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    Alfa Romeo 156 Type 932

    Alfa Romeo 156 Type 932 1997-2007
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  •   David Vivian reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    / #2016 HURACÁN GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán-GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán / #Lamborghini /

    HURACÁN GT3 DEBUT VICTORY

    The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 scored its first victory of the season 2016, by winning against 32 rival cars in the first round of the German #ADAC-GT-Masters in Oschersleben . On the top step of the podium were drivers from the #Austrian-Grasser-Racing Team , #Rolf-Ineichen and #Christian-Engelhart .

    During the Oschersleben race weekend, #Bonaldi-Motorsport also debuted it’s Lamborghini Huracán GT3. The Italian team showed excellent performance in Race 1 on Saturday and took third place but a penalty during the pit stop did not allow #Milos-Pavlovic and #Patrick-Kujala , to celebrate on the podium. ‏ — at Oschersleben, Germany
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  •   Phil Ward reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    The wait is over! 2016 is proving to be a bumper year for new arrivals from Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo. In the last two weeks we have attended not one but two new car launches, with more to come in the following weeks. Firstly we drove the new Fiat Tipo in Turin, a car that reinforces Fiat’s model range following the phasing out of the Grande Punto. Not only that, but the Station Wagon version reintroduces an estate car, which has not been listed since the Fiat Stilo and Alfa 159. Despite the very attractive pricing, mainly due to low cost manufacturing in Turkey, the Tipo does not feel as if it has been built down to a price. Given the practicality of both the Hatchback and Station Wagon, the high build quality, smart appearance and choice of the popular 1.6 diesel and 1.4 turbo engines, then I think we will soon be seeing lots of Fiat Tipos on our roads. / #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-Type-952 / #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-952 / #Alfa-Romeo / #2016 /

    While the Fiat Tipo is a welcome addition to FCA’s portfolio, its arrival was somewhat overshadowed by the long awaited #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia . CEO Sergio Marchionne said he wouldn’t launch the car until it was exactly what the Alfisti required and he has pretty much delivered the goods. Before I was let loose to drive the 503bhp Quadrifoglio at the Balocco proving ground, I was chauffered by an Alfa Romeo test driver around the damp track. The demonstration was sensational, the highly experienced driver took the car beyond limits that I could never achieve given the short time we had available. What a superbly engineered and exciting package the Giulia is. When I eventually tried both the manual and automatic (no TCT option) versions for myself I was pleasantly surprised to find that the paddle shift auto actually provided the better driving experience. The gear changes were so quick and rewarding that the manual change was almost laborious by comparison.


    Out on the road I drove the 2.2-litre diesel (178bhp) and 2.0-litre (198bhp) petrol versions of the Giulia, the models that will undoubtedly be sold in greater volumes than the ‘halo’ Quadrifoglio . The handling and ride quality of these cars is truly remarkable, the rear-wheel drive combined with a superb suspension set-up was a revelation. My favourite drive was the 2.0-litre petrol version, which has a satisfying Alfa rasp at high revs. Turbo technology, prevalent on most cars now (even Ferrari), means that it’s all over at relatively low rpm, 5500rpm in this case – something that the Alfisti will have to come to terms with. The UK will receive the 2.9-litre #V6 #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-Quadrifoglio and 2.2-litre #MultiJet models later this year, hopefully the petrol version will arrive later. Next up the Fiat and Abarth 124 Spiders – exciting times!
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  •   Adam Towler reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Fiat’s revival of the Fiat-124-Spider title will, no doubt, regenerate interest in the original car to carry the name, which debuted at the Turin Show 50 years ago. Almost 200,000 Spiders were built and many of them went to the USA. Over its 29-year production span the 124 Spider had five different engine capacities offering varying degrees of performance. Its purity took a dip in #1975 when the USA imposed serious emission restrictions and inflicted the cars with heavy, impact resistant bumpers. A compromise was achieved in the 1980s with the introduction of the Spider 2000 (later Azzura) for the USA market. The similar Spidereuropa, as the title implies, was for the European market. These cars were a complete revamp of the original 124 having the benefit of efficient fuel injection and were generally better appointed. / #Fiat-124 / #Fiat / #Fiat-124-Spider / #Fiat-124-Sport-Spider / #Pininfarina

    Meanwhile, the UK market considered that the technically advanced, stylish, twin-cam 124 Spider would not be competitive with its national treasure the MGB (basically a two-door Austin Cambridge), so right-hand drive 124s were never officially imported into the UK. The cars that do exist are all conversions, save for one Spidereuropa that was presented by Pininfarina at Earls Court in 1982 to tempt Fiat dealers to place orders. Sadly it didn’t happen.

    The first Spiders that did actually make it over to the UK were personal imports, like my own red Spider imported in 1977 after serving with the RAF in Germany. I repeated the exercise in 1983 after another RAF Germany tour with my second car, a 1980 Spider 2000. After seeking out like-minded enthusiasts I became a founder member of the Fiat Twin Cam Register, which sparked off my interest in writing. So the 124 Spider has a lot to answer for...

    The classic car boom in the 1990s saw many USA 124 Spiders come back to Europe to feed the demand in the new market. Although these cars were bodily sound, the asthmatic USA spec engines were a disappointment and provided lack lustre performance. Some enthusiasts that were handy with spanners uprated their cars by fitting tuned European engines and replaced the soft suspension, which I did with my final Spider, a blue car that is still operational with its current owner. Some cars were better prepared than others leading to many half converted abandoned projects appearing on eBay.

    The best prospects today are cars in original specification or properly restored condition. These cars are now quite rare, but they are out there as a trip to the wonderful Padova Show will prove. Occasionally a Spider will come up for auction and one such car is in the catalogue for the RMSothebys Monaco sale on May 14th. It’s a Spider 2000, almost identical to the one I brought back from Germany in 1983. With just 25k recorded miles it has to be the best example currently available. Accepting that the glamorous sale location will probably enhance the sale price, the figure achieved will set the bar for future prospects. Very tempting.
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    / #2016 HURACÁN GT3 LAUNCHED / #Lamborghini-Huracán-GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán / #Lamborghini /

    Lamborghini have built 40 Huracán GT3s for 20 customer teams to race in 13 championships worldwide. The 2016 European series starts with Blancpain GT Sprint Cup Series at Misano with a grid of 40 cars including seven Lamborghini Huracán GT3s.

    The Huracán GT3 is the first race car developed exclusively at Sant’Agata Bolognese. Its design is based on a hybrid body shell mainly formed of aluminium and reinforced with carbonfibre components in the areas of greatest torsional stress. Dry weight is 1230kg.

    The body is crafted in composite materials (CFK, Kevlar and fibreglass), and the aerodynamics were developed together with #Dallara-Engineering , featuring the direct support of #Gian-Paolo-Dallara , the company's founder. As in the Huracán Super Trofeo, the body has a quick-connect fastening system for the body panels and high-performance radiators for engine coolant, and engine and gearbox oil. The aerodynamics of the car have been optimised to improve air stream penetration and to maximize grip and traction in any conditions, on any type of track. Extensive development ensures extremely efficient aerodynamics, thanks in part to an adjustable rear wing, front and rear diffusers and front air intakes, which can be regulated to obtain the best set-up on any track, whatever its condition. The Huracán GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre 90° #V10 engine with direct injection and derived from the street version of the Huracán. With rear-wheel drive, the Huracán GT3 is equipped with a Hör 6-speed sequential gearbox with three-disc racing clutch controlled by two paddles behind the steering wheel.


    The #Bosch-Motorsport-ABS braking system boasts ten positions that can be selected by the driver using a button on the steering wheel, and the same is true for the traction control adjustment, which can also be set over ten parameters to trigger the system according to road grip and degree of tyre wear. The price of the Huracán GT3 is €369,000, excluding taxes and delivery.
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  •   Phil Ward reacted to this post about 4 years ago
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    Lamborghini Huracán

    Lamborghini Huracán 2013 - LB724 body type
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