1967 Alfa Romeo produces 18 examples of the 33 Stradale, the homologated version of the Tipo 33 used in racing. The car is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of all times. It enters the history books for its totally performance-oriented design philosophy and dramatically low weight.
It is packed with innovative technology, including a brand new chassis with a mixed structure derived from aeronautical technology, made from magnesium alloy and steel tube.
This is the car from which the Alfa Romeo 4C draws its inspiration, form and content.
As can be seen at first glance, the two cars share the same lines, in which every single element has an essential function, and nothing is superfluous. This perfect balance is the result of coherent design choices and perfect harmony between mechanical and stylistic requirements.
From concept car to production model, the changes are minimal, and made only for homologation purposes.
The objective is to give enthusiasts the supercar of their dreams, a car with unique styling and design choices, to be driven on both road and track. Once, this was a dream. Now it is the Alfa Romeo 4C.
No concessions to style for its own sake, to convenience or to any desire to surprise. The essence of the Alfa Romeo 4C is simple: pure performance. Every single design decision was taken with this in mind.
The heart of the beast, a centrally mounted engine, is clearly visible through the back window.
Every other element in the car starts from here. The round rear light clusters blend into muscular rear wings that house the air intakes for the intercooler. The energy-packed and dynamic sides taper into a perfect front profile for the headlights, inside which two V-shaped lines dive down to the shield-shaped grille and Alfa Romeo symbol.
The result is a car that conveys the pure spirit of motorsport. Every structural element has been conceived to fulfil a specific aerodynamic function, and to help create the downforce needed to ensure maximum grip under fast cornering.
Entering an Alfa Romeo 4C means entering the world of motorsport. As with the exterior, everything on the inside has a precise function: The 4C dispenses with the superfluous and provides only the essentials for superior driving performance.
To start with, the unique body cell is made from bare carbon fibre. Inside, competition seats guarantee a comfortable but correct racing posture. The seats incorporate a reinforced composite structure and special lightweight padding. The upholstery is in either technical fabric or leather.
On the 4C, absolutely everything expresses the racing spirit of Alfa Romeo. The steering wheel is moulded at the bottom. The dashboard is made from a thermoformed shell like those found on limited edition supercars. And the controls are all oriented towards the driver to give complete control of the car. The instrument panel graphics have a high visual impact and are clearly inspired by those of sports motorcycles and competition cars. Aluminium pedals and heel guards form the last details of a true sporting character.
Alfa Romeo decided to produce the 4C in Modena, and set up a dedicated unit inside the town's Maserati works. Here, the focus is always on evolved technology and top quality craftsmanship, a combination that leads to the production of cars that are truly unique in technical solutions and attention to detail.
On the 4C assembly line, people make the difference. The expert technicians dedicated to the production of this new Alfa Romeo have undergone 500 hours of special training and have also followed the last product development process for 10 months. They all have an enviable level of in-depth technical knowledge as a result. Assembly technicians follow every phase of the process personally and, at the end of the line, perform rigorous quality control tests to ensure that all components function perfectly. The finished car is then handed over to expert test drivers for dynamic performance testing under a wide range of conditions. Only then is a new Alfa Romeo 4C declared ready to take to the road.
The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed by Alfa Romeo and is produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, but Italian automotive excellence can be found in every single element of the car. The biggest Italian names in the sector, already suppliers for the biggest supercar manufacturers in the world, played their part in creating the Alfa Romeo 4C:
Adler Group: manufacturer of the carbon monocoque
Emarc: manufacturer of the roll bar, crash-boxes and all aluminium mounts
IMR: manufacturer of the bodywork in composite material
That’s why the Alfa Romeo 4C represents Italian manufacturing excellence in the automotive sector.
he functioning logic of all electronic systems has been optimised to obtain exactly the right level of performance for the driving conditions. You can change the character of your 4C with the touch of a finger: docile and prudent (All weather), balanced but sporty (Natural) or fast and aggressive (Dynamic). The Alfa Romeo DNA selector has offered three driving modes since 2008. On the Alfa Romeo 4C, the system has been thoroughly revised to respond to the needs of a high performance supercar.
The three existing modes have therefore been supplemented by a fourth: Alfa Race.
Alfa Race is most extreme performance mode, and is engaged by moving the mode selector to Dynamic position and holding it there for a few seconds. Alfa Race mode puts you in total control of your car under race conditions. By minimising the interventions of electronic systems, it leaves you, the driver, in complete command.
In Alfa Race mode, ESC stability control is normally deactivated and only intervenes to prevent loss of control under harsh braking. ASR is also deactivated under acceleration and braking, leaving you to control traction through the accelerator pedal alone. Alfa's Q2 differential control system, on the other hand, remains active, as it is essential to permitting fast exits from bends.
Dynamic mode configures the car to deliver great driving performance. Engine control parameters are configured to respond instantly to accelerator input and the Alfa TCT gearbox selects a rapid action program to reduce gear shift times by up to 25%. The ESC system permits a certain angle of drift and only intervenes if steering wheel position and drift angle could put the car at risk.
Natural mode is designed for everyday use. Gear shift parameters are configured for maximum comfort and smoothness. In manual mode, the Alfa TCT transmission makes up for loss of driver concentration. The Auto-Up function shifts up to the next gear when engine speed approaches the permitted limit, while the Auto-Down function shifts down as soon as engine speed falls below 1000 rpm. Finally, the Alfa Q2 differential operates in soft mode and only cuts in if one of the rear wheels suffers a significant loss of grip.
All Weather mode should be selected to ensure maximum safety under adverse weather conditions.
In All Weather mode the car responds to accelerator input very gently. The ASR system selects special engine and brake control logic and, in the event of loss of grip, modifies power to match road speed and prevent skidding that could otherwise be difficult to control..