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A460

The name of the A460 prolongs a long series of winning Alpines.

It tips the scales at 900kg, has a carbon tub and a dynamic stance.. True to its DNA, its unique package (agile handling, engine, chassis, ‘aero’ package) boosts driver confidence and allows them to optimise their performance.

Endurance breeding

In addition to providing the drivers with protection against turbulence, the A460’s closed cockpit optimises comfort and aerodynamic efficiency during long runs and at speeds of nearly 330kph at Le Mans.

maximum speed
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The engine

The reliable, competitive 4.5-litre, 550hp Nissan V8 is unchanged. It drives through a six-speed sequential gearbox for swift, precise gear changes.

Nelson Panciatici, 27

The son of a talented rally driver and named after Nelson Piquet, he was destined for a career in motorsport! He has won two ELMS titles since his recruitment by Signatech-Alpine in 2013.

Nicolas Lapierre, 31

He was under 20 when he won Formula 3’s Macau GP as part of Philippe Sinault’s squad. He has since raced in GP2, GT1 and LMP1. A hardened endurance racer, he won the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2015.

With a new prototype,

two new driving crews and its sights set on endurance racing’s LMP2 world title, Signatech-Alpine faces a big challenge in 2016. Nicolas Lapierre took the Prologue very seriously: “We are here to size each other up and earn respect. That’s very important.” Nelson Panciatici (N°35 car) and Stéphane Richelmi (N°36) go out for runs. In the pits, the mechanics go through their precise, perfectly-choreographed routines. After a few laps, the cars return. Seven experts, wearing flame-resistant balaclavas, strip the car to test another set-up. After changes to the calibration of the dampers, brake balance, traction control and gearbox, the driver jumps in for another run…

At the back of the garage is Alpine’s control centre. Computer screens display graphs and data which are analysed and the results are passed on to the race engineers who are in radio contact with the drivers. Nelson Panciatici is back, perspiring, but all smiles. He trades impressions with crew-mate David Cheng. The N°36 car’s experienced Nicolas Lapierre gives Stéphane Richelmi a friendly tap on the shoulder as they watch on-board footage of his run. Bernard Ollivier is focused, but also delighted with the two Alpines’ excellent lap times: “It’s only a test, but they’re great for morale!”

At the back of the garage is Alpine’s control centre. Computer screens display graphs and data which are analysed and the results are passed on to the race engineers who are in radio contact with the drivers. Nelson Panciatici is back, perspiring, but all smiles. He trades impressions with crew-mate David Cheng. The N°36 car’s experienced Nicolas Lapierre gives Stéphane Richelmi a friendly tap on the shoulder as they watch on-board footage of his run. Bernard Ollivier is focused, but also delighted with the two Alpines’ excellent lap times: “It’s only a test, but they’re great for morale!”

MARIE DERREY TOURRES

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DPPI

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GIANMARCO MAGNANI

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