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Renault Alpine Celebration Concept Takes a Bow in Le Mans

For some carmakers, the Le Mans 24 Hours race is not all about racing and making a name for themselves in the motorsport arena, but we can't blame them for that, not when their name is Renault and especially not when they present a new concept.
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Renault's new sportscar is here, but only in prototype ego for the time being. Meet the Renault Alpine Celebration, the French automaker's latest attempt at reviving the Alpine moniker.

While we keep our fingers crossed and hope they are successful this time around, let's also see what the car has to offer at this point. Gladly, it's not just a Vision Gran Turismo 6 design study, but don't expect too much spec-related info on it because this is just a "new show car".

Those familiar with Renault's career in motorsport will no doubt spot the same blue – enhanced by hints of orange – color scheme used for all Alpina prototypes in the past. Moreover, Renault tells us this is a "livery that harkens back to the Alpine models which played such a pivotal role in the brand's original Le Mans adventure when, from 1963 to 1969, the M63, M64, M65, A210, A220 and even the A110."

Developed and built as a two-seater coupé with sleek and flowing lines, the Alpine Celebration has also been released to mark 60 years since the Alpine brand was founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955. It's a bit awkward that Renault doesn't mention anything on the car's powertrain, mainly because the Alpine Celebration met the asphalt on the track at Le Sarthe on Saturday, as part of the build-up to the start of the Le Mans 2015 race.

The famous Alpine arrowed 'A' is visible on the air intake grille, sides, front wings and roof while the rear of the vehicle is characterised by an impressive diffuser that incorporates a central backlight, flanked by two brushed stainless steel exhaust tailpipes. All they have to do now is build it for real and race it to victory.

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