Alpine Le Mans Racer UnveiledFriday, March 22, 2013 13:37 by Arman Barari
Following their first announcement, Alpine Caterham now reveals the first pictures of the car they will be running at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and European Le Mans Series (ELMS). Sporting Alpine’s classic racing livery, the N.36 car will race under the Signatech-Alpine.
Alpine’s return to the world of motorsport after 35 years is part of the brand’s revival plan. It also includes making new sports car jointly with Caterham, with the first set for a 2016 debut.
The prototype race car is distinguished by its number 36 logo and of course the Alpine colors of striking blue and orange livery which recalls the colours sported by the cars which raced at Le Mans some five decades ago. The team is also ready confirm its 203 driver lineup, which is a mix of youth power and enthusiasm and the experience of and wisdom of older drivers.
The lineup includes Nelson Panciatici, 24, and Pierre Ragues, 29, and 34-year old Tristan Gommend. Paul-Loup Chatin is named as the reserve driver.
“Since the announcement of Alpine’s revival on November 5 last year, we have been moving forward step by step,” said Bernard Ollivier, the Comapny’s CEO. “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!”