Following its successful two-year renaissance, the Alpine Elf Europa Cup is planning a promising 2020 season with a revitalised calendar and new incentives to offer drivers unique opportunities to move up the motor racing pyramid.
A month after the season-finale at Circuit Paul Ricard, preparations have already begun for the 2020 Alpine Elf Europa Cup.
More than a dozen drivers have expressed their intention to return to take their revenge, like Marc Guillot and Junior category winner Mattéo Herrero. Gentleman drivers like Pierre Macchi and Marc Sevestre have also stated their desire to show the progress they’ve made in this ever-competitive field set to be reinforced with new French and foreign teams who want join the action.
One week before the prize-giving ceremony last Friday in Paris, some returned to the track at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for two days of testing, joined by new faces at the wheel of the Alpine A110 Cups like the promising Lilou Wadoux.
At the same time, Alpine and Signatech, the organizers of the Alpine Elf Europa Cup have revealed the key points for the 2020 season.
THE 2020 CALENDAR REVEALED
An FIA sanctioned international series, the Alpine Elf Europa Cup has been a big hit with motorsport fans in its first two seasons supporting the renaissance of the Alpine brand.
The 2020 season will make the most of this asset with a 12-race, six-round calendar featuring on the same bill with major professional championships.
The season will, once again, kick-off at Circuit Paul-Armagnac de Nogaro (France) followed by Circuit Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), before heading to the first of two new stops on the calendar: Misano (Italy).
After the summer break, the action will resume in Barcelona (Spain), then at Circuit Paul Ricard (France) before an all-new season-finale for the Alpine A110 Cups at Portimao (Portugal).
The weekend format will also return with an extremely advantageous total track time of three hours while two drivers can still share the same Alpine A110 Cup at the same meeting.
A MORE COMPLETE ALPINE A110 CUP
For 2020, Signatech will next year introduce two technical updates designed to increase customer and owner satisfaction to the highest level.
As with the GT4 version, the Alpine A110 Cup will feature a major gearbox improvement to increase reliability and offer the possibility to compete in endurance races outside the Alpine Elf Europa Cup. In addition, updated engine wiring will be deployed to include “military” quality elements.
The price of a new Alpine A110 Cup will remain at 115,000€ +vat, to which 5,000€ will be deducted if it enters the 2020 season.
ATTRACTIVE PRIZE PACKAGE
Once again, next year, 160,000€ will be up for grabs throughout the season across the three categories: General, Junior and Gentleman.
The 2020 Alpine Elf Europa Cup title winner will receive an Alpine A110 road car or a prize valued at 50,000€ +vat if he wants to defend his crown or move up the racing ladder behind the wheel of an Alpine A110 GT4.
The highest placed driver in the Junior category will have the choice between a test with the Signatech Alpine Elf LMP2 team and the Alpine A470 or a prize of 20,000€ to fight for the overall title in 2021. The Gentleman category laureate will receive a test in the Alpine A110 GT4 and a 10,000€ bonus.
Furthermore, entered drivers will receive a package of products and services included in their entry: driver suit and Alpine apparel, access to the Alpine Elf Europa Cup hospitality area, communication, technical support from Signatech (chassis), Oreca (engine) and Michelin (tyres), the presence of a spare parts shop at the events…
With more than 100 days to go before the start of the 2020 season, everything has come together to propose a more competitive campaign with the emergence of specialists and the arrival of new competitors determined to win with Alpine!
April 11-13: Nogaro (France) – FFSA GT
June 5-7: Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) – GT Open
July 3-5: Misano (Italy) – GT World Challenge Europe
September 4-5: Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain) – 24 Hours of Barcelona
October 2-4: Le Castellet (France) – FFSA GT
October 16-18: Portimao (Portugal) – ELMS
Free practices: 2×40 minutes per meeting
Qualifying sessions: 2×20 minutes per meeting
Races: 2×25 minutes + 1 lap per meeting
Total track time: 3 hours per race weekend
Alpine A110 Cup : 115,000 € +vat 1
2020 season entry fee: 20,000€ +vat 2
Entry per event: 4,000€ +vat
Bonuses and awards: 160,000€
1 A 5,000€ spare parts package offered with the 2020 season entry.
2 2,000€ deducted if three rounds minimum have been contested in 2019.
Alpine A110 Cup
Weight: 1,050 kg
Chassis: Aluminium monocoque
Engine: 4 cylinders 1.8L 16v with 270hp
Gearbox: 3MO Sequential 6-speed
Differential: Self-locking limited slip
Wheels: Aluminium, 9×18’’ (Front) and 10×18’’ (Rear)
Tyres: Michelin 25-64×18 (Front) and 27-65×18 (Rear)
Brakes: 6 Brembo calipers (Front) and 4 calipers (Rear), ABS Bosch
Safety: Custom seat with Sabelt six-point roll cage
Steering wheel: XAP with integrated paddle shifter
Tank: FIA FT3 homologated, 95 litres
Other: Adjustable traction control