Alfa Romeo has just confirmed that the new model Giulia is expected to be powered by a Ferrari-derived V6 engine. The new mid-size sedan, from the famous Italian car company will have its debut in the form of the concept at the Milan’s Expo 2015 on June 24. It is expected to go on sale in the spring of 2016. The new engine is expected to be replacement for the 1750 TBi engine and will be capable of delivering 298 hp (222kW) in its highest state of tune. 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulia will be based on a Maserati-developed platform and come with a standard rear-wheel drive. In some select markets, there’s will be and an optional AWD. FCA claims that the factory Termoli will be capable annually to produce more than 200,000 units of new Alfa. This means that the capacity of this plant is sufficient to meet the needs of about 50% of planned annual production of the brand Alfa Romeo, according to plans for 2018.
Legendary Italian marque Alfa Romeo has been tipped as a potential supplier for the FIA’s planned new F2 category, according to sources in Italy.
Last Friday, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council approved the creation of a future FIA F2 Championship, aimed at bridging the gap between F3 and F1 and completing its single-seater ladder that starts with F4.
A detailed F2 project will be submitted to the WMSC in July. Interested promoters will then be sought, although a date has not yet been given as a target launch season.
The Ferrari/Alfa link
Former Ferrari F1 team principal Stefano Domenicali is in charge of the planning of the new series in his role as president of the FIA’s single-seater commission.
The championship will be one-make, with sources in Italy suggesting that Ferrari is keen to supply the engine in the form of a non-hybrid V6 – perhaps badged as Alfa Romeo.
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has made it clear he aims to push the Alfa brand back into the limelight in the future, and declared last year: “Our industrial international network will especially focus on Alfa Romeo, and this brand will represent the best that Italy has to offer.”
A brand with huge history
Since exiting the touring car arena in the mid-2000s, Alfa has had no official representation in motorsport. It first raced in 1911, and went on to win the first two Formula One World Championships.
It has since raced sporadically in F1 as a constructor and engine supplier, and provided IndyCar and F3 powerplants too.
At Marchionne’s behest, Alfa logos have appeared on this year’s Ferrari F1 challenger.