More technical and production info on Alfa Romeo 4C unveiled [w/video]

Article by Anita Panait, on June 18, 2013

Alfa Romeo has disclosed more technical and production information about its up and coming Alfa Romeo 4C compact supercar. The two-bucket seat Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from the 8C Competizione -- carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive. It also uses technologies from the latest Alfa Romeo models, but were further developed to enhance the compact supercar’s sports appeal. The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine featuring direct injection and aluminium block.

The engine is paired to a modern ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission and features the Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode. The production process for the Alfa Romeo 4C combines Alfa Romeo’s design roles and Maserati’s manufacturing functions with engineering and technological contribution from the best of Italian parts makers. 

Designers of the Alfa Romeo 4C focused on lightness and efficiency over greater horsepower, which would have affected the model’s purchase and maintenance costs. This makes the compact supercar to become both exclusive and achievable for Alfa Romeo fans across the world.

Through sophisticated technology and superb craftsmanship as well as modern materials, the Alfa Romeo 4C boasts of a weight to power ratio that is less than 4kg/HP with a total dry weight of just 895kg. The Alfa 4C uses 10% carbon fiber that accounts for 25% of the model’s overall volume. Carbon fiber offers the best weight/stiffness efficiency for the model. 

The structural function monocoque makes up the central, load-bearing cell of the chassis, but only weighs 65kg. Having access to Formula 1-inspired manufacturing technology and the manual craftsmanship of the Italian artisans, Alfa Romeo is the only brand that could assure a production of over 1,000 examples annually. The Alfa Romeo 4c will have its dynamic UK debut at the 2013 Festival of Speed in Goodwood.

The solid proportions make this automobile with its two bucket seats a genuine original compared to its peers: it measure a little under four metres long, 200 cm in width, 118 cm in height, and has a wheelbase under 2.4 metres. These measurements function to both accentuate the car's 'supercar dimensions' and to accent its dexterity.

Conceived by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the advancement of the 4C's outside was typified from the beginning by the need to augment the styling of the vehicle and the technical traits from both an energetic and streamlined viewpoint. Because of this, all the design resolutions implemented have been enhanced according to the supreme aim of the vehicle: performance.

To fulfil this goal, the shapes were considered as sculptures, so the engineering team worked alongside the design team to etch out all the inventive aerodynamic results. The outcome of this collaboration resulted in a vehicle that communicates essential sports styling via a combination of expertise and attractiveness, which are indispensable necessities for every Alfa Romeo sports car, where shape is always the foremost first function. Furthermore, each structural component has been developed for ultimate energetic efficacy, and to help produce the downward force necessary to guarantee utmost grip when taking corners at speed.

The rear capacity, with its lithe and all-encompassing form, encircles and enfolds the vehicle’s beating heart: the mechanisms and the engine, that all can be seen through the back window. All of this, due to the improvement of a discernible muscle over the wheels, provides potency and supremacy to the back section.

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