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Country of origin:France
Introduced in:2017
Designed by:Oreca
Predecessor:Alpine A460
Successor:Alpine A480
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 28, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThree weeks after the new Alpine A110 Première Edition was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Alpine present its motorsport programme for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The Brand's stunning new showroom in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, was chosen as the venue to unveil the Alpine A470, alongside last year's World Championship-winning A460 and the A110 Première Edition.

For Alpine fans, 2016 season is still very fresh in the memory. In addition to race wins at Spa-Francorchamps, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nürburgring and Austin, the three drivers - Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stéphane Richelmi - also showed great consistency throughout the season to win the LMP2 Drivers' and Teams' titles.

After sweeping all before them last year, it would have been unthinkable for Alpine not to defend its titles. A little over two weeks before the start of the 2017 season, the French marque unveiled its formidable line-up!

"This year, with the commercial launch of the new Alpine A110 and after such a magnificent season in 2016, we hope and expect that the success of the Signatech Alpine Matmut team in Endurance will be a major boost for our marketing strategy. The A110 bears all the hallmarks of the Alpine brand, for which racing is extremely important," emphasized Michael Van der Sande, Managing Director of Alpine.

For the 2017 season, the LMP2 category has undergone a major transformation, with the application of new technical regulations and a new generation of cars with substantially improved performance.

The FIA has homologated four chassis and chosen a single engine supplier for all competitors. The Alpine A470s will therefore be powered by 600bhp V8 engines supplied by Gibson Technology.

The Alpine A470 chassis reuses the monocoque design and some mechanical components from the A460. Oreca's work focused on integrating the new powertrain and on aerodynamics. Obtained following extensive work using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), the contours of the A470 reveal a level of refinement never previously attained on cars in the LMP2 category!

After development testing, Nicolas Lapierre was unable to contain his enthusiasm: "With a car like the Alpine A470, the LMP2 class is really entering a new era. The feeling behind the wheel was very good straight away. The attention that has been paid to every detail is impressive and it means that the handling is excellent. I can't wait to get back out on the track."

With ten cars competing in the World Championship, the LMP2 category is certain to be very hotly contested. The fact that all the teams have very similar equipment means that performance levels are likely to be very close. It will come down to the talent of the operations team and the drivers to make a difference!

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