Alpine debuted the A424_β show car at the beginning of June and has been accelerating its preparations around the future LMDh (Le Mans Daytona h) built for the premier Hypercar category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The collaboration between Alpine’s Design and Racing departments is the first of its kind and will challenge the biggest names in motorsport from next year with its unique styling underlined by iconic lighting cues. It stays within the vision that was revealed at 24 Hours of Le Mans and will be the first Alpine to enter the hybrid era in Endurance.
Throughout the summer Alpine will be working behind the scenes to meet the challenge of the premier category. The A424 is nearing its final configuration after months of studying, being put to the test and through the dynos thanks to the collaboration with Mecachrome, a world leader in high-precision mechanics.
Alpine have opted to work with a number of specialists in order to give themselves the best possible chance at the highest level. This includes Mecachrome for the engine, Oreca for the chassis, and Philippe Sinault’s Signatech team for on-track operations alongside their own racing engineers.
The 3.4 litre turbocharged V6 engine recently arrived at Oreca’s workshops to begin the integration with the first A424 chassis. This will provide the required and regulated 500kW (675bhp) and is coupled with an Xtrac gearbox. The vehicle was given its first fire up on Wednesday 5th July at 12:15pm and rewarded everyone involved with its melody.
The team have already begun work on simulators to validate the coherence of the simulated A424 model, its onboard software and tyres and will then conduct a realistic analysis of its preliminary settings before the first runs.
Bruno Famin, VP of Alpine Motorsports commented “We are really looking forward to seeing the Alpine A424 on track for the first time. It will really come to life after months of hard work behind the scenes by the Alpine Racing teams alongside our partners. The programme is proceeding according to plan, with the first fire-up and our first simulator sessions. We are now entering a phase where the target is to understand our package so that we can fine-tune it, improve its reliability, optimise it in all areas and evaluate our different technical options. The steps we have already taken were only the first milestones, and the bulk of the work remains. The Alpine Racing and Signatech teams will use all their recognised skills to launch this development process over the summer and beyond.”