French manufacturer Alpine announced on Tuesday that it is entering the Hypercar category of the FIA World Endurance Championship for four years, starting in 2024.
The plan calls for Alpine to enter two LMDh cars in the Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship. The car will have an Oreca chassis and an Alpine engine. Alpine plans to leverage its current involvement in Formula 1 to be useful as it begins to develop its hypercar powertrain.
Alpine Racing manufacturer and long-time partner Signatech will also be on board to assist Alpine in the new project.
Signatech and Alpine have won several major sports car victories since joining forces in 2013, including those in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with driver and team titles in 2013 and 2014. In WEC, the collaboration has two LMP2 world titles. (2016 and 2019) as well as three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category (2016, 2018 and 2019), plus a podium in the Hypercar category at Le Mans this year.
According to Tuesday’s announcement, Alpine and its partner Signatech intend to remain involved in the WEC until 2024 before committing to the WEC Hypercar category for four years from 2024.
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“The Alpine Endurance program underlines the brand’s commitment and ambition in motorsport,” said Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine. “By competing in both Formula 1 and endurance racing, Alpine will be one of the few brands to be present in the two key disciplines of motorsport. We will make the most of Formula 1 and endurance through technical and technological synergies to gain the advantage over prestigious opponents. “
Alpine, along with drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, is currently in fifth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ standings.
“It is a great pride for Signatech to have been chosen by Alpine for its arrival at LMDh. said Philippe Sinault, team leader at Alpine. “This represents the culmination of a common project that began eight years ago. More than ever, we have great ambitions, and are happy to take our collaboration to another dimension. After a 32-year career in sport automotive, I can’t wait to take on the challenge of the most prestigious manufacturers on the planet, with Alpine, a brand that conveys passion and lives only for victory. ”
Alpine becomes the last manufacturer to enter the Hypercar category, joining Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus, Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, Cadillac, Acura and BMW. Cars in the Hypercar category will also be eligible to race at the highest level of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“Another prestigious brand has joined the Hypercar category, the new first division in endurance racing,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO. “There have been so many announcements over the past year and the latest from Alpine is great news for our discipline. . The Hypercar regulations are a success and we are delighted to see such a quality grid take shape.
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