• Alfa Romeo Stelvio Flexes its Way to More Lap Records

Italian SUV apparently isn’t done setting lap records on race tracks all over the world

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is no stranger to breaking lap records, smashing the production SUV record at the Nurburgring back in 2017. Another SUV — the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC — has since usurped that crown from the Stelvio, but the Alfa SUV isn’t done adding lap records to its name. The go-faster version of the Alfa SUV recently set lap records at Silverstone, Donington Park, and the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch, further separating itself as one of the fastest and most powerful models in its segment. It has stiff competition, sure, but don’t let that take the shine away from the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and what it has accomplished since it burst onto the scene back in 2016.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Flexes its Way to More Lap Records
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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio saw, came, and conquered. Repeatedly, I might add.

Alfa Romeo’s barn-burning, high-performance SUV has shown a penchant for making the news for all the right reasons. Well, it’s back in the headlines again after setting the SUV lap record on three different racing circuits in the U.K. That’s three lap records in three race tracks. Three-for-three, as some people might say.

The Stelvio’s assault on the record books included a ball-busting lap time of 55.9 seconds in the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch.

From there, the Stelvio destroyed the SUV lap record at Donington Park with a lap time of 1:21.1 before doing the same at Silverstone with a lap time of 2:31.6.

Let’s put these lap times into perspective, beginning with the Stelvio’s record-setting lap time in the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch. With pro racer (and high-performance driving instructor) David Brise behind the wheel of the SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio clocked in a 55.9-second lap time in the shortened circuit at Brands Hatch, eclipsing the previous record by almost two seconds. That record was held by the second-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which set a lap time of 57.6 seconds back in 2013. The Stelvio’s lap time is also just 0.2 seconds slower than the lap time posted by a bona fide supercar in the Lamborghini Gallardo. Impressive company, wouldn’t you say?

The next day Brise and Alfa Romeo brought the Stelvio to Donington Park where it proceeded to post a scintillating lap time of 1:21.1 in the 1.9-mile race track.

Not done with just two conquests, Brise and Alfa Romeo turned their sights to arguably the U.K.’s most famous race track, Silverstone. Racing around the entire 3.66-mile race track, Alfa Romeo managed to clock in a lap time of 2:31.6 second. For a bit of comparison, the Honda Civic Type R is the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap Silverstone when three-time British Touring Car Championship winner Matt Neal set a lap time of 2:31.320 last year. Consider the massive size discrepancy between the Civic Type R and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and it’s remarkable that the latter was only less than 0.3 seconds off the pace of the hatchback. That’s beyond impressive. That’s downright unbelievable.

Racing around the entire 3.66-mile race track, Alfa Romeo managed to clock in a lap time of 2:31.6 second.

Then again, Alfa Romeo has made a habit of turning the unbelievable into the believable these days. After all, it shocked the entire industry when it lay siege to the production car lap time record among SUVs at the Nurburgring two years. It took a herculean effort from the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC to claim that lap time record from the Alfa Romeo.

Some people might be surprised at the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s form, but should we really have that reaction? This is, after all, an SUV that uses a Ferrari-sourced 2.0-liter 24-valve twin-turbocharged intercede V-6 engine that produces a supercar-like output of 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. All that power goes to all four wheels courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission. In peak form, the Stelvio can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 176 mph. The numbers paint a picture of a supercar wearing an SUV’s body. No wonder the Stelvio is destroying one SUV lap record after another.

Now that the SUV has three more lap records in its cap, the obvious question is whether Alfa Romeo plans to send out its all-conquering SUV out to other race tracks to lay claim to their own SUV production lap records. It’s certainly within reason to do that given the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s recent form. Who knows, we might even see it take on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to see if it can become the fastest SUV on ice or it unseat the Bentley Bentayga as the SUV record-holder at Pikes Peak. Maybe it can even return to the Nurburgring to show the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC what’s up?

At this point, everything’s on the table for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, as it should be for an SUV that has shown a remarkable capacity to break long-standing lap records without breaking a sweat.

Further Reading

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Alfa Romeo has thrown down the gauntlet by recording the first ever SUV production car lap records around three of the UK’s most iconic race tracks.

The Italian marque’s first production SUV, Stelvio Quadrifoglio, clocked inaugural lap times around Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Donington Park and British Grand Prix venue, Silverstone National Circuit. Watch the video here.

Professional racing driver David Brise secured a blistering 55.9s for the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, 1m21.1s at Donington Park and 2m31.6s at Silverstone. The unmodified, range-topping SUV was able to achieve these lightning quick times due to lightweight, state-of-the-art materials, such as its carbon fibre driveshaft, 50/50 weight distribution and an all-aluminium, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve twin turbo intercooled V6 engine, which was able to deliver 510hp and 600Nm of torque to the asphalt of the three famous British circuits.

Alfa Romeo and Stelvio are no strangers to record-breaking lap times. In 2017, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio set a new benchmark for production SUVs at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit, lapping the epic 12.9mile Nordschleife in 7m51.7s, a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.

Brise said: “Doing anything that is a first on track is exciting, but the Stelvio Quadrifoglio made it an even more enjoyable experience for me. The performance from this family SUV is astonishing, its handling characteristics were really confidence inspiring and totally at home on track. It gave me all the things I needed to extract the best possible lap times and establish the three records.”

Andrew Tracey, Alfa Romeo marketing director, added: “Alfa Romeo has always been a pioneer in motorsport. We were present for the very first Grand Prix ever held back in 1950, which we won, and we were present for the 1000th Grand Prix in China recently.

“Setting the very first SUV production car lap records at three of the top circuits in Britain is where our passion for motorsport and road vehicles crosses over but, once again, Alfa Romeo is at the forefront and the first manufacturer to set new benchmarks.”

The full Alfa Romeo Stelvio range, including the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio is now available across the Alfa Romeo UK dealer network. For more information please visit www.alfaromeo.co.uk and to find your nearest retailer visit https://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/retailers.

To see the full unedited lap records and to find out more about the Stelvio range, click here.

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