Alfa Sets Three Lap Records on Three Tracks in Three Days
For the latest record attempts, in the UK, the weapon of choice was a stock Stelvio Quadrofolgio.
By: Evan Williams
May 14, 2019
Alfa Romeo has decided that it wants to get out there and set some track records. But it’s not using the models you’d expect. Like the 4C or the Giulia. Instead, Alfa is taking its crossover for some high-speed lapping. The Stelvio is trying to set times that can’t be surpassed.
The Stelvio Quadrofolgio has already put it’s 2.9L twin-turbo V6 to good use on racetracks. It used the 510 hp to devastating effect two years ago on the 21 km long Nurburgring, beating the existing production SUV record by eight seconds. The seven-minute, 51 second time putting it in league with cars like the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 and the BMW M4.
For the latest record attempts, in the UK, the weapon of choice was a stock Stelvio Quadrofolgio. Of course, even the stock crossover has some impressive performance modifications. In addition to that hot Ferrari-derived V6, the QF’s all-wheel drive system can send up to 60 percent of torque to the front axle. Adding traction. Adaptive dampers can vary from soft to hard, and we’re guessing the record-attempts were set firmly in race mode. Underneath, the QF offers a carbon fibre driveshaft to trim weight, and it rides on 20-inch performance tires. Of course, checking the box to add the carbon fibre brakes helps this crossover’s track credentials too.
Behind the wheel on the record runs was driver David Brise. The British wheelman is a professional race driver in addition to being chief instructor at the Goodwood circuit. In short, he knows how to drive a car in a circle quickly.
The three tracks in question were the Silverstone GP circuit, home to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the Indy Circuit and Brands Hatch, and Donington Park.
At Brands Hatch, the Stelvio managed a 55.9 second lap. Not quite the 38.0 overall record, but then again, that was set with a Benetton F1 car. Donington Park saw a minute 21, though we couldn’t find comparable times for that circuit layout. And at Silverstone, the Stelvio managed two minutes 23 seconds.
Of course, Alfa has made video of the full fast-laps available online, because if it isn’t on YouTube, did it really happen?