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Rebellion R13
Rebellion R13/Alpine A480
Rebellion R13 Lotterer Silverstone 2018 Luffield 01.jpg
CategoryLe Mans Prototype (LMP1)
Le Mans Hypercar (LMH)
ConstructorOreca
PredecessorRebellion R-One
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre composite monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, push rod operated over damper
Suspension (rear)Double wishbone, push rod operated over damper
Length4,645 mm (183 in)
Width1,895 mm (75 in)
Height1,045 mm (41 in)
Axle track
  • front 1,560 mm (61 in)
  • rear 1,550 mm (61 in)
Wheelbase2,905 mm (114 in)
EngineGibson GL458[2] 4.5 litre V8 NA, 9000 rpm maximum revolutions mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionX-Trac 6-speed sequential manual X-Trac Viscous mechanical locking differential
PowerLMP1 spec: 700 bhp (710 PS; 522 kW)
Hypercar spec: 610 bhp (618 PS; 455 kW)
WeightLMP1 spec: 833kg (1836.5 lb) Hypercar spec: 950kg (2094.4 lb)
FuelTotal
TyresMichelin
Competition history
Notable entrantsRebellion R13
Switzerland Rebellion Racing

Alpine A480
France Alpine Elf Matmut
Debut2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
1931755

The Rebellion R13 is a sports prototype racing car built by French constructor Oreca on behalf of Swiss-based team Rebellion Racing.[3] It is a variation of Oreca 07, created to compete in LMP1 class. It would later be renamed by Alpine to Alpine A480 when it was rebadged to run grandfathered into the Hypercar class in 2021.

Competition History

2018-19

The R13 debuted in the FIA World Endurance Championship during its Super Season. Over the course of the season it achieved victory and fastest lap at the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone, with further podiums at both Spa races, Fuji and the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, for a total of 6 for the season. Rebellion finished in 2nd place in the World Endurance LMP1 Championship with 134 points, making the R13 the best of the non-hybrid cars.

2019-20

For the 2019-20 season, Rebellion reduced their full-season effort to a single car; the #1 driven by Menezes, Nato and Senna, with a second car appearing in select European races.[4] This would later translate to a second R13, the #3, appearing in the 2019 4 Hours of Silverstone, where it finished 3rd and the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished 4th, though those results would not count towards the championship as only the #1 was eligible for points.

For that season, the WEC introduced a system of success ballast, which slowed down cars' performance according to their results in the championship, with the aim of equaling the performance of non-hybrid cars, the R13 and the Ginetta G60-LT-P1, with that of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid. This system allowed the R13 to be more competitive to the TS050, and the #1 Rebellion would take 2 victories during the season at Shanghai and at Austin. At Shanghai, Rebellion would also become the first privateer team to get an overall pole position in WEC history, with that being also the first of the 4 consecutive pole positions the R13 would take during the season, with the rest coming in Bahrain, Austin, and Spa. The car would also set 3 fastest laps during the season, at Austin, Spa and Le Mans. Rebellion would skip the season finale at Bahrain after Toyota clinched the LMP1 teams' title at Le Mans, finishing second with 145 points and having scored podiums at all 7 rounds of the season it had been a part of.

Alpine A480

On September 10th 2020, Auto Hebdo reported that the Signatech Alpine team competing in LMP2 during the 2019-20 WEC season would step up to the new Le Mans Hypercar class with a re-badged R13, given that the Hypercar rules allowed for non-hybrid LMP1 cars to be run in the class in the first year of competition.[5] The report was then confirmed by Alpine on September 12th.[6][7] On January 21st 2021, the entry list for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season was released, where the entry was confirmed and the car rename to Alpine A480 made official, with André Negrão being one of the drivers.[8] The rest of the lineup was announced on January 26, with Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxivière joining Negrão.[9]

2021

One of the features of the new Hypercar class for the 2021 WEC season was the addition of a Balance of Performance (BoP) system to ensure parity between entrants in the top class. As a result of the BoP system, ahead of the Prologue at Spa, which served as preseason testing for the contestants of the 2021 season, the A480's weight was increased to 930 kg and its peak power output reduced to 610 hp (450 kW).[10] The changes had the objective of bringing down the LMP1's performance to the level of the cars made according to the slower Hypercar regulations, mainly the Toyota GR010 Hybrid, which was heavier but more powerful.

Complete World Endurance Championship results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points Pos
2018-19 Switzerland Rebellion Racing LMP1 SPA LMN SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA LMN 1341 2nd
Switzerland Neel Jani 1 DSQ 4 2 3 4 Ret 5 4
Brazil Bruno Senna DSQ 4 WD 3 4 Ret 5 4
Germany André Lotterer DSQ 4 2 3 4 5 4
Switzerland Mathias Beche Ret
France Thomas Laurent 3 3 3 1 Ret 5 7 2 5
United States Gustavo Menezes 3 3 1 Ret 5 7 2 5
Switzerland Mathias Beche 3 3 1 Ret 5
France Nathanaël Berthon 7 2 5
2019-20 Switzerland Rebellion Racing LMP1 SIL FUJ SHA BHR COA SPA LMN BHR 1452 2nd
United States Gustavo Menezes 1 9 3 1 3 1 3 2
France Norman Nato 9 3 1 3 1 3 2
Brazil Bruno Senna 9 3 1 3 1 3 2
France Nathanaël Berthon 3 3 4
Brazil Pipo Derani 3
France Loïc Duval 3
Switzerland Louis Delétraz 4
France Romain Dumas 4
2021 France Alpine Elf Matmut Hypercar SPA POR MON LMN FUJ BHR 90* 2nd*
France Nicolas Lapierre 36 2 3 2 3
Brazil André Negrão 2 3 2 3
France Matthieu Vaxivière 2 3 2 3

1 Only the highest-finishing car for each manufacturer scored points.
2 Only the results of the full-season entry #1 counted towards the standings.
*Season still in progress

See also

References

  1. ^ "Racing". www.rebellion-racing.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Gibson signe un contrat avec REBELLION Racing et ORECA pour la Super Saison 2018/2019". franceracing.fr. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 2018..
  3. ^ "ORECA Confirm Rebellion R13 Moniker For New LMP1 Contender - dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Gary Watkins (17 July 2019). "Rebellion set to slim down to single WEC entry for 2019/20". motorsport.com. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ John Dagys (10 September 2020). "Report: Signatech Alpine to LMP1 for 2021". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Alpine Endurance Team goes LMP1 in 2021". Alpine. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "ALPINE ENDURANCE TEAM CONFIRMS LMP1 ENTRY FOR 2021 FIA WEC SEASON". FIA. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "2021 FIA WEC Entry List Revealed". FIA WEC. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Alpine Elf Matmut announces 2021 driver line-up". FIA WEC. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ John Dagys (23 April 2021). "Starting BoP Established for Hypercar, GTE Classes". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 2021.

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