The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA debuts at Balocco Proving Ground

The Quadrifoglio-derived race car with 540hp wis available to order now.

Alfa Romeo have finished the development of their new Guilia GTA and GTAm arching back to their original from 1965. It will feature unique livery and will even come with its own tailor-made car cover.

Constructed out of predominantly ultra-light components such as carbon fibre and composites, the engineers at Alfa have managed to cut the weight down to around 1500kg which is practically nothing for a 540hp. In their vast efforts to shed as much weight as possible, they have removed many of the heavier elements of standard cars including rear door panels. The car is a true supercar and but unlike other cars from its price range it has five seats, enough for the whole family.

Alfa did not only put some of their best engineers on the job of making their new car one of the fastest but also recruited the invaluable F1 aerodynamics knowledge of Sauber Engineering. The firm has 50 years of experience including 27 in F1 and to aid the process has one of the most advanced wind tunnels in Europe. The Swiss company have fitted the GTA with a manually adjusting front splitter and rear aerowing so that the aerodynamics can be customised to suit each track it turns up at. The car has triple the downforce when compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio!

The front of Alfa's new Guilia GTA

The front of Alfa's new Guilia GTA

Bosch were also involved in the production of this high-tech racer, giving the engine some smart control modules. These two control units, fitted to each bank, can disable one bank at a time to reduce the emissions and fuel consumption on longer drives. Bosch and Alfa Romeo engineers collaborated on the acceleration control functions meaning that the car can get from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 191 miles per hour!

The location of its debut was equally spectacular to match the car's performance; the Balocco Proving Ground, built in the 1960s, has 80km of track making up 27 different circuits in total and is home to the development and testing of all Alfa's cars.

Only 500 will be produced in total making giving it rarity on top of its looks and performance. This incredible speed and handling comes at a price though but it may not be as high as you expected; this 2.9-litre, V6 monster will cost the owner €181,500.

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  • Sauber is a Swiss company, not a Swedish one.

    Switzerland and Sweden are different countries.

      1 month ago