Alpine to launch A521 F1 car next month after livery

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Alpine will unveil its new A521 Formula 1 car next month after teasing its new look at a Renault press conference on Thursday morning.

Renault announced last September that it would rename its F1 factory team under the Alpine name for 2021 as part of a reorganization of its various brands.

During a press conference describing its new strategic approach – called “Renaulution” – plans to regroup Renault Sport’s various activities under the Alpine brand were explained, including the rebranding of the F1 team.

As part of the launch, a teaser of the 2021 livery was presented via an interim livery, with a black base with red, white and blue colors adorning the rear of the car and the front and rear fender trims.

The color black is a tribute to the 1975 A500 F1 prototype, according to the team, who called the design a “temporary winter livery.”

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The provisional livery will be in place until the full launch of the new car – whose name has been revealed to be the Alpine A521 – at an event next month with drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

“The livery presented today is the first evocation of the new identity of the Alpine F1 team,” said Antony Villain, Alpine Design Director.

“Some structural graphic elements will remain on the racing livery while others will change. The ‘oversized’ Alpine emblem in a tricolor graphic system is the first clear symbol of the brand’s identity in motorsport.

“Blue, white and red refer to the colors of the French and British flags, which is very important to us. Many variations on all the strengths of motorsport are still to come.”

The name A521 is a merger of A for Alpine, A500 referring to its F1 project and 21 for the year.

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Plans are in place for a new fully electric sports car to be designed in collaboration with Lotus, with both parties ready to “conduct a full feasibility study for the joint engineering, design and development of a sports car. EV by leveraging the resources, expertise and facilities of the respective entities in France and the UK. “

Alpine’s future road car product plan is also fully electric and is expected to build on the technology and lessons of its F1 team going forward.

The strategic goal was also for the Alpine brand to be profitable in all activities, including F1, by 2025, with this offering to be supported by the new F1 budget cap in place for this year.

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“The new Alpine entity takes three brands with distinct assets and areas of excellence to make it a fully-fledged, autonomous company,” said Laurent Rossi, newly appointed CEO of Alpine.

“The know-how of our Dieppe plant, the engineering expertise of our Formula 1 and Renault Sport teams will shine through our 100% electric range infused with technology, bearing the beautiful name Alpine towards the future.

“We will be on the tracks and on the roads, authentic and high-tech, disruptive and passionate.”

Rossi recently took charge of Alpine following the departure of ex-Renault F1 team manager Cyril Abiteboul as part of an ongoing team reshuffle.

Current executive director Marcin Budkowski is set to become Enstone’s new team boss, with ex-Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio set to take on the role of F1 team CEO.

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