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The Alfa Romeo Racing Formula One drivers joined the test session of the all new Giulia GTA and GTAm at the Balocco Proving Ground

21 Oct 2020 | International News : Italy

The Alfa Romeo Racing - ORLEN Formula One drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, participated in a day of real-world tests on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm at the Balocco Proving Ground, fine tuning parts developed in collaboration with Sauber engineering.

The Giulia GTA project benefits from the long-standing partnership with Sauber Group AG and leverages the know-how of its engineering and aerodynamics divisions. Sauber boasts 50 years of experience in motorsport and is one of the few F1 teams with its very own wind tunnel.

Aerodynamic research from the wind tunnel has been used to hone components for the Giulia GTA and GTAm
Alfa Romeo entrusted Sauber Engineering with the production of most of the carbon fibre components in the GTA and GTAm, especially those with an aerodynamic impact. These include the new front bumper, the side skirts, the diffuser, the GTA spoiler and the GTAm aerowing.

Aerodynamic research from the wind tunnel has been used to hone components for the Giulia GTAm, including the wing appendages and fully faired underbody. The manually adjustable front and rear wings on the GTAm have been developed to adapt the car's aerodynamic performance to any kind of track or road, at the request and preference of the driver.

The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a new diffuser capable of increasing the car's downforce, guaranteeing excellent grip at high speeds. On the Giulia GTAm, the high-downforce aerodynamic configuration is able to deliver an impressive lift coefficient, twice as much as the GTA and three times that of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

The Formula One drivers worked with engineers to finetune the car's setup and aerodynamic enhancements
To complete the fine-tuning of the GTA and GTAm, the F1 drivers analysed the changes made to the car and gave an account of their impressions on the track, resulting in a thorough assessment of the effects on vehicle dynamics.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm are derived from the Giulia Quadrifoglio, equipped with an upgraded version of the 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo engine, now with 533bhp. In GTAm guise, it benefits from a weight reduction of 100kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 2.82kg/hp.

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