As befits Europe’s leading motorsport, supercar and classic car event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK will have a superb line up of historic Alfa Romeo vehicles to add to the action at the 2013 event which will be held from 11 to 14 July
At the heart of the Goodwood event, and what makes it so special, is the famous Hill Climb which enables a unique range of cars to show that they can do, covering the full range of cars, from classic cars to those so new that they are not even in the showrooms yet, alongside historic and modern racing cars. Alfa Romeo will give the UK public their first opportunity to see the Alfa Romeo 4C in action and show-goers will be able to see six examples from the Alfa Romeo Museum including the stunning Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, the spiritual predecessor of the Alfa 4C.
The full line-up of historic cars planned for the Goodwood Festival of Speed is as follows:
- 8C 2900B Speciale tipo “Le Mans” (1938)
- Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” (1951)
- 2000 Sportiva (1954)
- 33 Stradale prototipo (1967)
- 1750 GT Am (1970)
- 33 TT 12 (1975)
This year Alfa Romeo celebrates the 50th anniversary of Autodelta, its official racing division established in March 1963, and the 90th anniversary of the 'Quadrifoglio Verde', the legendary symbol that has identified some of Alfa Romeo's sportiest models.
Bringing everything right up to date is the Alfa 4C, the ‘Launch Edition' of which was given its world première at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Made in Italy, the Alfa 4C represents the true essence of a sports car, embodying the authentic values of the Alfa Romeo brand: Italian style, performance and technical excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.
Powered by a new all-aluminium, direct-injection, 240hp 1750cc turbo petrol engine, developing 350Nm of torque, the implemented state-of-the-art technical and technological solutions push the Alfa 4C to reach real supercar performance, as demonstrated by a weight/power ratio of less than 4kg per hp.
"We’re so excited to be showcasing Alfa Romeo’s future at Goodwood with the Alfa 4C, but it’s equally important to us that we give festival goers a taste of our history too. Alfa’s heritage is so valuable to the company – it’s part of our DNA. You only have to look at the 33 Stradale and the 4C to see that amazing lineage,’ said Damien Dally, Head of Brand at Alfa Romeo UK.
HISTORIC ALFA ROMEO AT GOODWOOD
8C 2900B Speciale tipo “Le Mans” (1938)
Engine: in-line 8, 2905 cc, twin cam, double supercharger
Power: 220 hp @ 5800 rpm (217 bhp)
Top speed: 150 mph (240 kmph)
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Le Mans, this unique car was designed and engineered for the 1938 Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, driven by Biondetti and Sommer. The “8C 2900” led for a long time before retiring with a valve breakdown. This “8C” is one of the most outstanding Alfa Romeo cars ever made: the engine is the same of the “P3” single-seater, the beautiful design representing the pinnacle of Carrozzeria Touring.
Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” (1951)
Engine: in-line 8, 1479 cc, twin cam, two stage supercharger
Power: 425 hp @ 9300 rpm (419 bhp)
Top speed: 191 mph (305 kmph)
The “Alfetta” 159 was the winner of 1951 Formula 1 World Championship with Juan Manuel Fangio. Its gorgeous 425 hp in-line 8, 1.5 litre supercharged engine with “De Dion” rear suspension and a more efficient aerodynamic configuration were the main differences from the previous “158” (1950 F.1 World Champion with Giuseppe “Nino” Farina).
2000 Sportiva (1954)
Engine: in-line 4, 1997 cc, twin cam
Power: 138 hp @ 6500 rpm (136 bhp)
Top speed: 138 mph (220 kmph)
The 1954 “2000 Sportiva” is one of the most finest example of Italian design (by Franco Scaglione, signed as “Bertone” on the body): it’s a “gran turismo” based on “1900” engine, 5 speed gearbox, “De Dion” rear suspension. This technical solution anticipated the 1972 “Alfetta”.
33 Stradale prototipo (1967)
Engine: V8-90°, 1995 cc, twin spark
Power: 230 hp @ 8800 rpm (227 bhp)
Top speed: 163 mph (260 kmph)
Body: Franco Scaglione
The “33 Stradale” is considered one of the “most-beautiful-design-ever” sportscars, with its superb 2 litre V8-90° engine, for dramatic performance. Its advanced magnesium frame weighs only 54 kg. The “Stradale” represented the return of the 8 cylinder engine for Alfa Romeo. Designed by Franco Scaglione, built by Autodelta, in the factory of Settimo Milanese.
1750 GT Am (1970)
Engine: in-line 4, 1985 cc, twin cam, twin spark, “Spica” indirect injection
Power: 220 hp @ 7500 rpm (217 bhp)
Top speed: 144 mph (230 kmph)
To celebrate “50 years of Autodelta”, the 1750 GT Am represents the latest evolution of the Bertone coupé prepared by Autodelta for the European Touring Car Challenge. This model is equipped with the twin cam in-line 4 engine from the US market version, with “Spica” indirect injection. For this reason the “Am” stands for “America”. The best race performer with “GT Am” was Toine Hezemans, the “flying Dutch”.
33 TT 12 (1975)
Engine: flat-12, 2995 cc
Power: 500 hp @ 11000 rpm (493 bhp)
Top speed: 219 mph (350 kmph)
A new flat-12 engine and a tubular frame with the driver’s seat well forward were the main technical specifications that differentiated the “TT 12” from the previous V8 “33”s. With its mechanical philosophy – power and performance – it could be considered a Formula 1 car with covered wheels. The “33 TT 12” was the winner of the 1975 Manufacturers’ World Championship, driven by several top drivers: Merzario (the best performer), Andretti, Bell, Laffite, Mass, Pescarolo, Brambilla, Ickx, Facetti, Stommelen, Scheckter. Celebrating “50 years of Autodelta”, the “33 TT 12” World Title represents the pinnacle of the Autodelta wins in 1970s motorsports.
Autodelta’s original goal was to manage Alfa Romeo's official return to competitive sports after withdrawing from the F1 World Championship in 1951. It’s the reason why Alfa Romeo decided to create a special racing organisation physically detached from the production plant and having enough discretionary power to quickly take technical and sporting decisions. The most prominent figure of Autodelta's fascinating history is without a doubt the charismatic engineer Carlo Chiti.
Carlo Chiti was in motorsport during one of its most romantic eras; he worked with Enzo Ferrari, helped to design cars that won hundreds of races, and guided drivers such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Niki Lauda to many famous victories. Carlo Chiti was at the heart of Autodelta and he played a pivotal role in Alfa Romeo’s return to motorsport.
The origin of the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' (Cloverleaf) badge has been lost in legend, but today the Cloverleaf is part of the Italian Air Force's coat of arms and at the same time remains the symbol of Alfa Romeo's philosophy, based on the constant pursuit of excellence applied to competitions, and transferred to production vehicles.
The Cloverleaf badge has also become a model name in its own right, appearing on the sportiest versions of cars such as the 33, 75, 164, 145, GT, and Spider 2.0
Now the Cloverleaf has returned to the Alfa Giulietta and Alfa MiTo, the new models which have assumed a place in the tradition of the best Alfa Romeos, drawing on the heritage of dynamic performance, without compromising on efficiency, respect for the environment and convenience in everyday use.