Stig Drifts the Alpine A110, Car Feels Like a Clumsy Drift Queen

It feels like the "Stig Drifts" series is coming to an end, seeing that the current video depicts one of the last vehicles showcased as being part of Stig's options. Going into this episode, it was pretty much clear that the Alpine A110 was not going to drift amazingly in any way. But, you should never judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. The Alpine A110 was built for a different purpose, and it's nothing short of amazing at that.
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Obviously, we couldn't miss the chance of seeing the manic Stig do something he isn't supposed to do. And that is drifting a sub-300 horsepower, rear mid-engined French-built piece of equipment. Even though this hommage to the original A110 that debuted decades ago is quite a light vehicle, coming in at around 2,400 lbs (1,100 kg), it does have two problems, for what drifting purposes concern at least.

Rear mid-engine vehicles have never really made their way into the drift scene. Not that they're not capable of going sideways around a corner, but their weight distribution comes in as a big issue: 44% on the front axles and 56% on the rear axles. Now, they've tried drifting the Porsche 993 GT2, they've tried drifting the Toyota MR2, and we could probably include a few more RMR vehicles in here, but the results were never there.

Granted, if cars are constantly on your mind, and you dream about that perfect lap around the Nordschleife in something truly special, just seeing the Alpine A110 by itself is enough to get intrigued. Stig was the obvious choice once again, as he sits behind the wheel of the little 249 horsepower French contraption, anxious to have it momentarily lose traction before countersteering it down the right path.

As expected, he is facing a mountain, which he cannot surpass even with the most godlike of skills. The Alpine A110 clearly doesn't enjoy being driven that way, and nor does it look very easy to recover from a mistake if you're pushing it too hard. Although the producers label the sideways action as "great", the Alpine A110 is a likely candidate for the title of "Clumsy Drift Queen".

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About the author: Dragos Chitulescu
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The things Dragos enjoys the most in life are, in no particular order: cars, motorcycles, diecast cars, and drifting. He's seen (and driven) many vehicles since he started his writing career back in 2009, but his garage currently houses a 1991 Mazda RX-7 FC3S Turbo II and a 1999 Suzuki SV650-S.
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