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The Haute-Garonne Gendarmerie Group has had an Alpine A110 since mid-April. A French-made racing car designed to ward off excessive drivers on the motorways and expressways of the department. The discovery of a car that accelerates to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
As close to the ground as possible, painted in dark blue with a crossed-out Gendarmerie Nationale, Alpine A 110 of the department of traffic safety of the Department of Haute-Garonne (EDSR 31) is unlikely to go unnoticed. “When we place it for a fee, it’s really a big success,” smiles Capt. Christophe Barre, EDSR’s second-in-command. But this car, which has been following the expressways of the Haute-Garonne for ten days now, has mostly warded off over-riders.
Alpine A 110 Pure. The model entrusted to the gendarmerie is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 252 hp. Its top speed is claimed at 252 km/h, and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in less than 5 seconds, 4.5 seconds according to tests. According to the senior warrant officer piloting it, with a weight of 1103 kg, its acceleration ability is “very solid”. It is equipped with a “practical” automatic transmission with the ability to shift gears on the steering wheel. An identical car is offered to private individuals at the dealership for 58,500 euros. In the gendarmerie, this car replaced the Megane RS, which served for more than eleven years in the BRI, the rapid reaction brigade, which became the ERI, the rapid reaction brigade.
His missions. This car, of course, can accompany official trips or, in an emergency, transport evidence or donor organs, but its number 1 mission is the fight against speeding. “Speeding more than 40 km/h,” said Capt. Barre. For example, on a highway, you need to drive at 180 km/h for the Alpine to follow you.
Already surprised driver at 204 km/h
His pilot. Chief Warrant Officer Olivier L., 42, has been with the Gendarmerie Rapid Response Team for eleven years. Selected after a series of physical and psychological tests, he was eligible for a week-long circuit training “and retraining every six years”. “At very high speed, you have to predict a lot, in particular the trajectory of movement and the behavior of other motorists,” the non-commissioned officer admits. The pilot systematically works with the co-pilot. The co-pilot is to arrive to reinforce the Haute-Garonne ERI.
Surprised 204 km / h. Only ten days of service and already a “big” speeding ticket for Alpine. Dutch tourists were surprised by the “real” 204 km/h instead of 130 on Sunday afternoon (!), in the Saint-Jory sector, on the highway towards Montauban. The suspension of his driver’s license was immediate, plus 150 euros for the dispatch and immobilization of his Mercedes. “Minimum 7 days, but it will depend on the decision of the prosecutor’s office,” the gendarmes warn.
Sad record: 241 km / h. After eleven years of “hunting” on the highways of the department, the record for a senior warrant officer is 241 km. “Still on the A 62, on the Toulouse-Montauban axis. The drunk driver refused to stop. That didn’t stop us from catching him.” If the average “also affects the increase in gasoline”, the gendarmes mark months of speeding on the motorway, some still press hard, especially in the evenings. It’s at nightfall, when the going gets smooth, that Alpine pulls out its hood and its 252 horsepower.