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      04-24-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Alpina returns to racing BMW's with B6 GT3

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ALPINA look back on a long and successful history in international motorsport.

ALPINA look back on a long and successful history in international motorsport. Well-known F1 and Touring Car drivers such as Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and Dieter Quester gripped an ALPINA steering wheel on their way to winning three European Touring Car Championships. ALPINA pilots also won the Nürburgring 24 Hours numerous times, as well as the 24 Hours of Spa in 1970.

"We think that the BMW 6 Series – especially with the super-charged, torque-laden 4,4 l V8 ALPINA engine from the B6 S (530 HP, 725 Nm) – provides the ideal basis to challenge pure-bred sportscars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin within the framework of GT3 regulations", said Andreas Bovensiepen, ALPINA proprietor.

After 20 years out of racing, ALPINA will field a factory team, running the B6 GT3 in the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship, our race car based on the BMW ALPINA B6 S road car. ALPINA will field its this team in the FIA GT3 European Championship, as well as racing in selected important endurance races.

The idea of going racing with street-based dream cars has proven to be a great success for drivers, spectators and manufacturers alike. With this involvement in racing, ALPINA will be able to raise awareness of the ALPINA brand, especially in markets new to ALPINA. With ten distinguished automotive marques, the GT3 Championship is the Crème de la Crème, and with starting grids of 45 cars in the European Championship and multiple national championships, quite compelling. ALPINA see a well-thought-out concept at relatively reasonable cost. With his long racing history, Andreas Bovensiepen sees the benefit racing can bring, and has been the initiator of the new GT3 project from the very beginning.

Much like in the 1970s, ALPINA will also sell BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 race cars to private parties, collectors and race teams. This motorsport engagement will be ALPINA's fourth business venture. It marks another milestone in ALPINA's strategy of consistent, enduring growth. In addition to the race cars, ALPINA have been manufacturing road-going BMW ALPINA automobiles for over 40 years, and maintain a flourishing business trading in renowned wines from world's finest growing regions. A new engineering centre, absolutely state-of-the-art in terms of its machinery and capabilities, will soon be completed. This will allow ALPINA to more quickly bring its products to market and to offer its engineering services to third parties.

Alpina Race Team Openings

So that we may build up our race team and successfully develop the race version of the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3, we're looking for candidates with experience in motorsport. Your commitment and drive for perfection are the basis for future success. We expect a high level of flexibility, including weekends... Interested? Then compete for one of the following positions:

1.Project Manager
2.Automotive Race Engineer – Suspension and Aerodynamic Set-Up- Vehicle engineer: drivetrain and engine bay packaging construction
3.Automotive Engineer – Development, Chassis/Aerodynamic Panels
4.Automotive Engineer – Development, Drivetrain/Engine Bay Packaging
5.Race Mechanic, preferably with Lorry driving Licence
6.Technician, testing equipment and electronics
7.Purchasing/Logistics/Quality Control Specialist
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i have yet to see ONE alpina bmw that looks good. all of them are f-ugly, i think they ruin bmw's
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The B7 is a work of art. I really like this one, looks like a race car
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i have yet to see ONE alpina bmw that looks good. all of them are f-ugly, i think they ruin bmw's
you have yet to see an alpina that looks nice? so a 2007/08 ALPINA B7 is ugly to you? you really no nothing about BMW's bro. i wish alpina would bring more of their car to the states. their such amazing cars. maybe you should actually see one in person, sit in one, drive one, before you make your judgements.
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wow, i am not feeling that AT ALL. i think it is cool what they are doing, but it is just hideous to me despite the throwback colors
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wow, i am not feeling that AT ALL. i think it is cool what they are doing, but it is just hideous to me despite the throwback colors
It's an M6 with a wing... big deal. Or course the colors are all over the place -- its a race car!
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It's an M6 with a wing... big deal. Or course the colors are all over the place -- its a race car!
It is actually not an M6.
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Alpina BMW's are the best Bimmers on the planet. Period!
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Non-issue. Can't see how this is of any news. Alpina has always been deeply rooted GT3 history books. So the've decided to take back to their roots. Good for them!
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i have yet to see ONE alpina bmw that looks good. all of them are f-ugly, i think they ruin bmw's
Nice. Why the hate? Is not more BMWs racing a good thing? What is learned on the track helps us all in the long run.
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Is that photo photoshopped? It looks like it.
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looks sick to me..... dont know why everyone's hating.....
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i have yet to see ONE alpina bmw that looks good. all of them are f-ugly, i think they ruin bmw's
As does AC Schnitzer! And yes, I agree that Alpina robs a BMW of it's aesthetics. With their ugly and super boring interiors that use navy blue and beige leather all over the place, the to lame bumpers/lips, and the best of all. . . all the silly pin striping and ALPINA decals.
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damn, even Alpina's race car is ugly as sh*t. Who the hell wakes up in the morning at Alpina's design studios and says.. . "yup, I'm going to add completely pointless pin stripes all over the car like a Chevy astro van, and then after lunch break I'm going to make a silly green race car too."
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i have yet to see ONE alpina bmw that looks good. all of them are f-ugly, i think they ruin bmw's
How are they ugly? Someone I work with has an 08 Alpina B7 and it's a great looking car.
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The e63 and the e92 are atrocious. The e39 isn't too shabby.
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