Alpine just unveiled their n°36 race car a couple of weeks ago, but know the company changed the name of the car. 

Now, the car is dubbed "Alpine A450", and as Renault Group put it, the name is a tribute to the Alpines which raced at Le Mans in the 1970s.

As Renault’s Chief Operating Officer, Carlos Tavares, explained: "The name Alpine A450 stood out as a natural choice for this prototype which will contest the ELMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours. It pays tribute to the A441, A442 and A443 which raced at and – in the case of the A442B – won at Le Mans in the 1970s. The figure ‘50’ symbolizes the fiftieth anniversary of Alpine’s first official entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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The A450’s racing debut will be celebrated at the Silverstone racetrack in the United Kingdom this weekend, on April 13, and the drivers will be: Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues.

Source: Renault