Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo has unveiled the final version of the Alfa 8C Competizione, its flagship sport coupé that will be produced in a limited edition. Among the technical highlight are the carbon fibre body and a robotised 6-speed gearbox.
The car, designed by Alfa Romeo, is directly derived from the 8C Competizione concept car unveiled at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.
From the official Press Release:
The 8C Competizione has benefited from Alfa-Maserati Sports Centre’s technical and industrial know-how, in a cooperative venture that integrated the Alfa Romeo design departments and the Maserati production departments.
The 8C Competizione is inspired by Alfa Romeo’s glorious past, projecting its brand values of technology and emotion into the future. The historical allusions begin with the evocative name, recalling the great sporting tradition of Alfa Romeo.
This link with the values of Alfa Romeo’s history adds extra poignancy to the term ‘Competizione’; when projected into the future it represents the sense of constant dynamism that distinguishes a brand engaged in a quest for excellence, increased competitiveness and technological innovation.
This is the explanation behind the role of the new car, which is not a point of arrival but a point of departure designed to reaffirm Alfa Romeo’s unique place in the world: its ability to match a thrilling shape to driving satisfaction.
According to Alfa Romeo, "the designers have worked hard to ensure that the aerodynamic and performance demands have not altered the car’s original concept. The style maintains an incredibly clean shape, uncluttered by any element interfering with the overall harmony."
The solutions introduced on the Alfa 8C to achieve the highest levels of aerodynamic efficiency are not limited to the shape. Air wraps around the car and follows its natural course, unhindered by corners and unevenness.
All the pillar and glass surfaces and profiles together with the door mirror shape and position have been optimised by mathematical modelling and also by wind tunnel tests and tests on actual models.
Much attention has been devoted to the creation of a ground effect that has allowed a negative Cz (lift coefficient) to help increase stability at high speed, as on racing cars.
"The car surfaces are highly sculpted and skilfully moulded. In detail, the body is given extra dynamism by the horizontal furrow cut into the side above the front wheelarch.
"The big wheels and powerful musculature of the rear wings emphasise the model’s personality and strength without detracting from the lines that flow smoothly, almost as though to underscore the formal good looks of the individual exterior details: the drop-shaped headlight embedded, gem-like, in the front wing, the led tail-lights that are a blend of technology and rationalism, the spare door handle.
The innovative shape heralds the details and proportions of future Alfa Romeo cars but is also redolent with past thrills and historical allusions: the 33 Coupé Stradale, the Giulia TZ and many other great names of motoring history.
The Alfa Romeo style centre also developed new colours to emphasise the shape of the 8C Competizione that match the car’s sinuous shape while also suggesting modernity and a hint of technology.
The 8C Competizione is based on a steel compact frame combined with carbon fibre body panels. This solutions reduces weight and lowers the centre of gravity for better agility and handling.
The car layout uses a transaxle architecture with a rear robotised 6–speed gearbox, with speed selection by means of levers behind the steering wheel, and self-locking differential.
Due to the small axial engine size and the integration with frame components from the drawing board, the entire power unit can be housed well back to ensure an optimal weight distribution.
The suspension features a double wishbone layout, forged aluminium axle carrier and arms and extra strut for toe-in control. Electronic systems include VDC, an advanced stability and traction control system.
The braking system offers perforated, ventilated discs with aluminium brake callipers. The 20-inches wheels mount tyres specially developed to ensure outstanding performance: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, fitted on perforated rims in fluid moulded aluminium.
The engine is a brand new 90° V 8 cylinder unit with a 4691 cc capacity, designed to ensure high performance combined with a smooth drive and being usable in all circumstances, from the track to city traffic.
The engine block and base assembly is in aluminium with 5 main bearings; cylinder heads are also in aluminium alloy.
All the ducts (water, oil, secondary air) are cast directly into the engine to produce a system with great rigidity and low dimensions.
Special attention has also been devoted to the acoustic definition and tuning of the intake and exhaust in the quest for a sound timbre that enhances the car’s character and makes it unmistakable.
The anatomical seats are made out of carbon fibre that can be adjusted and customised on the basis of the driver’s physical characteristics.
Everything is designed and produced to ensure the greatest user-friendliness for the passengers: relaxed driving position, intuitive instruments that are always visible, robotised gear levers secured to the steering column and easy to reach without removing your hands from the sporty steering wheel.
The carefully-crafted and detailed finish naturally allows the car to be customised to the driver’s taste and a choice of different interior environments is available.
(Source: Alfa Romeo)