The French and the British do not seem to be capable of long term partnerships. Just over a year after the Renault-Caterham joint venture became official – and even before they reveal the sports cars duo they were supposed to develop together – the parties decided to go their own separate ways. Do not worry though. The cars are still on track – well, at least the Renault Alpine is – but they will be developed independently.
Renault has apparently confirmed to the union leaders in France that come April they will no longer be in a joint venture with the British firm Caterham. Their plans to launch a modern-day Renault Alpine sports car are intact, however, and they say their collaboration with Caterham in Formula One won’t be affected by this decision, either.
Renault and Caterham were going to build two sports cars with the same underpinnings but different styling and engines. While the Alpine project is likely to carry on as planned with a 250 horsepower engine, it is not clear what will become of the Caterham.
Renault-Caterham joint venture had also created 300 new jobs at Renault’s Dieppe facility, which could vanish along with the partnership, if it wasn’t for the Clio RS project which will go on till 2018.