"Special guest" at the 2011 edition of the historic "Mille Miglia" tribute will be Alfa Romeo 4C Concept that will be displayed on "Piazza della Loggia" in Brescia. The compact "supercar" represents the true essence of a sports car, according to the brand's values: performance, Italian style and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety.
The new concept presents the classic formula of the two-seater, rear-wheel drive coupé with its engine at the centre, a length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres: dimensions which serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. Distinguished by its graceful and clean external lines, the same principles are also applied to the inside, with the Concept's specific on-board design maintaining features and devices which directly reflect the car's sporting spirit.
On the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept technology and materials derived from the 8C Competizione find a home - carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive - and technology derived from Alfa Romeo models currently on sale: the 1750 turbo petrol engine with direct injection, the "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA dynamic control selector. Quite simply, this vehicle screams Alfa. Its sports car soul creates a unique driving sensation, both on the road and when racing, where its velocity and transverse acceleration become even more demanding.
For the 2011 edition of the historic "Mille Miglia" tribute, the Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring team will be lining up three official Museum vehicles which, in accordance with the regulations, took part in the Mille Miglia race, held from 1927 to 1957, and which saw Alfa vehicles triumph some eleven times: a record which remains unbeaten.
From 1928 to 1947, the Mille Miglia was one of the great classic competitions in which Alfa Romeo dominated, while in the 1950s, the brand collected a whole series of prestigious victories, just as important as they were achieved by vehicles in mass production, thus demonstrating the excellence of the brand's products.
The Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring team will line up the 6C 1500 Super Sport, the "oldest" model, entrusted to the Moceri-Labate crew and identical to the model which Campari and Ramponi won the great Brescia race in 1928. The second vehicle to be entered in the race is a 6C 1750 Gran Sport from 1930, driven by Salvinelli-De Marco, a model which became legendary through the Mille Miglia: it was in a similar 1750 that Nuvolari and Guidotti won in 1930, the edition in which the driver from Mantua achieved a record of 100 km/h average speed over the whole race and the contrast with Varzi, also driving an Alfa Romeo 1750, became the leitmotif for the race. Finally, a 1900 Super Sprint from 1956 completes the official vehicles group: two journalists will drive this coupé with a body of a Touring car, typical of the 1900s, the "sports saloon which wins the races", prestigious gran turismo in the 1950s, and top of the Alfa Romeo range at the time.
The official historic vehicles from the Alfa Romeo History Museum will be accompanied by a fleet of six Alfa Romeo Giuliettas, a true concentration of performance, comfort and safety as demonstrated by the spectacular 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Petrol - winner of the "Best New Engine of the Year 2010" award by the International Engine of the Year committee - to which is added the 140 HP 2.0 JTDM-2 which completes the turbodiesel range. The Giulietta is also a functional car that offers roomy interiors and superior comfort with 5 comfortable seats, in addition to being the safest compact car according to Euro NCAP (5-star 2010 rating with an overall score of 87/100) with a focus on minimising running costs, as demonstrated by the 35,000 km servicing intervals for diesel engines.
11 May 2011