After announcing that it will return to Le Mans after a 35-year hiatus, Alpine-Renault has unveiled its N°36 race car that will make its track debut at the official European Le Mans Series (ELMS) test days at Paul Ricard, France, on March 26-27.
Powered by a Nissan V8 engine, the N°36 packs 500 hp that’s transferred through a six-speed sequential X-Trac gearbox. Weighing in at 1,984 pounds, the N°36 has a top speed of 205 mph.
Drivers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues will be behind the wheel of the new race car, and joining them at the Le Mans 24 Hours will be Tristan Gommendy. All three French drivers rose up through the ranks of the French automaker’s single-seater formula and combined have 10 previous appearances at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Reserve driver will be Paul-Loup Chatain.
“Since the announcement of Alpine’s revival on November 5 last year, we have been moving forward step by step,” said Bernard Ollivier, Alpine-Caterham’s CEO. “The unveiling of this splendid car marks the beginning of another phase. It will turn a wheel for the first time very soon, and its maiden race will follow shortly afterwards. The news of our endurance racing programme received a very positive welcome, not only from diehard Alpine enthusiasts, but also from the world of motor racing in general. We can hardly wait to see our brand’s colours in action!”
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