HEADED FOR PORT SHEPSTONE: The Alfa Romeo GT 3.2l V6 "Squadra Corse" will race in the Africa Endurance Series in Port Shepstone on April 11. Image: Quickpic
MIDRAND, Gauteng - Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa will use a Alfa Romeo GT 3.2l V6 "Squadra Corse" to race in the Africa Endurance Series in 2015.
The resumption of local racing with the head-office supported Alfa Romeo Motorsport is being hailed by local "Alfisti" as the premium brand has an illustrious history in South African motorsport.
Alfa says the return to the track is certain to evoke memories of the monumental on-track battles that were fought in the seventies and eighties with names like Arnold Chatz, Abel D'Oliviera and Nicola Bianca, to name a few.
Fiat's previous foray into local motorsport dates back to the Alfa Romeo 147's that were raced by the company in 2007 and 2008 and the brand's heritage has been maintained right up until today by enthusiastic classic car racers.
With the support of ADF Motorsport, the FGA technical team has built the race car in record-breaking time to ensure it is fully race-ready for its debut appearance at the first event in Port Shepstone on April 11.
The Alfa Romeo GT has been raced successfully in endurance racing internationally and will form the basis for the local race car.
The transmission, clutch and differential all enjoy motorsport enhancements allowing the technicians to increase power without sacrificing reliability.
The aerodynamic downforce is improved by including aero aids in the form of splitters and a rear wing, generating extra downforce allowing the car brake later and carry higher cornering speeds.
The Alfa Romeo GT is fitted with a 6-point safety cell that is integral to the safety of the occupants. This allows the technicians to control the suspension dynamics by setting up a perfect balance using weight distribution and the many adjustments in the race-bred suspension. This rigid structure stops any flex in the chassis allowing the shock absorbers to do all the work.
The car is also fitted with FIA approved race seats; the driver's seat includes head protection in case of side impact.
The Alfa Romeo GT will be driven by Theo van Vuuren, John McLachlan, Martin Botha and Bradley Scorer and will take part in the following Africa Endurance Series events:
Port Shepstone - Dezzi Raceway, April 11 2015
Johannesburg - Kyalami, May 9
Cape Town - May 16
Welkom - Phakisa, July 4
Johannesburg - Kyalami, November 21.