Alpine A220 race car
1968 to 1969
Fixed head coupé
Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
At the end of 1967 Jean Rédélé and his technicians had limited to the construction of racing cars with a maximum engine capacity of 1.5 liters. For the sports car race in 1968, especially for the endurance race at Le Mans , the team developed a 3-liter racing car.
This request was made for possible by a new Gordini engine. Gordini combined two 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engines into a conventional V8 engine with four chain driven overhead camshafts. . In the first variant, the unit received four Weber carburetors, which were replaced in 1969 by an injection system. The carburetor V8 engine produced 228 kW (310 hp), the injection engine 257 kW (350 hp). The gearbox was a 5-speed ZF circuit used.
The chassis and body were adopted by the A210 and adapted so that the heavy and wider engine could be integrated into the chassis.
The A220 made its debut in the spring of 1968 at a national sports car race in France. It quickly turned out that the car was underpowered for the 3-liter class. In addition, although the lightweight, aerodynamic fiberglass body was perfect for the A210, it was oversteer in the faster and heavier A220.
In Le Mans in 1968 four A220 André de Cortanze and Jean Vinatier reached the finish. With the eighth overall, the car was at the finish in front of three A210, but the hoped for podium could not reach the car.
When no A220 finished in Le Mans in 1969 , the project was abandoned at the end of 1969, despite some victories at smaller events.
Alpine A220 Technical details
- Engine: Renault Gordini T62 V8 cast-iron block, aluminium alloy head
- Location: Mid, longitudinally mounted
- Displacement 2,996 cc / 182.8 cu in
- Compression 10.5:1
- Fuel feed 4 Weber Carburettors
- Power 310 bhp / 231 kW @ 8,000 rpm
- Chassis:steel tubular spaceframe
- Suspension:double wishbones, coil springs over dampers
- Gearbox: ZF 5 speed Manual
- Clutch: Dr single plate
- Drive:Rear wheel drive
- Weight 680 kilo / 1,499 lbs
- Length: 4,640 mm (182.7 in)
- Width:1,690 mm (66.5 in)
- Height: 1,030 mm (40.6 in)
- Wheels: 9 x 15 front / 11 x 15 frear
- Top Speed 330 km/h (205 mph)