The Alpine LM P2 prototype racecar has been revealed, as the Renault-backed team readies for an assault on Le Mans in 2013.
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Teased two weeks ago, the Alpine LM P2 racer is based on an Alpine chassis with a 368kW Nissan-supplied V8 engine and a six-speed sequential X-Trac gearbox strapped to it.

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Measuring 4610mm long and 1995mm wide and weighing 900kg, the LMP2 class prototype can reach a top speed of 330km/h and stop equally as impressively thanks to a carbon brake setup from Brembo.

After a 35-year absence from endurance racing, the #36 LM P2 will see Alpine compete in the five-round 2013 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) championship, highlighted by the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance event at the 13.6km Circuit de la Sarthe in France.

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The return of the Alpine name to endurance racing is part of the brand’s re-emergence strategy under the title Societe des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham – the joint venture announced in November last year between Renault and British sports car company Caterham, due to launch its first car in 2016.

Societe des Automobiles Alpine-Caterham CEO Bernard Ollivier said, the unveiling of the Alpine LM P2 marks the beginning of the company’s next phase.

“It will turn a wheel for the first time very soon, and its maiden race will follow shortly afterwards.

We can hardly wait to see our brand’s colours in action.”

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Sharing the driving over the season will be 24-year-old Nelson Panciatici and 29-year-old Pierre Ragues, with 34-year-old Tristan Gommendy joining for the 24-hour race run over June 22-23.

The Alpine LM P2 will have its first competitive outing at round one of the ELMS at Silverstone in England on April 13.