Renault has taken the covers off its Alpine-branded entry for the 2013 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
Wearing the race number 36, it will be the first Alpine-branded racer to compete in the French enduro since the sports carmaker claimed victory in 1978.
Teased with a single image earlier this month, Alpine’s racer is resplendent in classic Alpine blue with orange highlights, while the red, white and blue stripes of the French flag also feature.
The racer’s livery also includes the same A-L-P-I-N-E lettering and modern take on the ‘A’ logo seen on the A110-50 concept - likely hinting at the eventual road car’s branding.
Effectively an updated version of the Nissan-backed Signatech LMP2 chassis raced in 2012, the Alpine will continue to use a race-prepped 373kW version of Nissan’s 4.5 litre VK45DE V8.
This engine is essentially a smaller version of the 5.0 litre VK56DE-based units used by Nissan Motorsport’s Altima V8 Supercars.
The Alpine race program is the latest step in the revival of the classic French sports car nameplate, which is set to result in a new Renault/Caterham-developed road car by 2016.
Number 36 will make its public debut at this week’s ELMS test day at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, before its race debut at Silverstone in the UK on April 13.
ELMS drivers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues will then be joined by Tristan Gommendy for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
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