Alfa Romeo returned to Components One racing as a title sponsor and technical accomplice of Sauber for the 2018 season and that partnership continues for 2019. Nevertheless, off the observe, the Italian luxurious model’s street vehicles may get a dose engineering affect from Sauber.
Pistonheads reported on Tuesday that the Swiss staff’s engineering division and Alfa Romeo will collaborate for street vehicles sooner or later. The extent of the collaboration is murky, as Sauber appeared to tease a “secret mission,” whereas Alfa Romeo downplayed the agency’s future affect.
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Crew Principal Frederic Vasseur advised the web site Sauber and Alfa Romeo are engaged on a mission outdoors of F1 and it is practically full. He referred to as working alongside Alfa Romeo on street vehicles a “big alternative” and hinted that a lineup of Sauber-influenced Alfa Romeo vehicles may come to life. But, chief designer Klaus Busse, who oversees Alfa Romeo design amongst different Fiat Chrysler Cars manufacturers, appeared to strip away the jubilance Vasseur confirmed.
“The concept that one thing (extra excessive) will are available response to our F1 staff, I do not assume that it’s a necessity as a result of our vehicles now are extraordinarily succesful as they’re,” Busse stated. He famous the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are already “a handful” and except a purchaser is an expert race automobile driver, there’s not a lot room to make them extra excessive. That would rule out a Pink Bull Racing-Aston Martin-like partnership for a hypercar just like the Valkyrie. Alfa Romeo and Sauber sound far aside on how a lot collaboration there will probably be.
2019 Alfa Romeo C38 Components 1 race automobile
Sauber may tune some Alfa Romeo automobiles with carbon-fiber bits and chassis parts. It may additionally churn out a line of special-edition vehicles with F1-inspired design parts or branding with Alfa Romeo Racing’s new driver, Kimi Räikkönen. He joins the staff after racing for Ferrari final season.
Alfa Romeo’s return to F1 final yr was hardly profitable because the staff posted an eighth-place end. Nevertheless, the staff has excessive hopes for 2019 with a star driver and new race automobile able to roll.