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    Mi16/GTi6 mid-engined sports coupe

    Hi everyone,

    In case you're not aware already in the early 1990s a Fench magazine called "Echappement" (French for exhaust) conducted a survey of readers asking what they would want a modern interpretation of the Alpine Renault A110 to be. The result of this was the Hommell Berlinette Echappement, built by a guy called Michel Hommell (who happens to be a mega Alpine enthusiast -aren't we all?).

    The Hommell Berlinette is a mid engined space framed sports coupe which uses a tranverse mounted Pug engine and gearbox. The rear suspension is based upon the 405 front suspension. When production began they used a 405Mi16 engine and a Citroen motorsport six speed gearbox. After the 306GTi6 was released, they started using the GTi6 engine and gearbox. This car weighs less than 1000kg and is a pretty fantastic performer.

    In November 1995, Cars and Car Conversions published an article on these cars, which I'm going to send to gibgib to put in the downloads section.

    Do a search in Yahoo for "Hommell Berlinette" and you'll find a few websites with references to these cars.

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    Dave McBean

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    Thanks Dave,
    I have a copy of Echappement with the Hommell in it and I've never been able to work out what it is, its all in French so I had no idea, all I've doing is studying the pictures but now I know, thanks Dave.

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    Sorry, I got something wrong. The six speed gearboxes, for the Hommell Berlinette, were always made in a Peugeot workshop/factory. It is the spaceframes which were made in a Citroen workshop. I just noticed this mistake when I checked out the copy of the magazine article which gibgib has now put in the downloads section.

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    The Alpine/ Hommell article is in the downloads section now.
    I was interupted (by work) otherwise all of what you sent Dave would be there by now Hopefully finish tonight

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    gibgib,

    Thanks for putting it up so quickly. I know I sent you quite a bit of stuff, so I'll understand if some of it isn't on the site for a while. I've got plenty more stuff.
    Thanks again.

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    It actually doesn't take too long to do once I have it happening.
    Some of the images are of large file size so if you country folk have a slow connection, you might want to grab a coffee while it comes in

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