Pre-Production Alpine A110 Bursts Into Flames During Top Gear Shoot
Top Gear presenters Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan narrowly evaded injury when a pre-production Alpine A110 caught fire while the duo participated in last week’s Monte Carlo Rally. Apparently the two had been blasting down stage SS17 when the engine warning light came on. Sometime later, flames were seen beneath the vehicle and the two were advised to pull over immediately.
Fire crews were unable to control the blaze and the car ended up completely obliterated. Alpine and Renault have said they are conducting a full investigation to see what went wrong but are currently attributing the mishap to a “technical incident.” They are also suspending all testing of pre-production models until they can determine the true cause of the fire.
“I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm,” Harris explained in the BBC’s brief summary of the incident. “Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”
Both presenters said they were pleased with how the car had been performing during the test and were dismayed that it could not be saved. “Doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a dream come true for me. The car was stunning — so light on its toes. It was dancing around the mountain and Chris was driving it beautifully,” Jordan said. “It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”
While safety crews attempted to contain the fire with handheld extinguishers, they barely impeded its swift progress. Reports cite that the A110 had burned up within four minutes. By the time the fire department arrived, roughly an hour later, there was nothing left of the car.
[Images: Renault; BBC]
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