No question about it, the latest A110 Legende GT has reconfirmed our love of all things Alpine. Pricey it may very well be, but Matt says it's not far short of sublime - and we believe him. Of course the A110 is still just an opening salvo; Renault's plans for Alpine are hugely more ambitious than a comparatively (possibly unfairly) low volume mid-engine sports car.
On top of the F1 team that already bears its name and a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alpine has confirmed that it will enter the new Hypercar class in 2024. Like Audi, Porsche and BMW, it has opted to configure its entrant for the LMDh regulations - which means that the manufacturer will continue its current partnership with the French Signatech team.
It's 43 years since Alpine took the top step at Le Mans, but the Oreca-built Rebellion R13 it fielded this year took third place overall, and Alpine says it will use an Oreca chassis for its two-car lineup in 2024. As per the rules for LMDh, the entries will feature a bespoke engine that will be developed at Viry-Châtillon, and benefit from the experience the manufacturer has accrued in F1.
In addition to the powertrain, Alpine says the hypercar will benefit from the aerodynamic expertise situated at Enstone. It also cites the 'equal terms' of the LMDh regulations as a key reason for its entry - alongside the possibility of selling cars to customer teams. For the rest of us, the prospect of Alpine going head-to-head with cars fielded by Porsche and BMW is what makes the new hypercar class such an exciting evolution of endurance racing.
"Alpine's Endurance programme highlights the brand's commitment and ambition to motorsport. By competing in both Formula 1 and Endurance, Alpine will be one of the rare brands competing in both of motorsport's pinnacles. We will get the best out of Formula 1 and Endurance racing through technical and technological synergies to get the edge over prestigious rivals," said Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi.
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