 1955. Alpine's manufacturing
and racing adventure started with the A106 coach based on the
platform and engine of the Renault 4 CV. The Alpine DNA is based on
nimble, lightweight, high-performance vehicles with flowing lines:
a formula that works well for both road and racing cars. The
ever-young A110 - celebrating its 50th birthday - is probably the
most iconic of Alpine's road cars. During its existence, Alpine
sold 30,000 road sports cars. For several decades, it also carried
high Renault's sporting colours. Among other victories, Alpine was
World rally champion in 1973, winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in
1973 and 1974 and of the Le Mans 24-hour event in 1978. Its
sporting record includes many prestigious victories. Alpine ranks
among the sporting legends.
Caterham Cars: The DNA that runs through every
Caterham can be traced back to the 1950s, when its first vehicle,
the Seven, was designed. Caterham Cars has inspired passion and
emotion ever since. It embodies the essence of what a sports car
should be. Today, that philosophy continues to guide Caterham Cars,
making 'accessible fun' a reality for sports car buyers across the
Every weekend, over a thousand competitors race Caterham vehicles
on tracks around the world, from Silverstone and Brands Hatch to
Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. Today, building on its racing heritage and
40 years of experience in road cars, Caterham Cars is able to
combine its engineering excellence with the manufacturing and
production capabilities of Renault to create a Caterham vehicle of
even greater potential. This new vehicle will still possess the
fundamental DNA of the Seven, which remains in production in
At the heart of the project: the Alpine plant in Dieppe,
The Dieppe plant will play a central role in the partnership
between Renault and Caterham Group, at the heart of the sporting
passion shared by the two partners. This is where the future sports
vehicles of Renault and Caterham will be built. The project is a
development opportunity for the Dieppe site, from the standpoint
not only of production, but also the acquisition of a prized and
unique expertise. The Alpine plant in Dieppe is currently dedicated
to building the vehicles developed by Renault Sport Technologies,
both production (Clio R.S.) and racing models.
The Dieppe plant, built in 1969, is the historical home of the
Alpine brand which gave birth to such legendary models as the
Berlinette. Its core business is the assembly of sport vehicles,
the assembly and sale of motorsports cars, and the sale of spare
parts for motorsports vehicles, including at sports events. Its
flexibility and ability to adapt are just two of the specific
characteristics that enable it to produce vehicles in small runs.
With a workforce of over 300 and a surface area of 76,000 m² of
which 36,900 m² is built up, the plant has produced more than 400
000 vehicles since 1969.
For more information, see futurecaterham.com
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