Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goes Racing In British Touring Car Championship

Remember the Alfa Romeo Giulietta? Don’t blame yourself if you’ve forgotten. It’s been in production for nearly eight years now, and has long since been overshadowed by the newer Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. But it still has some life in it.

Or at least one racing team thinks it does, so it’s taking it to the track to compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

Unveiled this week at the Autosport International show in the UK, the racer stems from a partnership between Duo Motorsport and HMS Racing (previously known as Handy Motorsport), with support not from the manufacturer itself, but from a council of Alfa Romeo dealers.

Exact specifications weren’t revealed, but it’s been built to comply with the championship’s Next Generation Touring Car regulations. That means a 2.0-liter turbo four mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, in this case likely driving the front wheels (like the road-going model on which it’s based).

The ECU is furnished by Cosworth, and the clutch, pedal box, and brakes are supplied by AP Racing. The aero package is tightly governed, and the whole project is designed to be cost-effective – enough for an independent team to undertake it.

That’s how the BTCC has attracted so many different entries: the Giulietta will be dicing it on track with NGTC versions of the Audi S3, BMW 125i, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, MG6, Subaru Levorg, Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen CC. (Last year saw the Mercedes A-Class, Chevy Cruze, and Toyota Avensis too.) That’s some varied field, so the Alfa will have to be mighty quick to make its mark in one of the most competitive racing series in the world.

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  • Six_Tymes

    very cool looking racer. would love to know the performance specs of it

    • Should be the same with other NGTC spec car, I remember the engine is capped at 300hp.

  • Michelin

    Giulietta won 2017 Bahrein race in TCR International Series driven by Borkovic

    • You should add that it’s a different car, Giulietta TCR and Giulietta NGTC is different cars in specs and regulations.

  • Ad far as I know, Both Avensis and A-Class will compete in this year BTCC as well.

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