Get Excited Because Renault Is Bringing Alpine Back To LeMans

Remember last year when we got all giddy because Renault hooked up with Caterham to revive the storied Alpine brand? Now there's a reason to get even more giddy: Alpine is going racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

SPEED reports that Alpine will compete in the LMP2 class this year, but it could do more in the coming years. The car will use a 4.5-liter V8 from Renault's partner Nissan. (Interestingly, Nissan now provides engines for most of the LMP2 cars, according to PistonHeads.)

The last time Alpine went racing, it was 1978, where their famed A442B car (pictured above) won LeMans. This return, coupled with the awesome concept we saw last year, could signal an exciting comeback for Alpine, and one that we're certainly glad to see.

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