Renault Goes Racing with Nº36 Alpine

Believe it or not, it's been just over 35 years since France's Renault found itself amongst the field of endurance racing. In fact, it was back when bellbottoms were still hot (1978), where the brand scored its final 24 Hours of Le Mans win in a classic Alpine-Renault A442B. But now, as news scurries about of a Renault Alpine road-going sportscar, the team has made official its all-new Le Mans racer for the 2013/2014 racing season. The Nº36 Alpine.

Set to make an official track appearance at the ELMS test days at Paul Ricard, France, later this month, the team will be fielded by gentleman racers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues, later to be joined by Tristan Gommendy as the Nº36 gets set for Le Mans. Power for the Alpine will come in the form of a Nissan-sourced 500-hp V8, complete with a six-speed sequential X-Trac gearbox, and a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). The Nº36 and all its race car sexy is officially set to take the track later this month. PHOTOS: See more of the Renault Nº36 Alpine