Alpine continues with its renovation

The French brand shows the A480, the hypercar with which they will compete in the top category of the WEC with a design similar to Alonso's A521.


Alpine's goal to once again be a major motorsport brand is taking shape. You have to see how their cars behave on the track, but for now it unifies its most important models, Formula 1 and World Endurance, with a shared design using the colors of the French flag to make their teams recognizable. He first showed the A521 that Alonso and Ocon tested in the Bahrain test and now they do the same with the A480, the hypercar with which they will compete in the top category of the WEC.

Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere will be the three drivers of the Alpine number 36 with an Oreca chassis, with a 4.5 V8 engine supplied by Gibson Technology and Michelin tires. The first two is the usual pair of the French manufacturer in the Resistance and, in fact, they already won the LMP2 title in the 2018/2019 season when the brand's partner was still Signatech (now Elf and Matmut are). Meanwhile, Frenchman Vaxiviere joins the team with four appearances at Le Mans and two full seasons in the WEC.

"Motorsport is inseparable from Alpine. Since our return to endurance racing in 2013, this adventure has brought us great thrills, with fabulous victories. After eight years of success, it is time to join the upper class as the brand starts anew. Regulatory developments offer us the opportunity to express our passion, demonstrate our technical knowledge and our expertise in a fair and profitable setting, "says Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine.

For his part, Philippe Sinault, Team Principal, adds: "Alpine's history is full of challenges. Since 2013, we have tested ourselves step by step and proved that we are capable of defending Alpine colors at the highest level. "Challenge is part of this mindset. We are determined to rise to this exciting and incredibly motivating challenge to once again anchor Alpine in the pantheon of French and international motorsports." And they want to achieve that by standing out in F1 and Le Mans. Will they make it?

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