Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa announced this week that it will return to the local motorsport arena with its Alfa Romeo GT 3.2l V6 car. The car is set to participate in the Africa Endurance Series 2015 this weekend in KwaZulu Natal.
Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa is the importer of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fiat Professional and Abarth cars in South Africa.
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 Group Automobiles’ previous foray into motorsport locally dates back to the Alfa Romeo 147’s that were campaigned 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 the 11th April.
Alfa Romeo GT 3.2l V6’s transmission, clutch and differential all enjoy motorsport enhancements allowing the technicians to increase power without sacrificing reliability. The updated differential also helps direct the extra power to the front wheels by increasing traction.
Updated brakes include bigger calipers and disks as well as improved brake pad friction material adding to the stopping power whilst allowing for longer runs under extreme conditions.
These increases in performance come with challenges, more power, more friction and more mechanical grip generates more heat. Extra cooling air is directed via ducting to the engine and transmission lubricants and to the brakes ensuring that the race car can sustain longer periods in a controlled environment.
Furthermore, 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.