Alpine renames its race car image

Alpine has just decided to rename its n°36 into the A450, just a few weeks after officially pulling the wraps off its body.

The announcement has been recently made by the French based automaker Renault, who said that the A450 name is paying tribute to other racers made by the company. The Alpine A450, previously the Alpine n°36, will celebrate its racing debut at Silverstone.

“The name Alpine A450 stood out as a natural choice for this prototype which will contest the ELMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours. It pays tribute to the A441, A442 and A443 which raced at and – in the case of the A442B – won at Le Mans in the 1970s”, said the Renault COO, Carlos Tavares.

As a quick reminder, the Alpine A450 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine, made by Nissan, which is producing a total output of 500 HP (368 kW). The unit is mated to a six-speed X-Trac transmission, which is allowing the racer to reach a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). The 900 kg (1,984 lb) Alpine A450 will be run by Signatech-Alpine team and it will be driven by Pierre Ragues and Nelson Panciatici.