The Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes an EV for a new entry in the upcoming ETCR series, which is for electric vehicles derived from production cars. The Romeo Ferraris team from Monza, Italy, is creating the machine, and competition begins in 2020.
Romeo Ferraris released the first image of the race car on Instagram (above). The crew is the first non-factory team to join the ETCR Series. Other entries include automaker-backed efforts from Cupra and Hyundai.
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The ETCR series begins in 2020 with a four-race calendar, but the number of events should grow in 2021. The rules stipulate the racing machines must use a four- or five-door production vehicle as a starting point. They must use an electric motor with 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) of continuous power and 671 hp (500 kW) of max power. The models pack a 65-kilowatt-hour battery. A single-gear transmission would drive the rear wheels.
The motor, gearbox, inverters, and battery pack are a common package for each vehicle, but the teams can figure out how to fit it into the chassis.
Romeo Ferraris is familiar with racing Alfa Romeos after designing and producing the version of the Giulietta for the existing TCR series. It has scored wins in both the TCR International Series and FIA WTCR.
"After giving the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR the best results that could be achieved by an independently-run program such as ours, we are taking a brave dive into the new ETCR series concept. We believe that electric is the obvious choice for the future, not only for automobility but also for motor racing," Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager, said in its announcement of taking the Giulia racing.
Source: Romeo Ferraris via Instagram
Gallery: 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia (Euro model)
Romeo Ferraris has announced the launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR project.
The company has been involved for more than five years in the design and production of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, which has become a race winner in every national and international championship in which it took part, including the TCR International Series and FIA WTCR.
Following the announcement of the new ETCR series, Romeo Ferraris decided to embrace the new philosophy while remaining faithful to the Alfa Romeo brand, and so elected to design and develop the Giulia ETCR. The project will bring the Giulia name back to motor racing, fifty years after the Giulia Ti Super made its racing debut in 1962.
Romeo Ferraris has been successful in motor racing since 1965, and by engaging in the ‘electric era’, it now takes up a new challenge, which marks its first venture into the world of alternative energies, after having reached the highest standards in engineering and performance with thermal engines. For this project, Romeo Ferraris will benefit from the support of Hexathron Racing System as technical consultant.
Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager said: “After giving the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR the best results that could be achieved by an independently-run programme such as ours, we are taking a brave dive into the new ETCR series concept. We believe that electric is the obvious choice for the future, not only for auto mobility but also for motor racing. Our engineers are already at work and we are starting this journey later than the big carmakers that have already been engaged in electric racing for some time, with way more resources than a private constructor like us. Regardless of all that, we will do our utmost to keep our reputation high, as we have always done so far.”
Marcello Lotti, president of WSC Group that has launched the ETCR commented: “Very few brands in motorsport history have such great tradition and appeal as Alfa Romeo. We are delighted and proud that Romeo Ferraris has embarked on such an ambitious programme that involves another mythical name like Giulia. The company has proved its expertise and professionalism with the successful Giulietta TCR and I am confident that they will be up to the task in this new demanding undertaking.”