Alpine just unveiled their n°36 race car a couple of weeks ago, but the company has decided to rename the model the A450.

Alpine just unveiled their n°36 race car a couple of weeks ago, but the company has decided to rename the model the A450.

Set to celebrate its racing debut at Silverstone, the car has adopted the A450 moniker to continue the "naming system employed for the brand’s race cars of the 1970s." As Renault COO Carlos Tavares explained “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."

As we have we previously reported, the car features a Nissan-sourced 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops 500 HP (368 kW). It is connected to a six-speed X-Trac transmission which enables the 900 kg (1,984 lb) race car to hit a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

The A450 will be run by the Signatech-Alpine team and be driven by Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues.

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