Top Gear's Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan took on the famous Monte Carlo Rally in the new Alpine A110, which is the based on the original 110 that Renault quit building in the 1970's. Weighing less than 2,500 lbs., the new version hoped to smoke the competition, but unfortunately those dreams went up in flames.
The aluminum car from France initially appeared to do well on the course. But as Chris Harris recounted, "I'd literally been driving it for a few minutes -- warning light comes on the dashboard -- something about 'Electrical failure.' 'Stop.' Power cuts almost immediately and the first time I knew it was on fire was when I opened the car door and the flames licked straight up my arm."
The car was completely engulfed in flames but luckily no one was injured in the incident. The car Harris was driving was a prototype and afterward Alpine released a statement saying, "This isolated fire incident was caused by a fuel leak. Robust measures have been put in place to ensure that such an incident cannot reoccur."
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