"The name Alpine A450 stood out as a natural choice for this prototype which will contest the ELMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours. It pays tribute to the A441, A442 and A443 which raced at and - in the case of the A442B - won at Le Mans in the 1970s. The figure '50' symbolises the fiftieth anniversary of Alpine's first official entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours."

The Alpine A450 will be the very first car of the brand to take part in an official race at Silverstone.

Signatech-Alpine's Team Principal Philippe Sinault is eager to see his drivers in action: "I'm thrilled to be in the exciting last stages of preparing for the Alpine A450's debut in the European Le Mans Series. The news of this project got a warm reception in France and elsewhere. We had very little time to prepare for the season but our efforts have already born fruit, thanks notably to our very close collaboration with Michelin. Our first tests were very constructive, but only the race itself can confirm whether our work has been good enough."

After securing the fastest lap-time at the ELMS pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard, France, in March, Nelson Panciatici has high hopes for the team's maiden appearance: "Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits. All racing drivers adore the sequence through 'Copse', 'Maggots' and 'Becketts' which is key to a strong lap. You also need a nicely balanced car and that's where the Alpine could have an edge. We have done some very good work in recent weeks and we are ready for the start of the season. I know that Alpine has the potential to succeed and my aim is to win the car's maiden race!"

Pierre Ragues thoughts follow similar lines: "The Signatech-Alpine team has worked hard on the car's development and has introduced a high number of small evolutions. We are heading in the right direction and Silverstone will be our first litmus test. It's a race I would love to win but we need to keep our feet on the ground. Strategy promises to play a key role in a three-hour event like this. It will be up to us to make the most of the Alpine A450's potential in order to start the season with a good points haul."

Alpine A450 

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Le Mans Class: LMP2

Engine: Nismo VK45DE 90º V8

Power: 460hp

Torque: 570Nm
Weight: 900kg
Topspeed: 270+km/h

Gearbox: XTrac 6 speed Sequential