JUL 22nd 2015

Video: On board Le Mans winning Alpine A442B at FoS

This year at the Festival of Speed we celebrated 60-years of iconic French racers Alpine with a special class, which also saw the launch of a brand new concept from the Renault owned manufacturer.

Alpine A442B Koenigsegg promo

The whole class was full of amazing and historic cars that any fans of sportscar racing’s history would rapidly develop jaw ache from looking at, but there was one which stood out for us at GRR – this Le Mans winning A442B.

The A442 was built specifically to take on the famous twice-round-the-clock enduro, and would go on to win it at the third attempt in 1978, in the hands of Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud.

The A442B was a development of (perhaps unsurprisingly) the A442 and A441, and would become Renault’s last tilt at the famous race before they pulled the plug and headed to Formula 1.

At FoS the car was taken up the hill by ex-F1 favourite Rene Arnoux and current Alpine LMP2 racers Neslon Panciatici and Paul-Loup Chatin. Here we ride just to the right of the driver’s small, rather cramped, cockpit, taking all the sights and sounds of FoS.

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