In the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Alpine Elf Matmut Endurance team is now one step ahead by entering the Hypercar class.
Introduced in 2021, the Hypercar is a new premier class for the FIA (WEC). This race is of course open to prototype cars and unique cars that are commonly found on the highway. This regulation is less than LMP2, but the chassis and engine must comply with the regulations of the ACO and FIA.
For the LMP2 WEC class, only one chassis and engine are allowed. For the Hypercar class, the factory team is free from these restrictions, resulting in higher performance thanks to more power and better aerodynamics.
Starting the new season, the team brought an Alpine A480 Hypercar that was approved by the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile. Previously, the car was planned to follow the non-hybrid LMP1 class and was based on the Rebellion R13 designed by Oreca.
“After eight years of success in LMP2, now is the time to enter the top class (Hypercar). The evolution of regulations gives us the opportunity to express our passion with our technical knowledge and experience in fair and cost-effective work,” said Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine.
Alpine A480 is armed with a Gibson GL458 V8 90 degree engine with a capacity of 4,500 cc, capable of producing power up to 625 hp. The power is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission Xtrac alerts with Magnesium material.
The Alpine A480 will compete directly with the Toyota Gazoo Racing team with the GR010 and the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus with the SCG 007.
Here are the full specifications of the Alpine A480:
- Chassis & Body : Carbon Fiber & honeycomb body sheel
- Suspension: Double wishbone with pushrpud, PKM shock absorbers
- Steering : Electric power-assisted
- Weight: 900 kg (According to BOP regulations)
- Engine : Gibson GL-458 V8 90 degree N/A
- Capacity : 4,500 cc
- Power: 625 hp
- ECU : Cosworth
- Rev Limit : 8,400 rpm (According to BOP regulation)
- Transmission: Xtrac 6-speed manual made from Magesium
- Tires: Michelin