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Alpine Celebration Concept on display at Le Mans 2015!

Here it is!  After years of speculation; the production design for the upcoming 2016/2017 Alpine ‘resurrection’.

I have no words to say except that i LOVE it.  Similar to how I always imagined the resurrected Alpine to be.

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source:  Largus.fr

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OFFICIAL: Alpine will be racing at the 2013 Le Mans!

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I was expecting an announcement for 2014 Le Mans, but Renault has somewhat surprised everybody by announcing that there will be an Alpine badged car racing the LMP2 class in THIS year’s Le Mans.  Wow.  They’ve also released the ‘teaser’ pic above (tastefully tweaked by yours truly).

Here are some quotes directly from Renault:

“Today, another important step has been taken with the announcement that an Alpine prototype is to race in the competitive 2013 European Le Mans Series endurance racing championship (ELMS), as well as at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours (June 22-23).

The decision to compete at Le Mans fits perfectly with the brand’s heritage, since Alpine contested the famous 24-Hour race 11 times between 1963 and 1978, running a total of 55 factory cars. In addition to its successes in the ‘Energy Index’ classification in 1964, 1965 and 1968, as well as in the ‘Performance Index’ classification in 1968 and 1969, its efforts harvested seven class wins in total and, above all, outright victory in 1978 with the Alpine A442B prototype shared by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi. The two Frenchmen were joined in the top four by the A442 of Jean Ragnotti and Guy Fréquelin.

For its return to Le Mans, Alpine has joined forces with Signatech. The Philippe Sinault-run team will enter an Alpine LM P2 prototype with an Alpine chassis powered by a 500hp Nissan engine for the five rounds of the ELMS, including the opening race at Silverstone, England (April 13). The drivers will be Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues.

The highlight of the season will naturally be the Le Mans 24 Hours. The name of the third driver who will join the team for the world’s most famous endurance race will be announced when the car is officially presented at Le Castellet, France, on March 24.

Said Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer, Renault: “Alpine’s return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 marks the beginning of a new adventure which is set to last. The passion that drives us is matched only by the humility and careful attention paid to costs that epitomise this comeback which itself has been made possible thanks to the involvement of our partners and supporters who I would like to thank formally here. Together, step by step, we will do our very best to write another exciting page in the history of Alpine, a truly outstanding name in the world of French sports cars.””

I AM SO EXCITED.

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src:  renault press services

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ALPINE returning to Le Mans!

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An announcement is expected Friday to hear Renault introducing the plans for their return to endurance racing!  LMP2 is surely expected by the 2014 racing season with possible LMP1 ambitions as well, and the engines are expected to carry the ALPINE badge!  Renaultsport (which evolved out of the original Alpine after it stopped making cars 20+ years ago) will be tuning them and involved with the engine construction.  All of this seems consistent with the Renault plan to resurrect one of the finest racing and rallying marques ever!  I wonder if the cars themselves will be badged “Alpine-Renault” like the old days.

IEDEI is, of course, devoted to Alpine news and will offer updates as they come in.  My biggest issue is going to be whether I root for Audi or Alpine?  I have stayed up to watch almost all Le Mans races for the past several years….and am a die hard Audi fanboy.   If Alpine makes it to LMP1 against Audi…..it will be very very tough for me to root against the boys in blue.

Exciting news.

BTW, to fuel the imagination, here is an interesting ‘re-interpretation’ (rendering) of the glorious Alpine A220 by Racing Emotion found at le Blog Auto. Obviously this is not a realistic vision, but still entertaining to look at!

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src:  racecarEngineering

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Where to watch Le Mans online! (streaming)

I will be updating this during the course of the next 24 hours.  Unfortunately I am not able to embed any of these sources directly onto here, so the best I can do is link to some sources.  If one of them fails, use the others as alternatives!

Edit @ Noon, US EST:  I now have a great French-English Le Mans TV live video feed embedded in this post!  Just click the play button.  This feed should be reliable for 24 hours.  If you don’t like the bilingual feed, my suggestion would be to play this video feed and listen to Radio Le Mans (linked below) at the same time.

These are not scams! these are good, hopefully reliable sources to stream the best race on earth!

SOURCE 3 (Le Mans-TV, French-English, watch it on IEDEI!)

SOURCE 1 (Eurosport) (Not working)

SOURCE 2 (Eurosport)

SOURCE 4 (English, average quality)

SOURCE 5 (Eurosport, better quality)

SOURCE 6 (Eurosport, better quality)

SOURCE 7 (Eurosport, better quality)

Le Mans Live (Live timing, Multiple on-board views, thanks Serge)

Audi TV (cockpit view, intermittent other views)

Audi TV #2 (cockpit view)

Radio Le Mans (audio feed)

Baekdal Live Timing (great live timing feed! thanks Piotr)

more to come soon!

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Lotus to enter LMP2 class at 2012 Le Mans

The GT class Lotus Evora with the Cosworth engine was one of THE best sounding cars I saw at the Petit Le Mans this past autumn……and i’m really pleased to see Lotus expanding their entry into the LMP2 level. Very exciting stuff indeed!

“The Kolles-run Kodewa squad will campaign two Lola B12/80s under the Lotus title, with Lotus-badged V8s from John Judd’s Engine Developments, which is also building the sports car maker’s IndyCar engine.

Lotus motorsport director Claudio Berro said the partnership was an ideal way for the group to take a step up the endurance racing ladder after returning to the GT class with the Evora last year.

“This is a very exciting step for us,” said Berro. “We made no secret of our intention to tackle LMP2 this year but it had to be done in the right way and we’re very happy with the setup with our partners. More than anything else, we’re looking forward to our return to Le Mans in this capacity after our success with the Evora last year.”

src: Autosport via racer

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R18.

the Audi R18 has been testing at Sebring this past week…here are some official pics of this evil new Le Mans fighter….it is beautiful in black.


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Audi R18. LED sinister.

Revealed today.   Absolutely gorgeous….probably the most stunning modern race car i’ve seen since the glory days of Le Mans in the 60s and 70s……right fookin on!  Peugeot RIP!

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BMW enters Le Mans GT2 class

BMW hasn’t raced in Le Mans for over 11 years, since they ran the V10 Prototype in 1999.  As the cars on the lineup for the 2010 Le Mans were revealed, it appears 2 BMW E92 M3s are registered in the GT2 class!

Seeing as BMW has pulled out of Formula One, it appears they are redistributing some of their racing technology, staff, and resources into various ‘other’ forms of motorsports.  Should be interesting to see how they do in the competitive GT2 class against C6 Corvettes, Porsches, and Ferraris.

Thanks to Jalopnik for the tip!

http://jalopnik.com/5467950/bmw-registers-for-le-mans-for-the-first-time-in-eleven-years

Complete list of entrants into 2010 Le Mans:

http://www.lemans.org/24heuresdumans/pages/engages_gb.html

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art of the day: LeMans “Fight To The Finish”

150 Euros for the original piece of art! tempting!

cheers to Colla Verglas for the tip!

more information: http://miha-furlan-motorsport-art.blogspot.com/2010/01/fight-to-finish.html

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IEDEI is back!

IEDEI is back! with a new blog format, ready to roll.

CHEERS!

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foto of the day.

Jaguar D-Type. from an old picture book.

(click photo 2 times to get hi-res)

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Audi & iTunes launch NEW “Truth In 24” mobile game!

After the huge success of the “Truth In 24” documentary that Audi has made, today Audi announced that iTunes has a new application/game for download on Apple’s iTunes service.  Read the official press release——-> Continue reading

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1959 Aston Martin DBRs at Le Mans painting.

This fantastic painting is done by John Ketchell, depicting the 1-2 finish of the Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 at Le Mans in 1959.

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For more information on the very talented John Ketchell, visit his website which has an innovative and beautiful online flipbook full of his paintings and works.

http://www.johnketchell.com


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Wallpaper time!

YEAH I KNOW it’s not a ‘vintage’ race car, but damn the *brand new* AUDI R15 TDI is one of the most beautiful modern race cars i’ve ever seen.

Click the pic a few times to get to the hi-res photo you can save to your computer:

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vintage style LeMans bags!

Another great website found with fantastic LeMans era style bags for guys and girls at Grand Prix Originals.  I’m really into that Monza-style messenger bag with the quilts they have in the front! Prices are actually quite good on this site, and they’ve got alot of other great LeMans memorabilia, jackets, books, videos, and other accessories to check out.

Here’s a preview of a few bags, prices range from 69 euros all the way to 380 euros for the large leather travel bag.  Click at the link below the pictures for more details!

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CLICK HERE to see more bags at their site…….

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