Famous Alfa Romeo Race Cars

Famous Alfa Romeo Race Cars

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Alfa Romeo has a long history of producing some of Europe's most luxurious vehicles. Today, the brand is known for making exquisite cars such as the Giulia sport sedan, the 4c Spider sports car, the Stelvio SUV, and Quadrifolio versions of the Giulia and Stelvio. However, since being founded in 1910, Alfa Romeo has always made racing and the creation of winning race cars an integral part of what it does. Let's take a look at a few of the fine examples of Alfa Romeo race cars through the years. 

The ALFA 24 HP

Back in 1910, the ALFA 24 HP model, designed by Giuseppe Merosi, was Alfa Romeo's first automobile. During the first ten years of the company's life, the company was called ALFA, standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. The ALFA 24 HP was assembled in the Portello district of Milan and was powered by a 4.1-liter inline engine. On 14 May 1911, the 24 HP made its racing debut at the 6th Targo Floria race. A pair of special 24 HP cars were built for the occasion with 2-seat bodywork and an additional 30-litre fuel tank behind the seats. Neither car won this race but the effort established ALFA as a serious contender in European car racing.

  • Engine: 4.1L - Side valve, Inline four
  • Compression Ratio: 4.15 to 1
  • Power: 24 HP
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Brakes: Rear Drums
  • Suspension: Semi-elliptic leaf springs

The Alfa Romeo 24HP

The Alfa Romeo P2

From 1924 to 1930, the Alpha Romeo P2 was victorious in 14 Grands Prix and other major events including the Targa Florio. It was one of the iconic Grand Prix cars of the 1920s, along with the Bugatti Type 35. The P2 was the first creation of Alfa's new designer Vittorio Jano who had been recruited from Fiat by none other than Enzo Ferrari. The P2 was powered by Alfa's first inline-8 cylinder supercharged engine. With 2 carburetors placed after the compressor and many other improvements, the P2 developed a full 140 HP.

  • Engine: 1,987cc -Supercharged, Inline eight
  • Compression Ratio: 6.0 to 1
  • Power: 140HP
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Brakes: Cable operated drums - All four wheels
  • Suspension: Semi-elliptic leaf springs, friction shocks

The Alfa Romeo P2

The Alfa Romeo 6C

The Alfa Romeo 6C name was used on a number road, race, and sports cars produced between 1927 and 1954. The "6C" refers to the six cylinders of the car's inline 6 cylinder engine. Bodies for these cars were made by many coachbuilders however, beginning in 1933, there was also a 6C version with an Alfa factory body, built in Portello. The more powerful 6C 1750 was introduced in 1929 in Rome. The car had a top speed of 95 mph, a chassis designed to flex and undulate over uneven surfaces, as well as sensitive, geared-up steering. In 1929, the 6C won every major racing event in which it was entered, including the Grands Prix of Belgium, Spain, Tunis and Monza, and the Mille Miglia.

  • Engine: 1,987cc - Supercharged, Inline six
  • Compression Ratio: 5.0 to 1
  • Power: 85HP
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Brakes: Drums - All four wheels
  • Suspension: Coil and semi-elliptic leaf

The Alfa Romeo 6C

The Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione

Although Alfa Romeo had taken a break from racing and producing competition cars in the early 1950s, the company's engineers continued to innovate race cars. One of the most significant was the 750 Competizione. The 750 Competizione was a traditional, open two-seater sports car with right-hand drive and a partition running down the middle of the cockpit between the driver and passenger seats. It was a striking car with each occupant having a separate plexiglass windshield connected to a small side window. At the rear, two fins led to the small rear lights while another fin higher up merged into the driver's headrest.  Alfa Romeo only built two prototypes of the 750 Competizione.

  • Engine: 1,488 cc - Inline four
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0 to 1
  • Power: 145HP
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Brakes: Drums - All four wheels
  • Suspension: Coil Springs - front and rear

The Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione

The Alfa Romeo Giuietta 750

In 1955, a twin-cam 1290 cc engine formed the basis for a barchetta-style sportscar designed to enter competitions in the 1500 cc sports class. Abarth was tasked with tuning the engine and created the chassis. The twin-cam engine adopted a dual ignition cylinder head which increased power output to 145 hp at over 8000 rpm. For the mid-50's, the Giulietta was quite technically advanced. The engine was constructed out of aluminum alloy and the gearbox and differential casing made from the same material. The suspension was independent at the front with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and an anti-roll bar; at the rear there was a live axle with single lower trailing arms and coil springs.

The Giulietta was marketed as the "family car that wins races" by frequently beating all the competition in the touring racing category.

  • Engine: 1,290 cc - Inline four
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0 to 1
  • Power: 75 HP
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Brakes: Drums - All four wheels
  • Suspension: Coil springs - front, Leaf - rear

The Alfa Romeo Giuietta 750

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