Whilst the first Alpine road car won't be seen until 2016 at the very earliest, the recently-revived French sports car brand has confirmed it will return to motor racing in 2013.
Mostly intended to build up the company's name before the sports car it's co-developing with Caterham goes on sale, Alpine has confirmed it will be fielding an 'Alpineprototype' LMP2 racer during this year's European Le Mans Series championship, as well as the famous 24 Heures du Mans in June.
The racing car won't be a full works effort, though, with the press release stating Alpine has partnered up with the Signatech racing team, with the racer fielding an Alpine-developed chassis and a 500hp 4.5 V8 Nissan engine.
Alpine has revealed two of the three drivers it will be fielding in the 2013 season, both of whom – Pierre Ragues and Nelson Panciatici – being French racing drivers who were signed by Signatech during the 2012 World Endurance Championship.
The currently unconfirmed third driver will be revealed on 24th March, a few days prior to the European Le Mans Series testing session at the Paul Ricard circuit.