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Alfa Romeo 8C
Information about Alfa Romeo 8CThe Alfa Romeo Competizione is a sports car produced by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo. It was first presented as a concept car at the 2003 (14 years ago) Frankfurt Motor Show and later released for sale for the 2007 (10 years ago) model year.
2003 concept carBlack 8C production version.The 8C Competizione was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003 (14 years ago). The lines of the twin seater are meant to echo the styling of Alfas of the 1930 (87 years ago) and 1940s, and the "Competizione" name is a reference to the 1948 (69 years ago) 6C 2500 Competizione, which competed in the 1949 (68 years ago) and 1950 (67 years ago) Mille Miglia race and came third both times. It was in the latter of these two races that the car was driven by Juan-Manuel Fangio and Augusto Zanardi. It won the 1950 (67 years ago) Targa Florio. A 3.0 litre prototype was built but not produced. These 6C 2500 models were among the last vehicles with links to the pre-war cars.
2007 production versionDuring the Mondial de l'Automobile 2006 (11 years ago), Alfa Romeo announced the production of a limited series of 500 units of the 8C Competizione. The production version is very similar to the concept, with the biggest difference to the exterior being the rear-hinged hood. The car came in four colours: 8C Red, Competition Red, black or yellow. The bodyshell is made of carbon fibre, produced by ATR Group. The carbon fibre body is fitted to a steel chassis, made by Italian company ITCA Produzione. The final assembly takes place at the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy.
PowertrainThe car uses a modified Maserati platform and powertrain (Maserati 4200, GranTurismo) and features a Ferrari/Maserati derived 90 degree cross-plane dry-sump lubricated 4.7-litre V8 assembled by Ferrari. The top engine performance figures may be summarized as a maximum power of 331 kilowatts (450 PS) at 7000 revolutions per minute, a peak torque of 480 newton metres (354 lbf·ft) at 4750 rpm (80% at 2500 rpm) with an engine redline of 7500 rpm and rev limiter of 7600 rpm. The V8 engine has variable timing in intake valves and compression ratio of 11.3.
The six–speed transaxle gearbox has computerized gear selection by means of levers behind the steering wheel and may be used in Manual-Normal; Manual-Sport; Automatic-Normal; Automatic-Sport and Ice modes. The gearbox can shift in 175 milliseconds when using Sport mode. The 8C also has a limited slip differential.
PerformanceIt is fitted with specially developed 20 inch tyres: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, fitted on perforated rims in fluid moulded aluminium. The 8C brakes have been called "phenomenal" by Road & Track magazine, with a stopping distance of 32 metres (105.0 ft), when travelling at an initial speed of 97 kilometres per hour (60 mph). The official top speed is announced to be 292 kilometres per hour (181 mph) but it might be higher, with estimations that it could be around 306 kilometres per hour (190 mph) according to the Road & Track magazine. An Alfa Romeo engineer also stated that it is faster than the announced top speed.
Production numbers and marketsThe 8C was built in a limited production run of 500 units, and Alfa Romeo earmarked the entire production run among several important markets; the entire run quickly sold out. The 8C marked Alfa Romeo's return to the American market in 2008 (9 years ago), after withdrawing in 1995 (22 years ago). The first 8C was delivered to an Italian customer in Oct. 2007 (10 years ago). The first American-market 8C was seen in Nov. 2008 (9 years ago), wearing "001 USA" registration plates. The car was purchased by movie director and stock exchange magnate James Glickenhaus, also known for being the owner of the bespoke Enzo-based Ferrari (95 walls) P4/5. The 8C's production run was completed by the end of 2008 (9 years ago).
Racing versionThe possibility of an official racing version of the 8C was first hinted at in 2006 (11 years ago), when the computer came Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo, developed by Black Bean Software in collaboration with the automaker. Two racing versions of the car were included. Alfa Romeo later announced that they were preparing to race the 8C in events such as Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. It is expected that race version chassis will be made by Dallara. As of 2009 (8 years ago), the 8C has not been raced by a factory-sponsored team.
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