After a 35-year absence, Alpine is returning to Le Mans with this latest prototype racer.
Renault is getting serious about relaunching its Alpine sportscar sub-brand, and is drumming up excitement by taking to Le Mans. Following initial reports and an official confirmation earlier this month, the French automaker has revealed the Alpine-liveried LMP2 racer at its flagship showroom on the Champs-Elyssees in Paris. The car is essentially the same as the existing Signatech-Nissan prototypes, but wearing Alpine's iconic blue and orange livery.
Powering the LMP2 is a Nissan VK45 V8, the same block you'd find in numerous Infinitis, Nissan trucks as well as the GT1-spec GT-R and the lion's share of other LMP2s on the grid. Armed with Brembo brakes, Michelin rubber and a six-speed X-Trac sequential gearbox, Signatech will field the Alpine A422B bearing the number 36 in the European Le Mans Series this season, with a full three-man assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the summer. The last time Alpine competed was 35 years ago when it won the race, parading the A422B down the same Parisian boulevard in 1978 where its modern-day successor was unveiled this weekend.