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 |  Mar 11 2013, 10:31 AM

For the first time in 35 years, Renault will be competing in the European Le Mans Series this year with its Alpine brand.

With Alpine’s first new production car expected to hit the market in 2016, Renault is hoping to drum up interest through racing in the mean time, including an entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In the past, Alpine competed in the world famous 24-hour endurance race 11 times between 1963 to 1978, running a total of 55 factory cars. In total, the Alpine brand collected seven class wins, and an outright victory in 1978 with the Alpine A442B prototype.

For this return to Le Mans, Alpine has teamed up with Signatech and the team will enter with an Alpine LM P2 prototype powered by a 500 hp Nissan engine for the five rounds of the European Le Mans Series.

“Alpine’s return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 marks the beginning of a new adventure which is set to last,” said Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer Renault. “The passion that drives us is matched only by the humility and careful attention paid to costs that epitomise this comeback which itself has been made possible thanks to the involvement of our partners and supporters who I would like to thank formally here. Together, step by step, we will do our very best to write another exciting page in the history of Alpine, a truly outstanding name in the world of French sports cars.”

GALLERY: Renault Alpine Returns to Le Mans Series

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  • Kris

    The Renault engine was originally called “the tea pot” and no one thought it could beat the V*s. I saw it win in 1978 against a fierce Martini Porsche team. This is wonderful that at last they are returning to excitement!

  • Kris

    that is victory against V8 and V 12s….