Alpine to launch A521 F1 vehicle next month after livery tease

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

Alongside new plans to make Alpine an EV-only brand and twin Dacia and Lada into a single business unit, Renault also unveiled this retromodern electric concept you see here - and it's an arresting blend of the old and new.

We are proud to introduce our 2021 #FormulaOne single-seater, the A521, dressed in its temporary winter livery.

As well as bringing a new name and vehicle to the F1 grid in 2021, Alpine will have a new driver line-up - with two-time world champion Fernando Alonso returning to join Esteban Ocon - although Cyril Abiteboul will not lead the team.

"The blue, white and red refer to the colours of the French and British flags, which is very important to us".

The first F1 auto under the new Alpine guise will be powered by its Renault E-Tech power unit and driven by returning two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon as the team looks to improve on its fifth place finish in the 2020 constructors' championship. The vehicle has been modelled A500 F1 prototype from 1975, with the "actual" auto to be called as Alpine A521.

Today Renault revealed 'Renaulution' an ambitious new turnaround plan to prepare La Regie for the electric age, but sitting front and centre is this - a stunning Renault 5 EV prototype.

And like nearly all electric cars we've seen right now, the badges light up.

Renault's designers have raided their own back catalogue to create an EV to win over people's hearts and minds.

Beyond these plans, the Renault Group also stated in its release that Alpine will combine with its Renault Sport Cars performance and Renault Sport Racing motorsport divisions into a "fully-fledged, new lean and smart entity, dedicated to developing exclusive and innovative sports cars".

"We are proud to have been selected by Groupe Renault in this collaboration - for our technical expertise and abilities, and our long track record of successful collaborations".

Current executive director Marcin Budkowski is expected to become the new team boss at Enstone, with ex-Suzuki MotoGP chief Davide Brivio anticipated to take up the position of CEO of the F1 squad.

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