The Alfa Romeo 4C is set to become the official safety car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the entirety of the 2014 season, earning a distinction that only a handful of models have been given.
The announcement comes a week after Alfa previewed the 4C Spider at the Geneva Motor Show , and if there’s anything to take away from all of this, it certainly looks like the 4C has gained a tremendous following recently.
Eurosport Events made the choice to go with the 4C as the official safety car of the WTCC largely because of its popularity , which was evident when the 4C won the grand prize as the Most Beautiful Car of 2013 at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris. So with the growing demand and admiration for the sports car, it was a slam dunk for race organizers to pick the 4C for this rather important role.
As for the car itself, the 4C WTCC Safety Car looks impressive, at least compared to other safety cars we’ve seen in recent years. The largely dark-red exterior color makes way for some nice touches of black and the 4C graphic plastered on the roof gives it that racing vibe befitting of the WTCC. The black stripes running down the length of the vehicle are also nice touches, as are the new wheels that really make the the model pop.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship really got a good one to serve as its safety car for the entire season. At the very least, it’s a refreshing break from all BMW s and Mercedes models we’ve seen in the past.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo 4C.
Alfa Romeo unveiled the production version 4C at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , after a first concept version was unveiled the previous year.
The 4C is powered by a new turbocharged, 1,742 cc, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm, with 80 percent of the torque available from 1,800 rpm. The engine is mated to an innovative Alfa TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic transmission. This combo sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.
For the U.S. market the 4C is rumored to be priced at a little over $50k.
Gallery Alfa Romeo 4C
On display this week at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show with the preview of the Spider version, the Alfa Romeo 4C was chosen by Eurosport Events as the Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the entire 2014 season.
The multi-award-winning coupé will therefore be present with a special livery on the World Touring Car Championship circuits starting from the first event that will be held on the Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakech (Morocco) on 12 and 13 April.
The recognition is linked to the Alfa Romeo 4C winning the prestigious Grand Prize as Most Beautiful Car of 2013 at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris. The compact supercar was the winner of the poll organised, in partnership with the International Automobile Festival (IAF), on the international website network of Eurosport, a company that produces and promotes the FIA WTCC through its Eurosport Events division.
Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and built at the Maserati plant in Modena, Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand’s modern icon and represents the essential sportiness embedded in the ’Alfa Romeo DNA’: performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breathtaking style.
The beguiling mid-engined rear-wheel-drive coupé with 2 seats is a true driving machine without compromise that delivers its best precisely on the track, where speed, short braking distances and transverse acceleration are essential to achieve first-rate lap times: from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds flat, 258 km/h top speed, deceleration peaks in the range of 1.2 g and lateral acceleration peaks over 1.1 g. All this is achieved also owing to an optimum weight distribution - 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle - and to a total dry weight of just 895 kg - for the most part made up of carbon fibre, aluminium, steel and SMC - in addition to an extraordinary weight to power ratio of less than 4 kg/HP.
The first-rate performance is also due to the combination of the new 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with the latest-generation ’Alfa TCT’ dry twin clutch transmission and the advanced Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode. More specifically, the new ’4 cylinder’ 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection at 200 bar and aluminium block achieves amazing performance: torque and specific power set new records for this category, at over 200 Nm/l and 137 HP/l respectively, while maximum power of 240 HP (176 kW) is reached at 6,000 rpm.
The Alfa Romeo supercar is therefore the perfect car to play the role of ’Safety Car’ in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the international competition for mass-production-derived saloon cars.
Produced and promoted since 2005 by Eurosport Events (the division of the Eurosport Group that organises international events), the FIA WTCC consists of 12 stages on 4 continents also for the 2014 season. In keeping with tradition, the season will wind up in Macao at the Da Guia circuit on 16 November.
All 24 races will be broadcast live by the Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels, with commentary by the established motor sports reporters Paolo Allievi and Gordon De Adamich.