Alpine drifts despite inventive solutions


While the team continued to develop solutions that could later be found on its competitors machines, those great ideas weren’t cohesive enough to prevent them from being marooned on a points island of their own in the middle of the midfield pack.

Let’s take a look at some of the A523’s finer details and how the team developed their package throughout the course of 2023…

Alpine A523 front wing detail

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Alpine A523 front wing detail

An overview of the A523’s front wing from pre-season testing, which featured flaps with a similar distribution across their span. We’re also treated to a view of some of the inboard suspension elements with the vanity panel left adrift.


Alpine A523 steering wheel technical detail

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Alpine A523 steering wheel technical detail

A look at the A523’s steering wheel, with the various buttons, rotaries and switches used to control the power unit and chassis settings.


Alpine A523 brake drum detail

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Alpine A523 brake drum detail

Without the front brake drum in place we’re able to see that the caliper is placed in the forward position on the A523. Teardrop-shaped holes in the fairing allow airflow/heat to pass through the assembly.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A close up of the mid floor edge cutouts which are very similar to the arrangement used by Red Bull in 2022.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A close up of the rear floor cutout, along with the tab-like winglet that sits in the gap and is connected to the skate beneath the floor.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

Alpine’s rear wing at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix featured a narrow central section that was deeper than the outboard sections of the wing.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A large cooling gill panel was utilised on the side of the engine cover to help manage temperatures.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A close up of the rear corner on the A523 shows us the stepped lower edge employed on their rear brake duct winglet, whilst a bi-plane style beam wing arrangement was also in use. The beam wing’s slatted upper element sat further forward and under the exhaust’s tailpipe, whilst the lower element sat further back and was mounted on the side of the crash structure.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A look at the forward floor section and floor fences, with the notable inclusion of a bib winglet on the A523 too.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A look inside the rear brake drum shows how the team used a heat-treated fairing to cover the brake disc.


Alpine A523 front wing detail with sensors

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Alpine A523 front wing detail with sensors

In Azerbaijan the team trimmed a notch out of the front wing’s upper flap at the inboard end to help balance the car front-to-rear given its choices at the rear of the car.


Alpine A523 rear wing comparison, Azerbaijan GP

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Alpine A523 rear wing comparison, Azerbaijan GP

The lower downforce rear wing assembly used by Alpine in Azerbaijan featured a mainplane and top flap design that featured leading edges pushed back from their comparable position as they met the endplate.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

The DRS actuator and linkage is visible here as the cover has yet to be installed.


Alpine A523 monkey seat detail

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Alpine A523 monkey seat detail

A small, additional winglet could be found mounted to the trailing edge of the A523’s exhaust wrapping central pillar arrangement at the Monaco Grand Prix.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A close up of some of the A523’s inboard suspension elements.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

An overview of the A523’s rear end in Monaco, with a high downforce rear wing and beam wing employed, while the maximum cooling gill arrangement on the engine cover is also in use.


Alpine A523 front wing detail

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Alpine A523 front wing detail

A great view of the A523’s front wing from behind allows us to see some of the details we’d not normally be privy to.


Alpine A523 rear detail

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Alpine A523 rear detail

A more gradual spoon-shaped rear wing was employed at the Canadian Grand Prix as the team looked to match the demands of the circuit. It was also the first outing for their open-ended tip section design.


Alpine A523 rear wing side comparison

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Alpine A523 rear wing side comparison

In order to alter the behaviour of the rear wing’s tip vortex, Alpine introduced an open-ended flap solution, whereby the flap extended across the wings span, providing an extra shedding surface and altering the cutout in the rear corner of the endplate.


Alpine A523 front wing comparison

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Alpine A523 front wing comparison

Alpine made the switch to a tapered flap solution at the British Grand Prix, altering the interaction with the endplate (inset, right) and likely providing more of a desirable outwash effect. The team also toyed with various upper flap designs to cater for the downforce demands of different circuits, such as the wavy trailing edge first seen in Hungary, inset.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

An overview of both front wing configurations, with the new tapered variant at the bottom of the image.


Alpine A523 detail

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Alpine A523 detail

A look at the A523’s bib as the car is prepared for action at the Belgian Grand Prix and it’s left disconnected from its support.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

A look beneath the A523’s covers at the packaging of the power unit and its ancillaries.


Alpine A523 diffuser detail

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Alpine A523 diffuser detail

Tufts were added to the beam wing at the Italian Grand Prix as the team looked to gather some real world data regarding the performance of their car.


Alpine A523 sidepods mirror detail

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Alpine A523 sidepods mirror detail

The mirror housing on Alpine’s A523 had two large vortex generators placed atop them at the Japanese Grand Prix.


Alpine A523 rear wing detail

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Alpine A523 rear wing detail

A close up of the swage line on the lower half of the rear wing endplate that the team started the season with.


Alpine A523 front wing comparison

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Alpine A523 front wing comparison

The team reverted to its front wing design from earlier in the season at the Las Vegas Grand Prix, with the flap distribution altered (yellow highlights) and flap adjuster also moved (red arrow).


Alpine A523 detail

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Alpine A523 detail

Sensors placed on the floor ahead of the rear tyre to gather data for the team and help them correlate their simulation tools and the information gathered from the real-world environment.


Alpine A523 technical detail

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Alpine A523 technical detail

Alpine used a low downforce rear wing and single element beam wing configuration in Las Vegas.


Here’s the list of the components that Alpine listed as having changed in the car presentation document prior to each race.

 

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
      • Floor
      • Front suspension fairing (upper wishbone)
      • Rear suspension fairings
      • Rear wing
      • Front wing (trim)
  • Miami
  • Monaco
      • Front suspension
      • Sidepod (deeper gulley)
      • Floor edge
      • Rear wing
      • Beam wing
  • Spain
  • Canada
      • FBD (inlet)
      • Rear suspension (nose down geometry)
      • Rear wing
  • Austria
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
      • Front wing (Stepped edge)
  • Belgium
      • Front wing
      • Floor – fences, canoe ramps and diffuser mouse hole
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Singapore
      • Sidepod inlet
      • Cooling louvres
      • Beam wing
  • Japan
  • Qatar
      • Floor body (taller diffuser sidewall cutout)
      • RBD lower flick
      • Cooling louvres (FP1 – really for Mexico)
  • USA
  • Mexico
      • Deeper mid louvres
      • Larger rear cooling outlet
  • Brazil
  • Las Vegas
      • Front wing
      • Beam wing
      • Rear brake duct winglets removed
  • Abu Dhabi



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