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Signatech – Alpine Nissan Unveiled

L'Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées welcomed the unveiling of the #36 Signatech Alpine Nissan that will take the name of the famous French marque back to Le Mans in 2013, 35 years after the last factory-backed entry.

Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues, already named as the driver pairing that will contest the full ELMS in the car will be joined at Le Mans by Tristan Gommendy.  All three drivers rose up through the ranks of Renault’s single seater motorsport ladder.

The team have also named a reserve driver, French youngster, Paul-Loup Chatin.

And alongside the rebadged Oreca 03 on display was the very car that paraded down the very same street back in 1978 after winning the Le Mans 24 Hours, the  1978 Alpine-Renault A442B, the infamous yellow, black and white car providing the centrepiece of the ‘No Limit’ exhibition until 7 April.

Back to the present though and Société des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham's CEO Bernard Ollivier and Philippe Sinault, Signatech-Alpine Team Principal, unveiled the  striking blue and orange livery based on Alpine racers from the even earlier racing history of the marque.

"Since the announcement of Alpine's revival on November 5 last year, we have been moving forward step by step," said Bernard Ollivier. "The unveiling of this splendid car marks the beginning of another phase. It will turn a wheel for the first time very soon, and its maiden race will follow shortly afterwards. The news of our endurance racing programme received a very positive welcome, not only from diehard Alpine enthusiasts, but also from the world of motor racing in general. We can hardly wait to see our brand's colours in action!"

"I am extremely proud to be representing Alpine, but it as an honour which goes hand in hand with significant responsibilities," noted Philippe Sinault. "The next step is to take the car to Paul Ricard where our work will begin in earnest. Our aim is to be competitive in endurance racing's highly competitive LMP2 class. We will use the different test sessions that are planned, as well as the first two rounds of the ELMS, to prepare for June's Le Mans 24 Hours which is clearly the focal point of the season."