In 1964 Formula 2 came back to the racing stage after three-years gap of 1961-63, when F2 was replaced by Formula Junior. French company Automobiles Alpine decided to enter F2 with its own creature. Alpine was founded in 1955, and for its first ten years became recognized as a major player in motorsport, but has never produced a single-seater. In 1963 Alpine bought Brabham BT6 chassis, a Formula Junior car, and employed Ron Tauranac as a consultant in the design of the P64 which was intended for both F2 and F3. The Alpine P64 (later known as A270) was heavily based on the 1963 F Junior Brabham. The bodywork was designed by Marcel Hubert and continued the Brabham similarity. Only a few modifications were made by the in-house engineers, Richard Bouleau (chassis) and Marcel Hubert (bodywork), in particular the switch to metric dimensions. The engine was 1000 cc Renault R8 Gordini developed to 96 hp. The gearbox was a four-speed Renault for the F3 and a Hewland VW gearbox for the F2. New car designated as P64-2 (and P64-3 in Formula 3 variant) was ready in March 1964. Later the F2 vehicle was renamed as A270. The car debuted in formula 2 in Pau Grand Prix on April 5th 1964. The Grand Prix was won by Jim Clark, driving the Lotus 32. Jose Rosinski who started in the last row, will finish just outside the podium, in Alpine A270 lacking 15 hp comparing to Cosworth-powered cars. Mauro Bianchi was just behind in fifth place, and third Alpine driver Jacques Maglia finished 10th. Graham Hill took part in the trials in Alpine, but did not start. Jose Rosinski was the sport director of alpine at that times, he participated six times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1960 and 1967. Later in 1980s-90s he was mostly known as French F1 and Le Mans TV commentator.
|1964||Formula 2||Pau GP|
|Jose Rosinski||10||Société des Automobiles Alpine|
|1:43||Eligor||Alpine & Renault Sportives Collection|