As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations Alpine released a new show car, to celebrate the legendary tuning brand’s heritage.
The car, appropriately coined ‘Celebration’, was appropriately unveiled at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour event in France, lapping the circuit in front of over 263,000 live spectators.
“As we mark Alpine’s 60th anniversary, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has generously granted us an exclusive opportunity to unveil the Alpine Celebration show car,” explained Alpine CEO, Bernard Ollivieir.
“It will complete a lap of this legendary circuit. That’s an immense honour for us and a genuinely emotional occasion. I have no doubt that this will be just as keenly appreciated by Alpine fans and the spectating public in general, some of whom might be discovering the brand for the first time. They will be left with a strong impression of the style and agility of the Alpine Celebration. I am sure they will associate this image with the values that we hold dear and the sporting flame that continues to drive and inspire us.”
Since Jean Rédélé founded the brand, Alpine has always been focused on developing cutting-edge sportscars. In the Celebration it is clear that Alpine aims to continue this commitment.
The prototype is a two-seater coupe with modern flowing lines, wheels that have taken design cues from the legendary A110 and A310 models from the 1970s. Painted in that instantly-recognisable blue, there’s also hints of orange splashed over its exterior, showcasing its lineage to previous Alpine prototypes. Full specifications have not been released, although there is speculation that it will sport a mid-mounted, turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol power unit, possible from the Renault Clio RS, and send power to the rear of the car.
“We envisaged the Alpine Celebration show car as the crowning glory of six decades of Alpine style and motor racing, said Alpine Design Director, Antony Villain. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail. This time, however, we wanted to go even further by reaching out to the hearts of a much broader audience.
“In order to faithfully reproduce the style and driving experience traditionally associated with Alpine, we were always mindful of wanting to develop and evolve our new car in real-world conditions, but in a manner that is synonymous with French motorsport. It would be difficult to imagine a better showcase than the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours circuit to give the Alpine Celebration its first public airing.”
Alpine will attend a number of special events dedicated to its 60th anniversary throughout 2015, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as the ‘Alpine Saga’ reunion in Dieppe.