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“That’s good because the end-to-end industrial path for hydrogen will be compatible with electrification, so we believe that could be one way forward.”

He went so far as to hint that Alpine could showcase its hydrogen-combustion vision with a bespoke, track-focused prototype. It is now clear he was referring to the Alpenglow.

Notably, Alpine says this concept is “as lightweight as the rest of the brand’s cars”, suggesting that even with its two 700-bar cylindrical hydrogen storage tanks running either side of the driver, it weighs in the region of 1000-1200kg – around the same as the A110. Extensive use of recycled carbonfibre in its construction will have played a large role in keeping weight down, and will do too on future cars.

More concrete suggestions of what to expect from future Alpine models come in the form of the concept’s defining design cues. Its dramatic front light bar and vertical stacked tail-lights, for example, will adorn its future production cars, and so will a variation of the Alpenglow’s LMP1-inspired steering wheel.

Likewise the prevailing focus on aerodynamic efficiency – already confirmed to be a defining tenet of Alpine’s future design language – which here is manifested in a sharp, V-shaped front end, huge air channels down the side, a roofline that sits just one metre off the ground and an active, lightweight rear wing, in this instance completely transparent.

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