RENAULT ALPINE A442B n.2
The Renault Alpine A442B n.2 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1978. The car designed by the collaboration between the French manufacturer and the Alpine, was an evolution of the A442 of the year before, on the cockpit was mounted a windshield Plexiglas to increase the top speed of 8 km/h, but forcing the riders to a sacrifice in driving due to the heat it caused.
Pironi and Jaussaud won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978
with the Renault Alpine A442B n.2, the second and third place were the Porsche 936/78 of the Martini Racing Porsche System team, respectively the n.6 of Wollek, Barth and Ickx five laps and the n.7 of Haywood, Gregg and Joest spaced seven laps. The French team brought the A443 version to the race with a longer wheelbase and a more powerful engine, which commanded the race for eighteen hours but was forced to retire due to engine problems.
Renault Alpine A442B
Aluminium reinforced steel spaceframe
Length: 4800 mm
Width: 1840 mm
Height: 1300 mm
Brakes: Carbon Fibre Discs ventilated
Renault Gordini CHS 1997 cc V6 90° Turbo
Power: 368 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: Hewland TL200 MK2 manual five rapports.
Differential: Rear mechanical locking differential
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol
Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1978 with drivers Didier Pironi, Jean Pierre Jaussand