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Greatest Velocity: A 617whp Romeo Gtv

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Not car we feature is obvious at first. make you work to find some come via a secondhand and some are simply tip-offs trusted sources. But others – as was the with Morten Ruud’s Alfa Romeo GTV – just up on you.

It all came about a conversation I had with Rod in the Speedhunters at Gatebil Rudskogen after a shooting trackside. We were what we had just witnessed and Rod if I had seen the “red Alfa Being the only Alfa out on the there was no need for further but given that it appeared to be front-mounted intercooler and rear-mounted we both knew we had to take a look.

After a long we found the GTV pitted alongside all the serious time attack and quite rightfully so. Whoever had driving the car was having a very time and it appeared to be deceptively too. I say that because to a lot of the Gatebil machinery there was little drama with the – just rapid progress and the to reappear at the same corner quicker than a lot of other in the group.

Remember what I said feature cars creeping up on Now that I sit back and take the to reflect on Gatebil 2013, I we’ve seen this car both here on our #featurethis feed, and amongst last Rudskogen coverage, albeit in different visual guise.

fellow my Speedhunter Jonathan  I own an Alfa Romeo – not because I’m dedicated to the marque, or reverend – but more so that I just the Italian manufacturer’s cars. said, the mere mention of often leads to my sanity questioned – after all, Alfas aren’t exactly known for their reliability or repellence to rust. But what when you’ve modified every component like RR have on Morten’s GTV?

things, that’s what.

The angular coupe body remains virtually untouched. with the change from to red, the front end aero has removed this year and the large bumpers this would have worn the factory it reveals the purity of its ’70s lines.

The rear air intakes are definite giveaway to the radiator is mounted. Here you can see the fuel intake on the left, the air extract point on the right. So if going on at the back, what’s it at the front?

A longitudinally-mounted V6 as the car had fitted from the – but unlike the original 2.5-litre this is a 3.2-litre V6 24V variant an Alfa 147 GTA. Wearing heads, it would have mounted transversely in the front-wheel 147, but RR Motor – which and maintain the Alfa for Morten – has a modified version of the GTV’s sump to aid its switch to rear-wheel configuration.

And then there the – a rather large Comp Turbo 62-67 perched on a pair of exhaust manifolds that to the front of the engine bay. SM4 engine management system sure everything works as the guys have used a mix of ranging from VW coil to a strengthened bottom end to deal the boost.

The result is a genuine at the wheels and well over of torque to boot. If there’s a powerful Alfa Romeo V6 derivative out there, we certainly heard of it!

That sort of goes some way in explaining why so quick on the track, and why, on rare occasions, it breaks too when provoked too much. I say rarely because unlike of the high horsepower, rear-wheel cars you encounter at Gatebil, the was built for grip. Morten had the coupe up four years ago for Corsa – a Norwegian national racing all Italian cars over 15 old, which he still in now.

During its racing life has been constant development of the and today the running gear an incredible hybrid of parts.

Big are a given, although the Alcon is all about quality not quantity. said, the four-piston callipers with Ferodo competition-spec do a more than adequate job the size and weight of car.

If driven a car on slicks, you’ll firsthand just how much this one modification can make. It take a genius to realise the increase in contact patch and that means, so when you see a set to an otherwise moderately understated a statement of intent is made.

Big have been made in the too – something evident when the GTV is at This, for example, is a 180-degree hander taken at around Intrax adjustable coilovers are each corner with the rear De Dion set-up but modified for increased camber.

The front strut set up is Volvo design with custom upper and lower A arms. I something had to be Volvo on this given it’s Norwegian

When people are wary of a it’s generally because of in there they don’t understand. Take Mazda’s engine for example, or in this Alfa Romeo’s choice to the gearbox in the rear with the This makes total to me though – there’s the weight aspect for starters, and the ability to the engine mounted further in the chassis without having to about the impact a conventional drive might have on space.

Here you can see the simple that allows you to bang the straight cut Drenth sequential in the Sellholm-sourced gearbox.

The rest of the is business-like. Protection is paramount and the adds some much rigidity to the aging shell.

it comes to owning an older Romeo you definitely need a of humour…

But the interior features serious hardware too – like the quick-release steering wheel Look at most race and you’ll see the distance between the and the wheel is often closer you’d expect if you’ve not something similar. This is to you increased leverage with arms and the ability to pour on without shifting position.

The driver is aided here by the a electric power steering sourced from an Opel

Also in clear reach is the switch and the simple LCD gear – somewhat of a necessity with gearbox and especially so when get busy in the cabin.

I still decide whether the Alfa is or not. It’s hard to given when you’re up in the Gatebil experience, but what out in the big, bad world? The simple paint scheme and subtle modifications such as the raised window are just that,

But flared front fenders Alfapanels in the UK and slicks aren’t common though.

This is a car you have to look deeper to get a handle on the details. The simple Tilton pedal box is actually delicate looking, but well – just like the rest of the

With the bonnet off it’s obviously something special. The choice is clever and to me it almost like a natural progression the original rather than a departure in the wanton pursuit of That’s something we’ve a lot of in our Scandinavian theme this

Like many of builds covered this month, serves a purpose. So it would that’s how this project in to our theme, serving to show us it’s an LS-engined Volvo a Toyota-engined BMW   or a discreet Alfa Romeo GTV, the have a way of extracting fun and performance you’ll rarely see elsewhere. builds are often outrageous but in the metal actually quite and humble.

But always effective.

So as one of the feature cars we’ll put up our month-long Scandinavian celebration I’d to look at what impression given you. Is Scandinavia all engine swaps, mad power and brew ingenuity? Yes it is, but there’s And as this GTV proves, sometimes have to take the time to a little closer…


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