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Trevor Collett | Jun, 27 2013 | 1 Comment

Caterham is set to unveil a Renault Alpine-based concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, according to reports out of Europe this week.

Despite rumours that the joint venture between Renault and Caterham was on thin ice, the project is going ahead as planned and both companies have signed off on a jointly owned factory in France. An expansion of the original deal is also expected.

A company insider told Britain’s Autocar that the Caterham concept would have a “distinctively British” look and that it will differ significantly from the Alpine.

"It will look British and it will be recognisable as coming from Caterham," the source said.

"Our goal is to launch Caterham as a global brand and, to do that, we need to make a splash."

It has been well documented that the Alpine car will target Alfa Romeo's 4C and the Lotus Evora, but now it seems the Caterham version also has the Porsche Cayman in its sights, as the two will likely be in the same price bracket.

This complements earlier comments from Renault’s design chief, Laurens van den Acker, who reportedly compared the Alpine to the Porsche 911 in terms of a base upon which to build the brand.

Mr van den Acker has also reportedly echoed the Caterham company insider, saying the Renault and Caterham versions will look significantly different.

"They will not look like each other," Mr van den Acker said. "This is not a joint project in the spirit of the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ."

Renault says its Alpine version of the joint venture will go on sale in 2016, with rumours of a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing nearly 210kW and a slender weight of around 1000kg yet to be confirmed.

 
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