The partnership between Alpine and Caterham goes way beyond producing a sports car together, as the French firm announced their plans to compete in Le Mans 24 hours and other European endurance series. They also released a teaser for their new LMP2 prototype car.
The recently-created Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterhamhas teamed up with Signatech to enter an Alpine LMP2 car in five rounds of this year’s ELMS. The car will have an Alpine chassis powered by a 500hp Nissan engine.
The Alpine racer will be driven by Pierre Ragues and Nelson Panciatici, with a third hot shot drive to be added for the Le Mans race.
Alpine Caterham will also be working on their new sports car which is expected to reach the market in 2016.
Said Carlos Tavares: “Alpine’s return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 marks the beginning of a new adventure which is set to last. The passion that drives us is matched only by the humility and careful attention paid to costs that epitomise this comeback which itself has been made possible thanks to the involvement of our partners and supporters who I would like to thank formally here. Together, step by step, we will do our very best to write another exciting page in the history of Alpine, a truly outstanding name in the world of French sports cars.”