|Alfa Romeo last weekend presented the 2013 Disco Volante at the historic cars exhibition of Concorso di Eleganza di Villa d’Este. The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring was one of the gems of the Italian historic cars showcase.|
Vying for popular votes in the “Concept Cars & Prototypes” class, the Alfa Romeo Volante two-seater coupé was crafted by the Milanese atelier on the base of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione; similar chassis and engine specifications.
The alluring car blends aesthetic quality, sporty highlights and the search for the essential, as well as employing cutting-edge materials (carbon fiber and aluminium) for minimal weight. Each example requires more than 4000 hours of highly qualified labor, and is built only on request.
The car pays homage to the Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 “Disco Volante”, a coupé with unique characteristics that sees its 60th anniversary this year. Designed by Carrozzeria Touring in 1952, the C52 boasted the characteristics of extremely light weight and aerodynamic efficiency, making a great impact in the collective imagination and earning itself the nickname of ‘Disco Volante’ (Flying Saucer). It immediately became an icon of automotive design.
The backbone of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring is the chassis of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, selected for its light, rigid structure, perfect as the basis for redesigning a high-performance car. In detail, the architecture features a mid-front engine, transaxle gearbox and rear-wheel drive: this layout offers an optimal 49-51% load distribution between the front and rear ends. It features double-wishbone suspension, with forged aluminium uprights and supports and additional strut at the rear for toe-in control.
The compact, light engine is a 450 HP, 4.7-litre V8 with 480 Nm of maximum torque. The gearbox is electrically operated with 6 speeds and paddle control, while the limited-slip differential (LSD) and self-ventilating brakes are marked by their generous dimensions. With this specs, the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and reaches 290 km/h.
At the conclusion of the Concorso exhibition, the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante picked up the brand’s second ‘Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes’. Previously, the Alfa Romeo 4C was the overwhelming favorite at the historic cars exhibition.
Edited: FIAT – Alfa Romeo