Octane | Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and 4C

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Alfa Romeo 33

Stradale and 4C

Romeo is launching a new mid-engined car inspired by the amazing 33 Stradale. So put them side by side…

Romeo 33 Stradale and 4C

Inspiration in many forms, but none so as this. Moments earlier, the to Alfa Romeo’s Centro design centre viewing had quietly been pulled and now, in the soft, diffused sits the magnificent Alfa 33 Stradale.

Blessed with that steal the breath your lungs, the 33 Stradale is one of the and most spectacular Alfa ever built. Frequently amongst the world’s most cars, it is by any benchmark a fascinating and machine.

Impossibly low and cartoonishly it is a masterpiece of 1960s … and exaggerated proportions, this design fused with racing technology and a single-minded of performance. Even in a decade blessed with an abundance of sculptural car designs, the 33 Stradale out as mind-blowingly exotic.

It was significant in ways too, proving not that Alfa Romeo compete successfully with on the racetrack, but that its road could also match for outright brio. As an exercise in the perceptions of what Alfa was capable of, the mid-engined 33 Stradale was a symbol of the company’s ability and

Fast-forward four-and-a-half decades and Romeo is again pushing the with a mid-engined design. The of this year’s Geneva Salon, the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive, 4C hasn’t come a moment too The Milanese marque has been in mediocrity for years, producing cars that fall short of challenging the

best in class. The new Giulietta a welcome renaissance, but the 4C is a spark to the flames of passion in a new generation of

The man responsible for the 4C concept is Marco and he’s taken a break to us in the viewing room for a conversation the 4C and how it relates to the 33 Stradale. And I suspect he resist another opportunity to run his over the iconic 1960s one more time.

‘The time I ever saw the 33 Stradale was in the museum. Now to see it side-by-side with the 4C is special.

For sure, the Stradale was a big in designing the 4C. I think it’s a to duplicate, so we decided not to copy or to use the kind of detailing. Instead we to develop the concept of the car in broad to use the 33 Stradale as an inspiration, but to reinterpret the theme rather than to recreate it.

Besides, the 33 is from a time. Back then were very free their designs, very Now we have many things to into account, such as impact heights and crash These make it much to be so uninhibited with our ideas, but I think it was a real treat a holiday to work on creating the

There’s no doubt the two cars more than just a The philosophy of lightweight construction, dimensions and the very latest runs through both a strand of DNA. Where the 33 has magnesium in its chassis-frame, the 4C employs

Likewise, where you find a manual Colotti transmission for its day) in the 33, the 4C features a dual-clutch And, of course, most of all, both cars are for ultimate weight distribution and agility.

Both, too, small-capacity, high-output engines, it’s fair to say the 33 Stradale’s twin-spark V8 detuned from race specification yet still of developing 230bhp at a scintillating has the edge over the 4C’s 1750cc direct petrol four-cylinder for raw animalistic appeal. The Stradale also teaches the 4C a in minimal mass, weighing 700kg versus the new car’s weight of 850kg, although no question it manages this by little more than a car with an upholstered interior. All considered, the 4C’s weight is for a car designed to be as safe and clean as it is and seductive.

‘I think the 4C is appropriate to Alfa Romeo something like the 8C,’ Tencone candidly. ‘The 8C was and fast, but it was a big jump from the of the range. For me the most sporting is about going faster lightweight construction and good not thanks to a big and powerful engine. like the GTA and TZ1 from the 1960s.

I it is right for us to make fast, efficient and affordable cars you don’t so much sit in as put on, like a of clothing. I think this is the 4C is about.’

By contrast the 33 Stradale was expensive. Priced at the equivalent of in 1967, it was more than times the price of the already and lightweight racebred 1300 GTA and more than five the price of the series production Spider. No wonder Alfa’s department Autodelta built 18 cars, in a protracted production run stretched from 1967 to

There’s no doubt that the 33 is a car of its time. Gloriously uninhibited and impractical, it’s a perfect of the almost total freedom its Franco Scaglione had to make the fantastic shapes that his dreams. Literally knee-high and little or no concession to what recognise as occupant safety (or comfort), the 33 Stradale doesn’t try hard to disguise its racing

It’s an awkward blighter to get Once you’ve managed to yourself unceremoniously, I might add the cockpit, you’re greeted by a laid-back, arms-stretched, knees-splayed position. The plump, caramel-coloured look great and are typical of supercars of the era, but are pretty

From the outside you wonder why extended the windows into the but as you close the door above head you are grateful he did: them the 33 Stradale would be a nightmare. As it is you find yourself down into the fixed-back to achieve the optimum sightline the bulbous goldfish-bowl windscreen.

that demented, diminutive V8 hollering behind your and the hot Italian sun beating down on you the glasshouse, driving the 33 Stradale in would be an intense experience. Not I’d complain if someone me the key

Those spontaneous, carefree of car design may be long gone, but the estimated performance figures a top approaching 160mph and a sub-5.0sec time are a bold demonstration of the made in engine and transmission It’s impossible not to fall in with a fire-spitting road like the 33, but there’s something impressive about the 4C’s to match the performance of its racebred using clean, efficient and humble oily bits.

Alfa Romeo 33

Listening back to the recording of my with Tencone, it’s to find it is punctuated by long Not because the Alfa designer has to say, but because he’s rendered speechless by the sight of the 33 and his latest creation sharing the space! He’s clearly of the 4C and excited about what it for Alfa Romeo as the marque its second century of car-making.

me the most important thing is the of the surfaces, not to simply apply a that defines every in the range. For Alfa Romeo the is to have an individual car that has a sporty, emotional design. I we have to design cars for Romeo, not for the market as such.

If you at Maserati in China, sales are well but the car is not designed for China. buy because they identify what a Maserati is. If we are true to Romeo, people will what makes the brand wherever they live.’

So the 4C be true to the core values of the but it will also be a ‘world’ It will also be close to the you see here, at least when it to the exterior. Not surprisingly, the paintwork a satin finish with a but tactile rubberised surface make it to production but, for a few possible tweaks to air intake and minor alterations to the glasshouse, is confident what we see now is what get when the car goes on sale.

That’s largely due to the intrinsic of the design, but it’s also the programme has real impetus and that are too good to squander. As says: ‘It’s important we 4C concept to the next level as Mr Marchionne [Sergio, the boss of Romeo] likes things with pace.’

To achieve the 4C has steered clear of pie-in-the-sky technology, relying instead on such as the engine and transmission already exists. Tencone be drawn on suppliers or manufacture of the chassis, but he did say there were at three companies including maker of the KTM X-Bow’s chassis the capability to produce the 4C’s lightweight tub.

Such partnerships are increasingly common in the of carbonfibre components. After if a company like McLaren can the manufacture of its MP4-12C tub without resistance, then Alfa has to worry about.

According to the most fluid area of the design is its interior. ‘We to evoke the feeling of being in an old racing car. The 4C is a dynamic, car, so it’s important you feel like you’re of it when you’re sat behind the

He’s right. Once negotiated the sill and dropped the supportive seat you notice the unbroken arc that spools the dashboard and swoops down the of the car to create a fine but distinct between you and the passenger seat. no need for an old-fashioned gearstick or lever (steering wheel and a parking brake switch those functions covered), the have clearly enjoyed the to have some fun.

As with all concepts, the 4C’s is a mesmerising mix of exuberance and adventure. plenty of exposed carbonfibre, of brightwork and a dazzling array of instruments and stylised switchgear. are some beautiful touches like the long aluminium that curls seductively the headlining and culminates in a support for the mirror.

There are also theatrical elements, such as the race-inspired fire extinguisher Clearly some of the 4C Concept’s flourishes will be sacrificed and will be toned-down for production, but if any car can afford to be bold it’s Romeo.

There’s no doubt the 4C has tremendous attention and praise press and public alike. that means Alfa has to the 4C’s driving experience on the promise made by Tencone’s it also signals an intent to Alfa’s fortunes with a car appeals to your heart as as your head. With seemingly committed to vacating the sports car segment in an effort to itself into Porsche and territory, Alfa Romeo to mention Abarth, with the open-top version of the 4C) has a golden

If it can bring the 4C to market with a price tag it will offer a credible, highly desirable to the Porsche Cayman/Boxster and give the car market, not to mention Alfa a real shot in the arm. We wait to drive it.

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