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Le Mode Track de l’Alpine A110 // Chapitre 5

Le Mode Track de l’Alpine A110 // Chapitre 5


Hello everyone and welcome to the Studio Alpine in Boulogne-Billancourt for the fifth chapter of the Academy by RRG. Today we welcome Pierre Sancinéna, winner of the Alpine Elf Europa Cup 2018. Congratulations Pierre! Thank you Jean-Baptiste! Tell us about your season ! It was an exceptional season, over the course of six weeks we competed on the greatest European race tracks some ferocious competition, but we managed to bring the title home so I’m very pleased. In addition to the Europa Cup, you also shined during the GT4 series, can you tell us more about it ? Yes, those races weren’t initially part of the plan but came beautifully into the picture with several victories during the GT4 French championship and a victory at the GT4 European Series in Bahrain, it was an extraordinary experience. Pierre, you also got to try out the A110 production model on a racing circuit to experiment with the Track mode. Yes, we were on the race track, it was a fantastic experience, I had a lot of fun driving the Alpine A110 in Track mode. Great, let’s go the race track in Dreux with Pierre, who is the ideal pilot to illustrate the capabilities of the car and the much talked about Track mode. We are now on the race track in Dreux near Paris. I am in the company of Gino, the technical adviser from the Studio Alpine in Boulogne who will talk us through the guidelines for using the Track mode. We have several recommendations concerning the tyres and the brakes. Gino, you have the floor. We advise you to use the track mode solely on race tracks and to always follow the safety precautions. Consistently, check the tyre pressure. We recommend 2 BAR (29 PSI) in the front and 2.1 BAR (30 PSI) at the back. Keep in mind possible tyre and brake pad wear before before taking the car onto the track or on the road on your way back. Alright, in case of low grip conditions, what must one do? Well, in case of low adhesion, due to cold temperatures or rain, one must not reduce the tyre pressure. Sometimes, when racing, one can go off track. What should one do if that happens? Before taking the car onto the track, the tow hook must be attached to the front bumper. We are almost ready to go for a drive, do you have any last tips for using the Alpine to its full potential ? Well, warm-up the car; tyres, brakes and engine during the first couple of laps. At the end of the session, also cool-down the car before coming to a final stop. With all these tips, we are now ready to take the wheel. Follow me ! The activation of the track mode requires the use of the paddles on the steering wheel, fastens gear changes and considerably delays the intervention of the electronic assistance systems. The ESC track message appears on the instrument cluster where the display shows histograms rather than circular counters. Beware, the Sports and Track mode are incompatible with the use of cruise control, the Stop and Start function and the automatic illumination of the hazard warning lights in the event of rapid deceleration. With the Track mode, the ESC is partially deactivated, which renders the driving much more fun and playful. How was it Pierre ? It was great, I had a lot of fun on the Dreux circuit with the Track mode. Thank you Gino for all those tips. Thank you Pierre and keep in mind all the safety guidelines on the tracks and that our advisers are available in our Alpine Centres if more information is required. We are back at the Alpine Studio in Boulogne-Billancourt. Pierre, thank you for this experience and for testing the Track mode which has been very instructive. I believe you felt similar sensations to the ones when driving the CUP version of the Alpine. Yes, indeed, I rediscovered similar sensations and the philosophy that I felt throughout the season in terms of agility, sportsmanship and a whole lot of fun behind the wheel ! That’s amazing, because that’s exactly what we are looking for ! This was Pierre and Jean-Baptiste for the fifth chapter of the Academy by RRG. Watch more videos on our YouTube channel and don’t forget to follow the Alpine experience by RRG on social media. See you very soon ! See you soon !

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