Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you’ll feel like you’re actually sitting in the driver’s seat.
Ride along with us as we do a lap around Road America in the ragtop 4C during the 2016 Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally.
In may have been just a few weeks ago that we were behind the wheel of a 4C, but when someone once again handed us the keys to one of the best handling cars on sale – one that’s even sharper and more visceral than the standard 4C – you better believe we jumped at the chance to get behind the wheel.
Automotive luminary and Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson once proclaimed that in order to be considered a bonafide gearhead, one must own or have owned an Alfa Romeo at some point in their life. This was formerly a distressing prospect to those of us in the United States that were born after, say, 1970, as Alfa Romeo packed up and left the American market altogether in 1996, giving those without the masochistic urge to pick a second hand 164 little recourse to meet Clarkson’s decree outside of the handful of $250,000 8C Competiziones that made it to the US in the 2008. But this year that all changes, as the 4C serves as the opening battle cry of the Italian automaker’s charge back into the American market with cars that people with typical incomes might be able to afford, putting this otherwise almost unattainable commandment of gearhead-dome suddenly within reach. The question now is whether or not it’s a prospect worth seriously considering, so with keys in hand, we set out to determine just what Jezza was on about.
The NACA duct was designed in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a federal agency that laid the groundwork for NASA as we know it today. NACA engineers initially designed the duct as a way to feed air into an airplane engine without adding an excessive amount of drag, but it was seldom used because it provided a very limited amount of airflow.
Our friends at Motorsport Retro bring us another set of very cool cutaway images, this time chronicling Formula One engineering throughout the years. There’s something truly fascinating about getting a peek underneath the skin of some of the most technologically advanced machines of their day. The level of detail is incredible from both artistic and engineering perspective – it’s hard to imagine how they managed to pack everything into such a small amount of space.
As usual, there’s been a lot happening at the Nürburgring lately. The Porsche 918 Spyder set a new record. The LaFerrari may have been attempting to do the same. The new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 caused quite a stir with an speedy lap in the rain. Now the Alfa Romeo 4C has shaken things up with the quickest time for a sub-250-horsepower car.
Montecarlo Automobile brought out its Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga GT car to mark the 50th anniversary of Alfa Romeo’s motorsports arm Autodelta, and its founder Carlo Chiti. The car, powered by a 3.0-liter Alfa Romeo V-6 engine took to the track for the first time at Monza as part of the celebration.
Recently, Drive sent Chris Harris to Italy to review the new Alfa Romeo 4C, and subsequently published this video chronicling the test. We get a good idea of what it’s like to drive the car, plus all the sights and sounds of the gorgeous new Alfa being flogged on the road and at the track.
TeamSpeed and Autoevolution have each posted renderings of the 2015 Alfa Romeo Spider. While the renderings appear to only differ in color in backdrop, they look remarkably sharp, and could be a pretty close guess as to what the car will look like when it begins production.
With the exception of the limited-edition Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar, the storied Italian marquee has been absent from the US market since 1995, despite repeated proclamations to the contrary. If recent rumors are true, it looks like we may have to wait a even longer for Alfa to have a presence here again.
According to a new report from Motori Online, Ferrari is in the process of creating several new engines that will appear under the hoods of new vehicles from Lancia, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo.
It’s still a little bit early, but a pre-production configurator has showed up for Dodge’s newest small car. The Alfa Romeo-based Dart is set to arrive in dealers near the beginning of summer (we’ll actually be driving it in April), and should deliver some stiff competition for cars like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.
Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and its utterly jaw-dropping Disco Volante 2012, represent a lot of what we like about the Geneva Motor Show. This has always been the place for the best and most creative of the European custom builders to show their stuff, and this full-scale model is no exception.
With Aston Martin’s debut of the 2013 V12 Zagato, the editors got to thinking about their favorite cars from the famed Italian coachbuilder were. Here, we’ve selected ten of the finest, ranging from a 1934 open-topped racer to a one-off V-12 Berlinetta. Be sure to tell us about your favorite Zagato down in the comments.
There are few things that get us going like a major international auto show. The sheer level of excitement that comes with new production models is trumped only by the concept cars that preview advanced technologies, new design directions, or near-future models. There have been more than a few concepts over the past 12 months, and we’ve gathered together ten of our favorites. Also, keep an eye out for the next issue of Winding Road, where we’ll be breaking down our outright favorite autos of 2011.