Alpine celebrates its 60th anniversary at Le Mans

Alpine celebrates its 60th anniversary at Le Mans

Though the Alpine A450B was forced to retire from the race, the French constructor unveiled a show-car specially prepared for the 83rd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Alpine C

On May 7th, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault to whom Alpine belongs, announced a return to the road and no longer solely in competition for the Alpine marque created by Jean Rédélé. The replacement for the iconic Berlinette should roll off the assembly lines as of 2017, but in the meantime, Alpine wanted to celebrate its 60th anniversary properly by showcasing the Célébration prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

After its lap, the Alpine Célébration was on display in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Village to the delight of fans, mainly French, for whom the Alpine plays a great part of French motorsports history, whether in rally or in endurance.

The French constructor having specified it was strictly a show-car, some patience is needed before discovering the all-new road Alpine though its big sister will be at the start of the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Nürburgring on August 30th.

Cécile Bonardel / ACO - Translation by Nikki Ehrhardt / ACO

PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, SUNDAY JUNE 14 2015. The Alpine Célébration rolled out at the 24 Hours circuit as an opening act to the race.