The Alfa Romeo brand always arouses great interest, whether it is present, future or past. It is this last time window that is the reference in question.
Alfasud marked numerous changes for the Biscione. Both from an industrial point of view (a factory specifically dedicated to this car had been built) and from a technical point of view.
In fact it was the first Alfa designed for a wider and less elite public, but above all it was front-wheel drive. The specimen that will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 13 February is more singular: the Ti Bimotore 4×4.
Four-wheel drive is here
This version, which never saw the light as a production model, was made for future competitive use, especially for road racing. Born from an idea of the tuner Gianfranco “Wainer” Mantovani, the name suggests that the car was equipped with two engines.
A bit like what happens today for 4×4 electric cars, where each engine drives an axle. The protagonist of this dualism is the 4-cylinder boxer with 1,186 cc and 79 hp. The first was placed in the usual position and provided torque and horsepower at the front, the second was instead positioned substantially in place of the rear seats.
The latter had been eliminated and in their place a box had been created to insert the small 1.2-liter boxer.
We play double
It goes without saying that most of the mechanical components on the Alfasud Ti Bimotore 4×4 Wainer were double. Such as the gearbox, or the double ignition (one per engine) necessary to start the Alfa car.
The rear engine, being the most “stressed” from a mechanical point of view, had a pair of radiators with electric fans placed near the black side air intakes.
A separate exhaust gas system was added for the second engine, and an added pump to operate the clutch for the second engine.
The instrumentation also included a double instrumentation to control all the parameters coming from the double engine.
As for performance, the chronicles of the time told of an acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 215 km / h.
It is difficult to establish what its market value may be, given that it is such a particular specimen. On February 13th, when the car will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, the cards will be revealed on the table.
Certainly those who want to bid can count on the fact that no reserve price has been entered. All the more reason to try to take it.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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