Two historic title-winning Alfa Romeo racers, the 33TT12 from 1975 and 155 V6 TI from 1993, are back in dynamic action this weekend during "Classic Days", which is taking place at the medieval castle of Schloss Dyck, not far from Düsseldorf, Germany.
FCA Heritage, the company’s department dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the historic legacy of FCA's Italian brands, is participating in this event, with a booth exhibiting several classic models from the Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Abarth brands. "Classic Days" is regarded as Germany's equivalent of the "Goodwood Festival of Speed".
Centre stage this weekend amongst the many historic cars on display and in action of the course are two racing cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese, the 33 TT 12 and the 155 V6 Ti, which are being driven during the "parade"s respectively by two motorsport stars, Arturo Merzario and Christian Menzel.
Merzario, famously, was one of the driving crew of the 33 TT12 that helped Alfa Romeo to win the World Championship for Makes with this car in 1975.
Alongside these historic models FCA Heritage is presenting several contemporary production cars, starting with the first SUV in Alfa Romeo's history, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The stand also features a further trio of classic models, notably the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale from 1963, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA from 1965 and the Fiat 124 Sport Spider from 1969 - as well as two more current production models, the Abarth 695 Rivale and the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design.
Alfa Romeo 33TT12 (1975)
Developed by Carlo Chiti, the Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 ("Telaio Tubolare") debuted at Spa-Francorchamps in 1973 and went on to claim the 1975 World Championship of Makes after winning seven of the eight races on the calendar.
The car also stood out particularly on the Targa Florio, with Nino Vaccarella and Arturo Merzario clinching the tenth victory for Alfa Romeo in the legendary event.
It was on the roads of Sicily that Alfa Romeo registered some of the finest achievements in its racing history with ten overall victories, three second places, seven third places and ten fastest laps.
As well as this amazing tally, the brand also holds two records: for consecutive victories (6 wins from 1930 to 1935) and for first and second finishes in the same year (five times). This is not to mention the many class wins, with the Giulietta SZ and the Giulia GTA, TZ and TZ2.
Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI (1993)
The Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI competed in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), the most prestigious touring car racing championship of the period, in the early nineties.
At first, all the cars were exclusively German, that was until 1993, when Alfa Corse joined the series with the 155 V6 TI driven by Alessandro Nannini and Nicola Larini as well as other exmples that were entered by semi-official teams.
The debut was resounding: the 155 V6 TI won both races that comprised in the first round which was held at Zolder in Belgium. By the end of the season, Larini had won no fewer than 10 of the 20 races to clinch the Drivers’ title while Nannini's added two more wins and helped secure the Manufacturers’ title for Alfa Romeo.
It was nothing short of a shock for the Germans, who reluctantly accepted that the top level DTM championship had gone to an Italian brand on the year of its debut. This year is in fact the twenty fifth anniversary of that historic achievement.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio last September set the new record for its class on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
The SUV is equipped with an aluminium 2.9 V6 twin-turbo petrol engine, which delivers maximum power of 510 hp and generates peak torque of 600 Nm. This power plant is fitted to a specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds (when in 'Race' driving mode). Its performance is excellent too, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and achieving a best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h.
The Alfa Romeo sports SUV is also efficient in terms of emission and fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the 'sailing' function, available in Advanced Efficiency mode.
And for the first time, the 510 hp 2.9 V6 twin-turbo petrol engine is combined with the brand's Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations.
Abarth 695 Rivale
Riva, the historic, world-famous yacht builder, noted for its Italian elegance and style, has helped to create the Abarth 695 Rivale which aims to be as elegant and unique as a Riva motor yacht and deliver outstanding performance, just like every Abarth special series.
Available as a limited edition in sedan and convertible version, the Abarth 695 Rivale comes with exclusive two-tone paintwork (“Riva Evening Blue” and “Shark Grey”), as well as two aquamarine stripes running around the waistrail, similar to the "beauty line" that appears on yachts. Thre is a satin chrome finish on the door handles, an "695 Rivale" signature logo on the tailgate and rear wings and and a satin chrome moulding on the tailgate, that all try to mimic the sophisticated forms of a yacht.
Under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale is the 1368 cc engine providing a maximum power of 180 hp and a torque of 250 Nm. The power-to-weight ratio of 695 Rivale is 5.8 kg/HP with a weight of 1045 kg while top speed is 225 km/h and it takes 6.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.
Fiat 124 Spider S-Design
Fiat 124 Spider S-Design is the special series that comprises of a roll-bar and burnished front pillar and mirror caps as well as 17-inch alloy wheels with a specific pattern, the Italian flag badge on the rear, and the red decal side rocker stripes.
Inside the standard equipment level has been improved as there are four airbags, automatic climate control, MP3 radio with USB port and four speakers, leather seats and steering wheel, lower fascia and brow of the dashboard with visible seams, cruise control and Keyless Go system. Also featured are Active Hood Lift System, chrome twin tailpipes and fog lights.
Under the bonnet is the usual 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with MultiAir technology, which delivers 140 hp and 240 Nm, and is available with either a six-speed manual gear or automatic transmission. The performances with manual transmission comes out at a top speed of 215 km/h and 7.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (214 km/h and 7.6 seconds for the automatic version).
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