Alfa Romeo will be key protagonist at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013, held from 11 to 14 July in the English county of West Sussex. Alfa Romeo will have a large stand at the event, where the public will be able to see the new Alfa Romeo 4C in the company of six magnificent models from the Alfa Romeo Museum: the 8C 2900B Speciale "Le Mans" (1938), the Gran Premio Tipo 159 "Alfetta" (1951), the 2000 Sportiva (1954), the 33 Stradale prototype (1967), the 1750 GT Am (1970) and the 33 TT 12 (1975).
The unquestionable star of the show, the new Alfa Romeo 4C, will be put through its paces for the first time in public. The new supercar will take part in the Festival of Speed's main event, the challenging Goodwood Hillclimb, along with four of the six historic Alfas, the 8C 2900 B Special "Le Mans" (1938), the Gran Premio Tipo 159 "Alfetta" (1951), the 1750 GT Am (1970) and the 33 TT 12 (1975).
This daunting course of almost 2 km opens with a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate, before turning sharply in front of Goodwood House. Here the climb begins, up a straight, narrow road enclosed between stone walls and dense woods towards the Goodwood racecourse, which stands at the top of the majestic South Downs. The height difference between the beginning and end of the route is nearly 100 m and the route itself is so technical and difficult that it provides a tough test for the concentration and reactions of the best drivers in the world.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed also provides an ideal occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Autodelta, the official racing section established by Alfa Romeo back in March 1963, as well as the 90th anniversary of the Quadrifoglio Verde, the legendary green four-leaf clover symbol that identifies Alfa Romeo's most sporting models.
In addition to all this, visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 will also be able to see the new merchandise collection dedicated to the Alfa Romeo 4C along with the Alfa Romeo Heritage collection. Customers purchasing items and accessories at the Alfa Romeo stand will enjoy a 20% discount off the recommended retail price and will be automatically entered in a draw for an iPad.
Alfa Romeo 4C: the perfect synthesis between the past and the future of the Alfa Romeo brand
The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old traditions of Alfa Romeo but still projects the brand's authentic values into the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence for maximum driving satisfaction and total safety. The name "4C" is drawn from Alfa Romeo's great sporting past. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, the acronyms 8C and 6C distinguished cars - racing and road-going - fitted with powerful 8 cylinder and innovative 6 cylinder engines. The new 4C is designed and built to achieve a weight-to-power ratio of under 4 kg/HP, typical of an authentic supercar. Rather than high engine output, the 4C focuses on reduced weight to deliver maximum agility and top performance.
Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and made at the Maserati plant in Modena, this captivating coupé with two racing bucket seats uses materials and design solutions like carbon, aluminium, and rear-wheel drive derived from the 8C Competizione along with technologies from Alfa Romeo's latest models, all thoroughly revised to maximise the new car's sporting appeal. The new 1750 Turbo petrol engine with direct injection and aluminium block, the sophisticated "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA driving mode selector with the brand-new Race mode prove the point.
A length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres emphasise the car's compact size while also accentuating its agility. The superb dynamics of the Alfa Romeo 4C are confirmed by a weight-to-power ratio of under 4 kg/HP, a figure worthy of the best supercars. The 4C simply screams Alfa. Its racing soul creates a unique driving sensation, on the road and even more so on the circuit, where conditions demand maximum speed and cornering ability.
Historic cars: a tribute to 50 years of Autodelta
The Alfa Romeo stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 will also be exhibiting 6 cars from the Alfa Romeo Museum. Alongside the new Alfa Romeo 4C, these classics confirm the global uniqueness of the Alfa Romeo name, and exemplify the brand's heritage of cars, men, competitions, engines, designs and ideas, a heritage that reflects the progress of motoring technology, stars in many chapters of the history of twentieth century motor racing, and is now embodied in the new 4C compact supercar, the "most Alfa of the Alfas".
With the exceptions of the 8C 2900B Speciale "Le Mans", the 2000 Sportiva (1954) and the F1 159 "Alfetta" (1951), the classics on display pay homage to the 50 years of activity of Autodelta, the racing organisation established back in March 1963 in order to manage Alfa Romeo's official return to racing following the withdrawal from the F1 World Championship in 1951 after the "Alfetta" won its second world title. To re-enter the racing scene, Alfa Romeo created a special racing organisation, physically separate from the factory and with enough autonomy to take technical and sporting decisions quickly. The most prominent figure in Autodelta's fascinating history is without a doubt the charismatic engineer Carlo Chiti.
8C 2900B Speciale "Le Mans" (1938)
To coincide with the 90th anniversary of the legendary Le Mans race, Alfa Romeo proudly presents a unique car, designed and built especially for the 1938 edition of the 24 Hours, in which it was driven by Biondetti and Sommer. The 8C 2900 led the race for many laps before valve trouble forced it to withdraw. This 8C is one of the most extraordinary cars ever built by Alfa Romeo. It is equipped with the same engine as the "P3" single seater, and boasts an elegant and superbly made body by Touring.
Engine: 8 cylinders in line, 2905 cc, twin shaft, twin turbo
Power: 220 HP (217 BHP) at 5800 rpm
Top speed: 240 km/h (150 mph)
Gran Premio Tipo 159 "Alfetta" (1951)
The 159 "Alfetta" won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1951 with Juan Manuel Fangio. This car differed from its predecessor (the 158 that raced in the 1950 Formula 1 World Championship with Giuseppe "Nino" Farina) for its more powerful turbocharged 1.5 litre, 8 cylinder in line engine developing 425 HP, De Dion rear suspension, and more efficient aerodynamic shape.
Engine: 8 cylinders in line, 1479 cc, twin shaft, twin stage turbo
Power: 425 HP (419 BHP) at 9300 rpm
Top speed: 305 km/h (191 mph)
2000 Sportiva (1954)
The 2000 Sportiva of 1954 is one of the most refined examples of Italian styling. Designed by Franco Scaglione, its bodywork is signed by Bertone. This "Gran Turismo" model is equipped with a 1900 cc engine, 5-speed gearbox and De Dion rear suspension, technical solutions that anticipate those adopted on the 1972 "Alfetta".
Engine: 4 cylinders in line, 1997 cc, twin shaft
Power: 138 HP (136 BHP) at 6500 rpm
Top speed: 220 km/h (138 mph)
33 Stradale prototype (1967)
Designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Autodelta at the Settimo Milanese works, the 33 Stradale is considered one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made. It is also capable of sensational performance thanks to its powerful, 2 litre, 90º V8 engine. The superbly elegant 33 Stradale of 1967, with its butterfly doors, featured a magnesium alloy body that was incredibly advanced for the time and weighed only 54 kg. In terms of size and layout, the 33 Stradale is clearly one of the inspirations for the 4C compact supercar. The 33 Stradale satisfied the most extreme mechanical and functional needs with unmistakable Alfa Romeo elegance.
Engine: 90° V8, 1995 cc, twin spark
Power: 230 HP (227 BHP) at 8800 rpm
Top speed: 260 km/h (163 mph)
Bodywork: Franco Scaglione
1750 GT Am (1970)
The powerful and fascinating 1750 GT Am (1970) on display at the 2013 edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed was developed from the Bertone coupé based on the 1750 GT Veloce America (hence the letters "Am" in the name). The car is equipped with a twin shaft, 4 cylinder in line engine with Spica indirect injection. This car was built by Autodelta for the European Touring Car Championship, and enjoyed its greatest success driven by Toine Hezemans, the "Flying Dutchman".
Engine: 4 cylinders in line, 1985 cc, twin shaft, twin spark, Spica indirect injection
Power: 220 HP (217 BHP) at 7500 rpm
Top speed: 230 km/h (144 mph)
33 TT 12 (1975)
1975 was probably the most prestigious year for Autodelta. The 33 TT 12 won the Constructors World Championship, an achievement repeated two years later by the 33 SC 12. The World Championship title came to Settimo Milanese thanks to a design based on a tubular frame and a 12-cylinder, 3 litre boxer engine developing over 500 HP. (The name "TT 12" refers to the number of cylinders.) The car won seven races out of eight, including the famous Targa Florio (Merzario-Vaccarella). All the top drivers of the day gripped the wheel of the 33 TT 12, including Merzario - undoubtedly the best - Brambilla, Pescarolo, Bell, Laffite, Mass, Andretti, Ickx, Scheckter and Vaccarella. The TT 12 featured a highly innovative, wide and low design, distinguished by a highly original, imposing and aggressive "periscope" behind the driver. Later, in 1977, the SC 12 debuted with a supercharged 12-cylinder boxer engine.
Engine: 12-flat, 2995 cc
Power: 500 HP (493 BHP) at 11000 rpm
Top speed: 350 km/h (219 mph)
Quadrifoglio Verde: a symbol of Italian motor racing since 1923
The 90th anniversary of the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde, the green four-leaf clover symbol that has identified some of Alfa Romeo's top performing models, is being celebrated this year. The Quadrifoglio Verde has appeared not only on many cars that have graced the world's race circuits, but also on numerous special production models too.
The origin of the symbol is lost in legend, but it is interesting to note that it appeared among the markings of the aeroplanes of the "10th Caproni Bomber Squadron" in the Great War. Today the symbol also appears in the coat of arms of the Italian Air Force. It is nevertheless most commonly associated with Alfa Romeo's sporting spirit, constant pursuit of excellence in competition and transfer of technology to production models.
The first Alfa Romeo car to bear the Quadrifoglio Verde was the 'RL' driven by Ugo Sivocci that won the 14th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. Since then, all racing Alfas have carried the emblem for good luck, ensuring its worldwide recognition. Starting in the 1960s, the symbol also began to appear on performance versions of road-going Alfa Romeos.
More recently, the Quadrifoglio Verde has reappeared on the Giulietta and MiTo, two models that follow in the best traditions of Alfa Romeo, and inherit the marque's legendary performance without compromising on efficiency, respect for the environment and convenience in everyday use. This same sporting tradition lives on in the brand-new, 170 HP, Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition 1.4 QV, a concentration of technology and design based on the Quadrifoglio Verde version and produced in only 200 examples.
Turin, 10 July 2013