Esteban Ocon Aims to Beat Nordschleife Record with Boosted Alpine

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Third-placed Alpine’s French driver Esteban Ocon celebrates with his trophy on the podium after the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit in Monaco, on May 28, 2023. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP)
Last Updated on September 7, 2023

Formula 1 driver, Esteban Ocon, is set to attempt to break the Nordschleife record with a boosted Alpine A110 in October. The Nordschleife, or the “Green Hell”, is the infamous 20.8km track at the Nürburgring in Germany and the current record in Ocon’s category is held by the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS at 7’09”300 per L’Equipe Journal.

Alpine A110 “Mystery” Model

Witnesses have reported seeing a mysterious Alpine A110 being tested on the Nordschleife track, with a color scheme of bordeaux and red accents.

This version is said to be even more radical than the current R model, which has a top speed of 285km/h and can go from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The car has unique air appendages and MP-Rezeau wheels, not previously seen on the A110.

It is not known what power output the new Alpine A110 model will have or when it will be released. Currently, the A110 comes in 250 and 300 horsepower versions.

However, Alpine has previously shown that it can produce a car with almost 500 horsepower, as demonstrated by the unique model that achieved the third fastest time overall at Pikes Peak in June 2023 with Raphaël Astier at the wheel.

Record Attempt

Ocon is expected to make his record attempt during an F1 break in October, after the Qatar Grand Prix on October 8. However, the tight schedule means that Ocon will need to be in Texas for the next race by October 16 at the latest.

If the weather does not cooperate, Ocon may call upon either Raphaël Astier or Laurent Hurgon, who are both development drivers for Alpine, to make the attempt.

The Nordschleife is one of the most challenging tracks in the world, with 73 corners and significant elevation changes. Breaking the record will be a significant achievement and a testament to the capabilities of the Alpine A110.

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