Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
To commemorate the long-standing tradition held by 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most famous endurance race in the world, renowned watchmakers Alpina Geneve honor their partner team, Level 5 Motorsports, with the launch of their stylish Alpina Racing Automatic.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active endurance car racing event and takes place on Le Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Technically, this race is one of today’s most challenging races because of its extremely long racing time and its quick route change from racing track to public roads. The public roads are not as smooth and well-kept as the racing tracks because of the year-round traffic, which proves to be the most difficult challenge of the race. Teams consist of three members who usually do two-hour shifts, having the time to rest between the shifts.
Level 5 Motorsports’ team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 consists of Scott Tucker, Luis Diaz and Christophe Bouchut. In 2006, Scott Tucker, the team leader, started his racing career by setting up Level 5 Motorsports. He started racing in the Ferrari Challenge during his first two years and claimed his first win in 2007.
This success gave him the courage to expand the team and enter the Rolex Sports Car Series. Over the years the team grew, recruiting new drivers, combining experience and passion and always keeping its ambitious spirit. “We’ve surrounded ourselves with the world’s best technical partners, experienced crew members and championship drivers. With Alpina Geneve, we’ve found another great partner that shares our vision for excellence,” said Tucker.
This year, Level 5 Motorsports upgraded to a new car, the HPD ARX-03b, a racing car developed by Honda Performance Development. The car was developed and built in 2012 and is a more modern version of its predecessor, the Acura ARX-01. It had an outstanding debut, grasping six victories out of the first seven races it participated in. With a carbon-fibre monocoque and a Honda HR28TT 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged engine, it has the perfect balance of strength, weight and power.
Alpina Geneve created a watch especially for its partnership with Level 5 Motorsports, the Alpina Racing Automatic. Featuring a 47mm stainless steel case with black dial, black leather strap with red contrasting stitching, full 12-hour chronograph function, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and an automatic movement with transparent case back to view the movement, the Alpina Racing Automatic is the perfect combination of beauty, resistance and precision.