Alpine’s Le Mans demo prelude to hypercar announcement?

Jamie Woodhouse
Alpine brabding on show. Poland, July 2021.

Alpine branding seen during Gran Turismo Polonia. Poland, July 2021.

The Alpine F1 team will appear at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which likely will come as part of a Hypercar announcement, according to a report.

RACER state that the French outfit will send a car out for a demonstration run at the 2021 staging of this iconic event, which after a delay will be contested between August 21-22.

The action will not be limited to the endurance race itself, since Alpine are also set to provide some on-track entertainment in Formula 1 machinery, reportedly in an old Renault chassis repackaged for their current identity.

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon potentially may both be in attendance.

It is a rare sight to see such a demonstration run allowed at Le Mans, which is why RACER take that as further evidence that this will come as part of Alpine announcing an entry into the World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar class.

Alpine World Endurance Championship car in the pit lane. Portimao, June, 2021.

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Alpine do have their name in this category currently, working in partnership with Signatech, but a full-blown works team could be on its way.

“The brand is currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with a grandfathered Rebellion R13 Gibson LMP1, rebranded as the Alpine A480, and there is no agreement in place for that effort to continue next season,” their report explains.

If Alpine do indeed announce a works Hypercar programme, then RACER write that Alpine’s participation would likely start from 2023, the same year that Ferrari, Porsche and Audi will arrive.