More than three decades ago, Alpine used to be a name in endurance racing. Now, after 35 years of absence, they have created the so called Renault Alpine No36, teaming up with Nissan and Signatech. The race car will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Renault Alpine No36 has an aerodynamic look made especially for running on track. The vehicle is equipped with a carbon fiber front splitter and has a huge back spoiler. It can compete very easily in the LMP2 class.
Nissan finds itself guilty of the car’s engine. The Alpine No36 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that is able of producing 500 HP (368 kW). It is connected to a six-speed X-Trac transmission which allows the 900 kg (1,984 lb) race car to reach a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). The proud drivers of the Alpine will be Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Ragues, Tristan Gommendy and Paul-Loup Chatin.
The Renault Alpine No36 will have its official debut on Paul Ricard track, in France, on March 26-27, the time when the official ELMS test days have been scheduled. Only after this event it will run at Le Mans. This is the greatest opportunity to resurrect the brand that Alpine used to be.
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