N°36 Alpine breaks cover ahead of 2013 Le Mans

Article by Anita Panait, on March 25, 2013

Residents and visitors in Paris, France are being invited to relive a unique piece of history by coming to the ‘No Limit!’ exhibition, which is open to the viewing public at L’Atelier Renault. The ‘No Limit!’ exhibition will feature the Alpine-Renault A442B that won the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours. The racing vehicle was paraded down the Champs-Elysées around 35 years ago as part of the celebration of its success in the premier endurance race, where it was piloted by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi.

The Champs Elysees premises also provided the ideal backdrop for the unveiling of the new Alpine prototype that will be competing in 2013 endurance racing season.

Société des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham chief executive Bernard Ollivier and Signatech-Alpine team principal Philippe Sinault lifted the veil off the prototype, revealing a striking blue-and-orange livery that recalls the colors donned by the Alpines that raced at Le Mans around five decades ago. The ‘No Limit!’ exhibition is open to the public in Paris until April 7, 2013.

The N°36 Alpine will make its first track appearance at the official ELMS test days at Paul Ricard, France, on March 26-27. NThe new car is powered by a Nissan V8 engine (type VK45) capable to deliver 500 hp and mated to a six-speed sequential X-Trac gearbox. With a weight of 900 kg, the car is capable of a top speed of 330 km/h.

“Since the announcement of Alpine’s revival on November 5 last year, we have been moving forward step by step,” said Bernard Ollivier. “The unveiling of this splendid car marks the beginning of another phase. It will turn a wheel for the first time very soon, and its maiden race will follow shortly afterwards. The news of our endurance racing programme received a very positive welcome, not only from diehard Alpine enthusiasts, but also from the world of motor racing in general. We can hardly wait to see our brand’s colours in action!”

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