New ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ models celebrate the brand’s racing history with unique livery and carbonfibre upgrades
To mark the arrival of Antonio Giovinazzi on its Formula 1 team’s driver roster, and to celebrate the brand’s extensive racing history as a whole, Alfa Romeo has revealed new ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio special editions.
Complete with livery matching that found on Alfa’s 2019 C38 F1 car, both the special edition road cars receive an array of tweaks over the standard models. There’s a specially tuned titanium Akrapovič exhaust system to let the 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant breathe more freely (and, we assume, more noisily). Also fitted are red brake calipers, carbonfibre mirror caps and side skirts, tinted windows, carbonfibre inserts on the steering wheel and gear selector, and a badge stamped with the Alfa Romeo Racing logo. Meanwhile the carbonfibre-shelled Sparco racing seats get red stitching details, and on the Giulia you’ll also find an exposed carbonfibre roof and carbonfibre kick plates.
The models promise a marginally lighter kerb weight compared with their standard counterparts, because as well as the various lightweight carbonfibre components and the lighter exhaust system, the cars also get carbon-ceramic brake discs, bringing unsprung weight down. Alfa hasn’t said how much weight is saved in total, however, and no improvement is claimed in the performance figures: the 0-100km/h sprint for the 375kW Giulia still comes in at under four seconds, and it’s around the same for the heavier, all-wheel-drive Stelvio.
The special editions will also receive the brand’s usually optional Adaptive Cruise Control function and Harman Kardon sound system as standard.
Pricing and availability for the Alfa Romeo Racing models are yet to be revealed. However, the Turin marque will reveal more information at the Geneva motor show in March.