Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA teams up with Antonio Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team
The 2020 Formula One season officially starts on July 5th with the Austrian Grand Prix in Austria, and the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team is ready to compete, hot on the heels of Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary, which was celebrated on June 24th. The history of the brand is deeply linked to that of Formula One, winning the inaugural race in the championship’s history and propelling Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio to the title in 1950 and 1951 with the Tipo 158 and 159 “Alfettas”.
History continues with world champion Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi at the steering wheels of their C39 models. The iconic “GTAm” badge, which stands for “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” (alleggerita being the Italian term for “lightened”) will stand out on Giovinazzi’s driver suit from the restart of the season. This pays tribute to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, a limited edition conceived to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary, and represents the maximum performance statement of this iconic version of the Alfa Romeo range. The set of technical solutions adopted for the Giulia GTA and GTAm derive strictly from the technological skills acquired by Sauber Engineering during its extensive experience in Formula 1. The aerodynamic aspect has been studied and developed specifically to guarantee optimal aerodynamic loads, favoring stability and balance, especially at high speeds. Work on aerodynamic factors have included the active front splitter, the side skirts and the specific rear spoiler, as well as significant work on the car bottom and the extractor.
Exhilarating performances spanning history and future
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is technically and conceptually inspired by the 1965 Giulia GTA, developed by Autodelta starting from the Giulia Sprint GT, which achieved sporting success all over the world. The Giulia GTA is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is fitted with a more powerful version of the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo engine with 540 hp. With its extensive use of ultra-light materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of 100 kg compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, achieving an exceptional weight/power ratio of 2.82 kg/hp, making it the best-in-class.