Alfa Romeo gave the Giulia GTA to their F1 drivers
The perfect palate for the perfect artisans?
A beautifully sculpted body, ignited by a monstrous twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine - the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA might just be the perfect blend of artistry and velocity. Packing 533bhp, paving the way for a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds, and on to a limited top speed of 191mph, the GTA is not only the fastest, but also the most extreme road car that the fabled Turinese firm have ever made.
It's only fitting then, that they handed their latest creation over to the two men that've been tasked with getting their Formula 1 team back to the top: Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi. The location for their 'all hands on deck' test was Alfa's historic Balocco Proving Ground - the place where they've carried out tests and development since the early 60s. Here's what happened when the chains were unshackled:
As seen in the video, leading up to the shakedown session, both drivers are given explicit instructions that they must bias their driving towards getting as much feedback from the car's massive rear spoiler, and its aerodynamic configuration, as possible. They then get a run-down of what other components of the car will require further trialling - you get the impression that Alfa are meticulously engineering the GTA to be a real gamechanger in the automotive world.
And who can blame them? With an achingly gorgeous exterior, and a mechanical set-up that will surely be their building block for the foreseeable future, this car may just signal a new era for the manufacturer that many people, myself included, believe is one of the greatest of all time. Three wise men once agreed that you aren't a true petrolhead until you've owned an Alfa Romeo - and I don't think praise can get much higher than that.