Alpine Alpenglow officially unveiled with hydrogen combustion engine, showcasing Marquee’s future design cues

After the recently released teaser image for the Alpenglow, Alpine has finally lifted the curtain on its new sports car. With its futuristic design and hydrogen combustion engine, the model is not intended for series production, but it hints at the future design language and technical future of the brand.


The Alpenglow looks like an LMDh race car

Concept Alpine Alpenglow

With a length of more than five meters, a width of more than two meters and a height of less than one meter, the extreme proportions of the Alpenglow give it the appearance of an LMDh racing car. A bird’s eye view shows that the aerodynamic body is made up of two interlocking triangles, reminiscent of a wingsuit. The special light signature at the front and rear is also particularly striking. The front lights are presented with a classic Alpine design, their bright red color symbolizing a comet entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The taillights at the rear, on the other hand, with their blue coloring are intended to indicate the integrated hydrogen drive.

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According to the official statement from Alpine, the sculpted shapes of the concept, as well as the light signature and snowflake/triangle references, are meant to embody the brand’s future design language. The colors and materials used in Alpenglow are again inspired by natural elements and conditions, and are also meant to be harbingers of the future. Some features presented here are therefore likely to be found in future production models. However, a first model could be a racing car with which Alpine intends to enter the LMDh category.

The Alpenglow is equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine

Concept Alpine Alpenglow

The Alpenglow follows a basic single-seat layout with the driver seated in the middle between two teardrop-shaped hydrogen tanks. The many transparent elements of the concept are also striking. These not only include the helmet-like cockpit, but also other exterior and interior parts. On the outside, this is the case with the active rear wing and the snowflake-shaped rims, while on the inside, the pedals, the gearshift paddles, the engine cover and even the Prism-shaped ignition keys are transparent. The steering wheel was designed in the context of the LPM1 and F1 racing cars and features two integrated buttons and an overtaking button that help realize the full potential of the car.

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Unfortunately, the Dieppe brand did not reveal much about the technical characteristics of the model. For this reason, all we know is that the Alpenglow is powered by a hydrogen engine fed by two cylindrical 700 bar hydrogen tanks. According to Alpine, the engine produces “virtually nothing but steam and a roaring engine noise”, making it a potential solution for sustainable mobility in the future. The brand is convinced that hydrogen technology also has a future alongside purely electric cars.

Kevin A. Perras