The Alpine F1 Team, just last week, entered into its new era by virtually launching its first-ever entry into the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
This year’s competitor, the A521, has a striking livery of blue, white, and red in line with Alpine’s French heritage and history in motorsports.
The car will be powered by the Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6L V6 engine power unit, designed and developed in Viry-Châtillon.
In line with the regulatory changes agreed last year in response to the ongoing pandemic, the main structural elements of the A521 are a carry-over from last season’s R.S.20.
The Alpine F1 Team’s first challenger will be piloted by Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.
The Alpine brand has a rich history with Renault and racing itself and was founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé.
The company began its successful journey as soon as the original A110 was presented in 1962, while Alpine and Renault had already begun working closely together.
In the early 1970s, Alpine was already well-known in the world of rally racing, and in 1973, became the first manufacturer to be crowned World Rally Champions.
Alpine was also victorious in prototypes in the world’s greatest endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The car had similar successes across single-seater competitions and in rallycross, and so, in 2021, Alpine’s brand arrived in Formula 1under the name Alpine F1 Team.
The newly created entity aims to be the ‘new generation’ automotive brand, and is laying the foundations for a ‘new generation’ of 100% electric cars.
According to the team “the history of Alpine is not only about cars, but also about people.
“Often unseen by the public, these engineers, technicians, operators, employees, executives, and managers all play a vital role.
“Knowing how to make the right choices during the car’s design, knowing how to make it attractive to potential customers, knowing how to make it desirable to everyone…such is their everyday challenge.”
Alpine F1 Team will make its debut this weekend at pre-season testing across March 12 – 14, 2021.