Alpine commits to FIA WEC’s Hypercar category from 2024
French manufacturer Alpine has confirmed it will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar category from 2024.
Alpine will enter two LMDh cars in the WEC’s top-tier Hypercar category designed around an Oreca chassis with an Alpine engine developed in Viry-Châtillon. The power unit will benefit from all the expertise from the manufacturer’s exploits in Formula 1.
In addition to the engine, the new car will also benefit from Enstone’s aerodynamic know-how. The engine, chassis and body package will also have the added advantage of technical expertise from both Signatech and the Alpine F1 Team.
Since Alpine’s return to endurance in 2013 with the help of Signatech, the marque has amassed a number of victories. First in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with driver and team titles in 2013 and 2014. Then at the top level in the FIA WEC, with two LMP2 world titles (2016 and 2019) and three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hotly contested LMP2 category (2016, 2018 and 2019), plus a podium in the Hypercar category at Le Mans this year.
Alpine and its partner Signatech intend to remain involved in the WEC until 2024 with the arrival of its new LMDh car and will reveal their plans until then in due course.
The manufacturer has also stated that the team intends to commit to the WEC’s Hypercar category for four years from 2024.
"By competing in both Formula 1 and Endurance, Alpine will be one of the rare brands competing in both of motorsport's pinnacles” Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO.#AlpineF1Team #AlpineRacing pic.twitter.com/Uco86u5hGj— Alpine Racing (@AlpineRacing) October 5, 2021
Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO: “The Alpine Endurance program underlines the brand's dedication and ambition in motorsport. By competing in both Formula 1 and endurance, Alpine will be one of the rare brands to be present in the two key disciplines of motorsport. We will make the most of Formula 1 and endurance through technical and technological synergies to gain the advantage over prestigious opponents. "
Philippe Sinault, Signatech Alpine Team Principal: "It is a great pride for Signatech to have been chosen by Alpine for its arrival in LMDh. This represents the culmination of a common project that began eight years ago. More than ever, we have great ambitions, and are happy to take our collaboration to another dimension. After 32 years of career in motorsport, I can't wait to challenge the most prestigious manufacturers on the planet, with Alpine, a brand that conveys passion and lives only for victory. "
Pierre Fillon, ACO President: “Another prestigious marque has joined the Hypercar class, the new premier league of endurance racing. There have been so many announcements over the past year and the latest from Alpine is excellent news for our discipline. The Hypercar regulations are a success and we're delighted to see such a high-quality grid taking shape.”
Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President: “Having yet another brand with a winning pedigree in endurance racing committing to building a Hypercar is excellent news for the FIA World Endurance Championship. It also proves that the FIA WEC’s new top class is an excellent platform for the manufacturers.”
Frédéric Lequien, FIA WEC CEO: “The confirmation of Alpine's involvement in Hypercar is excellent news that will take our championship far beyond the boundaries of endurance racing. Alpine and Signatech have a glorious history in FIA WEC and, with the technical expertise and know-how of the entire Alpine team, I am confident that the team will fight for the world crown. It is an honour that Alpine continues to accompany us in this exciting new era of our sport.”