Sauber Engineering brings the racing spirit to the road with Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
Sauber Engineering is bringing the know-how and experience of five decades of motorsport to the road with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and its extreme version, the GTAm, which have been unveiled to the international press during a special media event at the Balocco Proving Ground (VC), Italy, today.
Inspired by one of the most successful models in Alfa Romeo’s 111-year history, the new Giulia GTA is the epitome of style, mechanics and driving pleasure. The new Alfa Romeo sedan embodies the know-how generated by Sauber in over 50 years at the highest levels of racing: indeed, Sauber Engineering, part of the Sauber Group, have been directly involved in the design, optimisation and production of the carbon fibre components in the Giulia GTA and GTAm. Sauber’s expertise was focused on parts with the highest aerodynamic impact, such as the new front bumper and active front splitter, which can be extended for use on the track by up to 40mm on the GTAm, the side skirts, the diffuser, the GTA’s spoiler and the GTAm’s aerowing, adjustable to four positions.
The technical collaboration between Sauber Engineering and Alfa Romeo meant the expertise and facilities of the Swiss company, including one of the most advanced wind tunnels in Europe, played an active role in creating a road car with the soul of a racer. Courtesy of the manually adjustable front splitter and rear aerowing, the Giulia GTAm can adapt its aerodynamic performance to any kind of track, precisely following the requests and preferences of its driver. The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a special new air extractor capable of increasing the car’s ground effect, thus guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds. More specifically, the Giulia GTAm is able to develop double the pressure compared to the Giulia GTA, and a triple increase compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, a highly significant figure that testifies to the great work done by the Alfa Romeo and Sauber technicians.
The transfer of knowledge wasn’t limited to the technology, either. The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen, played an active role in the development of the Giulia GTA and GTAm, taking part in track testing sessions, during which they provided invaluable indications to the Alfa Romeo engineers, in particular in relation to the car’s aerodynamic performance and handling.
From the Sauber Engineering workshops, through the track and onto the road. The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm are the clearest example of the strong and growing relationship between Sauber and Alfa Romeo – bringing passion for racing and motorsport expertise into everyday life.