Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione 1987 – Francja

Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione to jedna z 500 sztuk, przygotowanych do spełnienia wymogów homologacyjnych wyścigowej grupy A. Co ciekawe, jej wyjściowa moc to jedynie 155 koni mechanicznych, podobnie, jak w standardowej wersji Turbo, choć tajemnicą Poliszynela jest, że samo zwiększenie ciśnienia doładowania pozwalało zwiększyć moc dwukrotnie, a nie był to jeszcze koniec możliwości rozwojowych tej maszyny. Z zewnątrz samochód wyróżnia się poszerzeniami nadwozia oraz zmodyfikowanym przednim i tylnym spojlerem. Prezentowany egzemplarz to czystej krwi samochód wyścigowy, który przez lata uczestniczył we włoskim i holenderskim czempionacie. Auto dostarczone do Alfa Corse, z czasem zostało przebudowane do najmocniejszej specyfikacji IMSA – International Motor Sports Association – północnoamerykańskiego związku wyścigowego odpowiedzialnego za tworzenie regulaminów wszystkich serii wyścigowych w USA. Ostatni zarejestrowany start tego egzemplarza odbył się w legendarnym wyścigu górskim Vernasca Silver Flag w 2016 roku. Auto aktualnie jest sprawne, choć przed ponownym startem wymagać będzie serwisu. Dom aukcyjny poleca starty w rozlicznych wyścigach górskich, jak i cyklu Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge, który w 2020 roku odbędzie się na torach Zandvoort, Hockenheim, Brands Hatch, Charade, Zolder i Dijon. Auto licytowane będzie na aukcji Bonhams w Paryżu, a jego wycena to około 120-180 tys. euro (520-770 tysięcy złotych).

Link: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26005/lot/286/

LOT 286
1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione A1/IMSA Specification
Chassis no. 33275601/AR 026

€ 120,000 – 180,000
PLN 520,000 – 770,000

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
6 Feb 2020, 14:00 CET
Paris, The Grand Palais

Ex-Bob van der Sluis
1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione A1/IMSA Specification
Chassis no. 33275601/AR 026

•Delivered new in Italy
•In-period competition history
•Eligible for the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge

A development of the Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo, the Evoluzione was introduced in 1986, some 500 being built to meet the requirements of the FIA’s Group A racing regulations. Despite the turbo-charging pressure being raised and the exhaust manifolds redesigned, the Evoluzione was homologated with the same (155bhp) power output as the stock Turbo, although the actual maximum was suspected of being much higher. The chassis and suspension were up-rated for track use, while the bodywork gained side skirts, flared wheelarches, and redesigned front and rear spoilers. All cars were delivered finished in Alfa Rosso with matching BWA alloy wheels. As its specification suggests, the Evoluzione was more at home on the track than the road, with many being raced.

Chassis number ‘026’ was delivered from Alfa Corse in A1 specification to Top Run Racing of Castiglione Olona in Italy, and was driven in the national CIVIT championship in white Alpitour livery by Roberto Russo. In 1991 the car was sold to Bob van der Sluis of the Dutch team Euro Magnum Automotive Racing for use in the Dutch championship.

As they were not satisfied with the Evoluzione’s performance, the team changed the car to IMSA specification, following guidance from Alfa Corse, and entered various races in Holland and Europe. The car continued to race after the team closed down, taking part in the Dutch Alfa Romeo Challenge. It is believed to have raced at the following venues in recent years:

Zandvoort 1999
Rennen 2001, 2002, 2003
Nürburging 2001, 2005
Vallelunga 2001
Assen 2002
Spa Francorchamps 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Zolder 2003

This car is featured in both A1 and IMSA specification in the book, Alfa 75 & Milano – Driven To Be Different by Paul Koebrugge, and a die-cast model of it has been produced. More recently, the Alfa was used on the 2016 edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb, a video of which (filmed with an onboard camera) may be found on Youtube. The car is currently in working order, but a thorough check of the mechanicals is recommended before using it for racing. We are advised by the vendor that it is eligible for numerous hill climbs and the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge, with races in 2020 at the following tracks: Zandvoort, Hockenheim, Brands Hatch, Charade (France), Zolder, and Dijon.

Offered with a second set of wheels and a larger rear spoiler, this limited edition 75 Evoluzione is an interesting piece of Alfa Romeo’s recent competition history.