The endurance racing world is about to witness a groundbreaking shift as the iconic brand, Alpine, unveils its latest creation: the Alpine A424_β. Born from relentless ambition and decades of technical mastery, this racing car reaffirms Alpine’s place at the apex of motorsport.
Embodying a Legacy of Racing Excellence
Alpine has consistently strived for the pinnacle, reflecting the aspirations of its founder, Jean Rédélé. Born from the competition, the brand maintains a presence in several FIA-labelled World Championships, thanks to its innovative strategy and dynamic approach to racing.
The unveiling of the Alpine A424_β, the forerunner of the brand’s Hypercar, is a testament to Alpine’s ongoing commitment to the world of racing. As the brand’s future symbol, the A424_β combines elegance, racy design, and iconic representation, all while building on Alpine’s prestigious lineage.
Introducing the Alpine A424_β
Sixty years since its first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alpine has launched the A424_β, its challenger for the premier class of the FIA Endurance World Championship. The A424_β is not only an embodiment of the brand’s DNA but also a promising glimpse into its future.
With distinctive features like Alpine’s future lighting signature, an assertive front end, and a pair of impactful A-arrows at the rear, the A424_β captures the essence of Alpine’s automotive artistry both aesthetically and technically. The design pays homage to its predecessors while showcasing its novel direction.
Unveiling the Genesis of A424_β
This project took off in September 2020 when Alpine announced its return to endurance racing’s premier class. A crucial step was taken in October 2021 with the decision to enter the Hypercar/LMDh category with two cars in 2024.
The design process began in November 2021, with the Design Office drafting the initial sketches. The first engine dyno runs took place in December 2022, and by June 2023, Alpine had presented the A424_β, marking a significant milestone.
A Collaborative Effort: Chassis and Engine
Working in collaboration with Oreca and Mecachrome, Alpine’s A424_β boasts a 3.4-litre single-turbo V6 engine, making it the only one with such a configuration in the LMDh class. The synergy with F1 is evident in the LMDh software, inspired by F1, and the integration of the engine, dynamic operation, and energy management.
Driving the Future with the Alpine A424_β
The Alpine A424_β promises a lot more than mere racing excitement. This hypercar prototype designed at Viry-Châtillon signifies Alpine’s determination to extend its track record and attract new customers. With Signatech as their partner, Alpine also hopes to draw in other teams to compete on several fronts, including across the Atlantic in IMSA.
Ready to Race: Technical Specifications
The Alpine A424_β boasts an impressive combination of power and precision. The carbon fibre and honeycomb body shell house a V6 single turbo engine capable of generating 675 horsepower. The dry sump lubrication, 7-speed gearbox, and Michelin tyres complete this beast of a car, promising an adrenaline-fueled performance on the track.
As the brand gears up for the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the racing world waits with bated breath for the A424_β’s debut. The stage is set for a new era of endurance racing, where tradition.