Here's something from yesterday that was utterly unexpected, one of the best car days I've ever had.
I got invited by Motor Trend to participate in a shoot for a feature they’re doing on the new Giulia. They wanted a small spectrum of Alfa performance sedans, so mine, a Milano Verde, and two new Giulias. Spent the whole day at Thunderhill (west track) with the editorial and production teams, and Randy Pobst, who did the serious track driving. A few pics here, have a ton more I will sort today.
These Giulias are both Quads, 90* V6, based on a Ferrari engine. Roughly 500 HP. They go on sale next month, as I hear it. These were both US-legal cars. One had carbon brakes and carbon seats, otherwise the spec was the same. There will also be a TI version with four-cylinder engine. Also had the blue 2017 M3 Competition Package (“Compac”) with carbon brakes, seats, other goodies to compare on the track. It too is roughly 500 HP. It wasn’t planned thus, but I got to drive them all, and Randy did some laps in my Super, including getting it sideways for the camera. Easy with 500 HP, not easy with 100. Old tires help.
It was an honor and a treat. Long day doing photo setups and whatnot, but really, I was so lucky someone happened to mention me to the editor as a local Giulia nut. How could I say no? Did some full-on hot laps with Randy in the red Giulia, I could hardly keep my head up. It pulls about 1 g in cornering and 1.2 g in braking, they say. One editor got sick from the g forces. I was out for 5-6 laps, felt OK. I took my camera but it was not possible to use it while lapping. My drive in the M3 and Giulia, didn’t try to light up anything, just pootled around. Just figuring out the shifting, starting, parking brake, etc., when you’re used to a 50-year-old car is a tall order.
And as always, the Super just motored. 250 miles up and back, and maybe 25 track miles. I got a salad and a half tank of gas out of it!