Finnish Formula 1 driver from the Alfa Romeo Racing – ORLEN team conducted the final testing session of the final version of the Giulia GTA and GTAm models. This session followed tests conducted by Kimi drivers last fall Raikonen (COM)Kimi Raikkonen) and Antonio Giovinazzi, with the aim of perfecting new aerodynamic solutions developed by the Alfa Romeo and Sauber Engineering brands.
After a test session on the Giulia GTA and GTAm models last fall, the Finnish world champion returned to the Baloko test site a few days ago to personally evaluate the work on this sports sedan with the best performance the Italian brand has ever produced.
Kimi Raikkonen analyzed the changes on the car, especially in terms of aerodynamics. He was already working on this aspect in the first session when he gave invaluable advice on new accessories that were added to both the front – a new adjustable splitter built into the new front bumper – and the rear – the addition of a new manually adjustable wing. General changes have also been made to the overall balance by the guaranteed interaction of these new components with the intake and undercarriage. Kimi’s grade?
“Of course, it’s better at high speeds in terms of balance. The front of the car appears to be lower, allowing for faster handling. It’s fast, easy to drive and responds well to commands. ” Once he takes off his racing suit and gets off the spotlight, Kimi Raikkonen returns to do more of his dad’s duties more often, and so, will take the kids to school. That’s why he believes the Giulia GTA is the ideal combination for everyday use and for the track.
The cycle of the development process is, therefore, closed by the drivers lending their skills to Alfa Romeo’s engineering team. This process began last October with the first testing session, focusing on specific solutions taken in terms of aerodynamics and handling.
Alfa Romeo entrusts Sauber Engineering with the production of most of the carbon fiber components in GTA and GTAm, especially those that affect vehicle aerodynamics. These include the new front bumper, side bulkheads, air intake, GTA spoiler and GTAm fenders. Thanks to the manually adjustable front and rear wings, the Giulia GTAm can adjust its aerodynamic performance to any type of track or road, precisely following the requirements and preferences of its driver.
Aerodynamic research in the air tunnel was not limited to wing extensions, but also focused on the lower part, completely weakened as in Giulia Quadrifoglio. The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a special new air intake that is able to increase the car’s stability, thus guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds. In particular, on the Giulia GTAm, the most intense aerodynamic configuration doubles the pressure of the Giulia GTA, three times compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the predecessor in its segment.
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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