Unique: Alfa Romeo plots F1-inspired supercar for 2023

F1-inspired Alfa Romeo supercar deliberate
Due on sale by mid-decade
Set to bid farewell to twin-turbo V6

Alfa Romeo is creating a brand new supercar as a probable swansong for its sensible twin-turbo V6 engine and to take a flavour of its System 1 workforce onto the highway.

The challenge is predicted to see the sunshine of day as a design research subsequent 12 months, with a low-volume manufacturing automobile to observe earlier than 2025 – if ample Alfisti put their cash down.

A dream that comes from the highest

Model CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato is set to ship some Alfa Romeo halo vehicles. ‘I completely have two desires: 33 Stradale and Dueto,’ he informed CAR again in January 2022.

‘If at some point, I’m capable of say okay, “Alfa Romeo is safe now”. [Then] Dueto and 33 Stradale are my favorite choices for the longer term. I want to carry [them] onto the market. We are able to dream.’

CAR has already scooped the electrical Dueto – a successor to the famed Nineteen Sixties Spider – one in all 10 initiatives ‘on the desk’ in keeping with Imparato.

And a follow-up to the 33 Stradale (beneath)? That’s some of the lovely Alfas in historical past, which used the mid-engined chassis and V8 engine of the Tipo 33 racing automobile. In 1967, Franco Scaglione designed a clear, curvaceous and totally gorgeous physique for the roadgoing Stradale model. Solely 18 have been constructed.

Alfa Romeo 22 Stradale

An electrical or petrol-powered supercar?

Imparato has decreed that Alfa Romeo will solely launch electrical vehicles from 2025 – which suggests any petrol-powered supercar must arrive rapidly. Revealing a brand new halo automobile in 2023 can be in step with the hints of head of design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos: ‘We’ll shock you. Perhaps. Sooner or later. Quickly,’ he teases.  

Might it’s electrical? Lotus is engaged on mid-engined electrical vehicles which stack battery modules vertically behind the driving force in what it calls a ‘chest’ design. However Mesonero-Romanos has dominated out such an strategy from Alfa Romeo, utilizing Stellantis’s new STLA electrical platforms.

Automotive instantly requested the design chief whether or not Alfa would ship a petrol-powered halo automobile, to be met with a smile and a shrug. ‘I believe you realize what meaning however I’m not saying something,’ he replied enigmatically.

Alfa has a sensational engine within the 503bhp, twin-turbo V6 developed for the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It’s additionally been prolonged to 533bhp for the stripped-out Giulia GTAm supersaloon.

Alfa Giulia GTAm sideways

The bottom engine can be sensational in a light-weight supercar – including electrical modules can be costly and sophisticated, although a V6 hybrid would supply some symmetry with the F1 racer’s drivetrain. Additionally, Ferrari F1 provides the Alfa’s engine – and former Ferrari engineers labored on the Giulia’s V6 too.

Will the Sauber F1 operation be concerned?

Alfa Romeo is in its fourth season partnering with the Sauber System 1 workforce, which has raced in motorsport’s pinnacle occasion since 1992.  

Alfa CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato opinions continuation in F1 yearly, however he sees true hyperlinks between the collection and his highway automobile operation. ‘System 1 is a type of parallel with [where] Alfa Romeo desires to be right now and new product. It’s according to my historical past, as a result of Alfa has been dwelling since 1910, in a world of efficiency and on this planet of System 1. It’s completely according to my DNA and the one motorsport self-discipline that [stretches] worldwide is F1.’

Alfa Romeo: roadgoing supercar could cement F1 creds

And Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos has robust hyperlinks with the Sauber operation, with design sharing an workplace constructing with Cristiano Fiore who’s in control of the System One Motorsport operation. ‘We do some work with Sauber,’ he says.’ We now have a enterprise in frequent.’

Alfa Romeo highway vehicles have been examined in Sauber’s wind tunnel – and it will be excellent for honing the aerodynamics of a future supercar.

A carbonfibre chassis?

Alfa Romeo introduced plans for a brand new mid-engined supercar in 2018, within the Fiat-Chrysler period. However this was shelved when Alfa’s comeback gross sales didn’t sustain with expectations.

Now Stellantis is in cost, and growth work may very well be restarted. It was due to make use of a carbonfibre monocoque chassis and put on carbon physique panels, and the mid-engined 4C of 2014 additionally had a carbon chassis. There’s additionally extra carbonfibre know-how in sister model Maserati with its MC20 supercar, and the Sauber F1 workforce.

Alfa Romeo's fabled V6 engine: F1-inspired supercar could be swansong

The aborted Alfa supercar was tipped to mix the twin-turbo V6 (above) with an electrified entrance axle, to provide all-wheel drive. Again in January, Imparato informed CAR that his choice is for rear-wheel drive Alfa sports activities vehicles – until that compromises efficiency. ‘Why not rear-wheel drive if I’ve the efficiency? If not, I favor to be all-wheel drive.’

The design

Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos joined Alfa Romeo in summer season 2021, and since he inherited the Tonale SUV he has but to disclose his design philosophy.

However the ex-Seat/Cupra designer has outlined his intentions to CAR: he desires his Alfas to set off an instantaneous emotional and ‘visceral’ response.  ‘Whenever you speak about Alfa Romeo, about Italian, about feelings, [I want people to think]: “I like it, I love it!” That is the primary factor, which may be very straightforward to say however very troublesome to do.’

Alfa Romeo design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos

Like all designers, Mesonero-Romanos (beneath) is obsessive about nice proportions, and desires his Alfa Romeos to nimble-looking with clear surfacing.

‘Alfa Romeo was daring and really progressive; simply consider the BAT fashions from Scaglione which have been actually on the forefront of innovation. And through the ‘80s, Alfa turned not so daring, I might say. I wish to come again once more to this daring perspective, to ensure we’re progressive.’

One factor’s for positive: the mid-engined supercar gained’t be retro – even when it’s a non secular successor to the 33 Stradale.

‘I cherished the Alfa Romeo Montreal from Gandini. But when I needed to do one thing like that once more, I wouldn’t carry essentially these parts. [Instead] I’ll attempt to consider the spirit of a automobile – on this case one which was very horizontal, very agile. I’ll attempt to analyse what’s its spirit, what evokes me after which from there given all of the constraints that we now have in a brand new challenge, I attempt to construct it into a brand new philosophy to make it possible for the sensation is similar.’

‘Our vehicles are going to be daring. However don’t anticipate retro vehicles – our vehicles are going to be full Alfa Romeo.’

And nothing can be extra full Alfa Romeo than a brand new, F1-inspired supercar.

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