Alpine took advantage of the showcase of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to unveil its Hypercar A424_β< /strong> destined to compete in the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024. Starting next year, in fact, the French car manufacturer will compete in the in the queen category of the WEC where he will have to; contend, for example, with Toyota and Ferrari.
The car that is was shown was not shown. still in its final version. Indeed, the presence of the letter β in the name it indicates the last phase before launch. Competing in the top class of the Endurance World Championship and trying to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans could prove to be a very important marketing tool as Alpine is working to broaden its presence around the world thanks to the launch of a series of electric models.
First of all, the name A424_β has a precise meaning: the A followed by three numbers, the first of which is the A424_β a 4, respects the tradition of victorious Endurance cars, the 24 refers to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2024, while β, as mentioned above, indicates the last phase before launch.
< p> The car is was developed by the French brand in collaboration with the Signatech teamand features a look that recalls that typical of Alpine models. The front, in particular, appears particularly "strong", while at the rear stand out "two A" in the shape of an arrow of great visual impact. The triangular motif also appears, which refers to Alpine snowflakes, highlighting above all the treatment of the rear wing. The sides also draw inspiration from Alpenglow, a true Alpine manifesto.
The carbon fiber frame is; was designed by Oreca. Then we find push-rod double wishbone suspension and electric power steering. The weight, which can be vary depending on the BoP (Balance of Performance), it is of 1,030 kg. The powertrain is; composed of a 3.4-litre V6 turbo engine of approximately 500 kW/675 HP (again according to the BoP) combined with a 50 kW Bosch electric drive. The change is a transverse 7-speed Xtrac plus; reverse gear. Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine, commented:
Born from competition for competition, Alpine has ever-growing ambitious goals. Motorsport isn't just for you. a mere pastime, & egrave; something that runs through our veins and permeates the DNA of our “band of racers”. Forty-five years after our historic victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, our presence owes nothing to chance. This is demonstrated once again today by the presentation of the Alpine A424_ß, which heralds our Hypercar destined to challenge the major competitors starting from next year. Faithful to our values, this prototype projects Alpine into the future, while being part of the family of our creations, starting with Alpenglow and the A290_ß. Refined, elegant and distinctive with its emblematic and iconic design, it embodies our present but also the future, thanks to the involvement and investment of our designers in its development.
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