Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Renault & Caterham Split Up
The deal between the two sides was forged in 2012, and resulted in Renault putting its Alpine factory in Dieppe and its 300-strong workforce into the 50:50 joint venture with Caterham. The partnership was called the Societe des Automobiles Alpine Caterham (SAAC). As a result, the two were set to launch lightweight two-seat sports cars under the Alpine and Caterham brands, co-developed by a joint engineering department.
It is understood that both sports cars will still be launched on schedule in late 2016, although it is not clear if they will continue to share the same architecture and powertrains. The Alpine has been tipped to get 250bhp, with Caterham saying to be chasing nearer 300bhp. The target kerb weight is 1100kg.
However, reports of tensions between the two partners have been rife since it was confirmed the project would be delayed earlier this year, after Renault instigated a redesign of its Alpine following customer critics on the car’s looks. Neither Renault nor Caterham were available to comment on the split.