Following its announcement that it will be taking part in both the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and European Le Mans Series (ELMS), Signatech Alpine revealed its racing prototype which will be seen in action at the L’Atelier Renault in Paris, France.
Known as the No 36 Alpine, this vehicle will be seen for the very first time on test days of ELMS to be held on 26th and 27th of March 2013. Alpine will be returning to the circuit after a period of 35 years and will seen drivers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues share the car after every round at the European le Mans Series. They will be joined by Tristan Gommendy for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Société des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham’s CEO Bernard Ollivier had this to say, “Since the announcement of Alpine’s revival on November 5 last year, we have been moving forward step by step.” “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!”
Philippe Sinault, Signatech-Alpine Team Principal said, “I am extremely proud to be representing Alpine, but it as an honour which goes hand in hand with significant responsibilities.” “The next step is to take the car to Paul Ricard where our work will begin in earnest. Our aim is to be competitive in endurance racing’s highly competitive LMP2 class. We will use the different test sessions that are planned, as well as the first two rounds of the ELMS, to prepare for June’s Le Mans 24 Hours which is clearly the focal point of the season.”
The Alpine-Renault A442B which helped the team win in the 1978 edition of the Le Mans 24 hours is being displayed at an exhibition being held at L’Atelier Renault till the 7th of April. Frenchman Paul-Loup Chatin has been chosen as the team reserve driver. These drivers have experience and are raring to get behind the wheel of the No 36 Alpine.