It took the new Alfa Romeo 4C a total of 8 minutes, 4 seconds to complete one lap at the Nordschleife at the historic Nürburgring circuit in Germany last September 12. This speed breaks records among cars equipped with engines under 250 HP and comparable to very expensive cars powered by more impressive engines. The driver who set the record is journalist and Nordschleife expert Horst von Saurma.
The makers of the Alfa Romeo supercar are attempting to prove its car’s extreme performance and resilience by making it undergo numerous tests, which include the ‘Green Hell’ in Germany as well as the ‐35°in Sweden, the +40°of Abu Dhabi, the Arizona (USA) deserts, the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily and the Balocco test track in Italy track, where the development and testing of all Alfa Romeos have been done since 1962.
The Nordschleife has been used by car manufacturers throughout the world as a test and development track. It’s probably due to its one-of-a-kind configuration that consists of slow and fast curves and some strait stretches an undulations. As a result, it offers an excellent way to test the project’s soundness. The 'Green Hell' is the best place to test the performance features of the Alfa Romeo 4C. This car is at its finest on the track.
To achieve the best lap times, the car has to perform well when it comes to speed, short braking distances and transverse acceleration. It can go from zero to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 160mph. Its deceleration peaks in the range of 1.2 g while its lateral acceleration peaks at over 1.1g and optimum weight distribution ‐40% over the front axle and 60% over the rear. It also has a power-to-weight ratio of more than 250hp per ton.
All these factors make it deserving of being recognized as a true supercar. It comes with outstanding agility and extraordinary grip, mainly attributed to its new 240hp 1750 Turbo Petrol engine, the latest ‘ALFA TCT' dry twin clutch gearbox and the sophisticated Alfa D.N.A. selector with its new “Race” mode. The new four-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol, which features direct injection at 200 bar and an aluminium block, breaks records with regards to torque and specific power for this engine size, at more than 200 Nm/litre (147.5 lb ft/litre) and 137hp/litre respectively.
Meanwhile, its maximum power of 240hp is attained at 6,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 350Nm (258 lb ft) guarantees exceptional elasticity and sportiness since it stays constant between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm with 80% of the torque already available from only 1,800 rpm.