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Alpine is Back: Prototype Ready for Le Mans 2013

France’s Alpine LeMans team presented their new prototype that will run in 2013 during the 24 hours of Le Mans and European Le Mans Series championship. The return marks the Alpine brand revival in the automotive world.

2013 Alpine LeMans N°36 Car

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Alpine, the famous French brand owned by Renault, will return to endurance competitions after 35 years of absence. French will push their prototype to the limits in the LMP2 class. The name of Alpine’s machine is simply called N ° 36. First appearance of the new prototype took place yesterday at the Renault Atelier on Champs-Elysees, Paris, while first presence of the model at the workspace will take place, as normal, in weekend – March 26 to 27, at the Paul Ricard circuit.

2013 Alpine LeMans N°36 Car

The Alpine LeMans prototype will be driven by two drivers in the Elms championship (European Le Mans Series), Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues. During the 24 hours of Le Mans, the two pilots will be seconded by Tristan Gommendy.

Alpine’s LeMans prototype is a Nissan named N°36, fitted with a VK45 V8 engine by Nissan, which develops 500 hp. It is completed by a sequential X-Trac six-speed transmission that engages the rear wheels. The braking system is provided by Brembo and Michelin tires were fitted. Length of prototype called “N ° 36” is 4610 mm and its wheelbase is 2870 mm. Width is 1995 mm and weight is 900 kg. Thanks to these features, the model can reach a top speed of 330 km/h. (202mph)

2013 alpine le mans n 36 car side

2013 Alpine LeMans N36 Specs

The new Alpine-Nissan LeMans prototype is built for LMP2 by Signatech and was launched four years before the official relaunch of French’s sports brand. The guys from Signatech have over 22 years of experience in competing race cars and their models boast with 15 titles, 47 poles, 76 wins and 48 records on various circuits.

Good luck Alpine in this year’s European Le Mans Series!

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