RENAULT-ALPINE AT LE MANS 2013 - OFFICIAL!
Expect to see blue and yellow back at La Sarthe - as early as this year!
The new chassis will be developed in conjunction with Renault-Alpine partner Caterham, meaning both companies will be able to bring to bear their collective experiences with their own F1 teams and single-marque race series. In other words, the new chassis won't be a toe-in-the-water job; indeed, it has the potential to be a real contender, and both companies will be aiming for this to be a mainstream campaign, rather than an attack on the establishment from the fringes.
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, and sources indicate that it could well continue with a full-blown Renault-Alpine LMP1 entry in future years.
The new LMP2 car, meanwhile, will be unveiled in late March, and will make its competitive debut at the first round of the ELMS at Silverstone on 13 April.
ALPINE IN ENDURANCE RACING
Although more readily associated with rallying, the Alpine brand also has a comprehensive history in the endurance classes, culminating in outright victory at Le Mans in 1978. Here are some stats that should help give you full bragging rights at the pub this weekend:
|Years Active:||1963-1969, 1973-1978|
|Le Mans Wins:||1 outright, 7 class, 3 ‘Efficiency Index’, 2 ‘Performance Index’|
|Other Endurance Wins:||Nurburgring 500km (1965), Macau GP (1966), Casablanca GP (1968)|
|Championships:||French Sportscar (1963, 1964); European 2-Litre Sportscar (1974) – 7 race wins|