• May 11th 2010 at 7:58AM
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde SBK safety car – Click above for high-res image

As one of the most historic racing tracks in Italy, if not the world, Monza is inextricably intertwined with Alfa Romeo. Now those ties have been reinforced with the introduction at the circuit of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta as the safety car for the Superbike World Championship, which held its fifth round at Monza this past weekend.

The Giulietta takes over pacing duties for SBK (as the series is known in shorthand) from the MiTo, which itself had assumed the mantle from the 159. The Quadrifoglio Verde version, with its 235-horsepower, 1.7-liter turbo four, will continue its role for the eight rounds remaining in the series this season. If your Italian is up to snuff, you can read more about it in the native-tongue press release after the jump. And if not, well, we've gone ahead and translated it (thanks, Google!) for you, too.

[Source: Alfa Romeo]
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In anteprima l'Alfa Romeo Giulietta scende in pista a Monza

In anteprima rispetto alla presentazione presso la rete dei concessionari italiani, debutta oggi all'Autodromo Nazionale di Monza la nuova Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Si tratta di un versione Quadrifoglio Verde equipaggiata con il brillante 1750 TBi da 235 CV che svolgerà il compito di Safety Car in occasione della quinta gara del SBK Superbike World Championship.

L'originale Safety Car completerà un giro del circuito insieme all'affascinante Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, a conferma del forte legame che unisce le due vetture nate dal nuovo corso stilistico e tecnologico di Alfa Romeo iniziato proprio con questa supercar, proseguito con il modello MiTo e giunto oggi all'attesissima Giulietta. Il tutto sottolineato dal ritorno ai nomi italiani che, da una parte, riporta al passato glorioso del brand, dall'altra parte proietta nel futuro i suoi valori di tecnologia ed emozione. Inoltre, madrina dell'esordio della nuova Alfa Romeo Giulietta sarà la bellissima conduttrice televisiva Elenoire Casalegno.

Contraddistinta dal Quadrifoglio Verde, un marchio leggendario che ha gareggiato sui circuiti di tutto il mondo, la potente Alfa Romeo Giulietta è stata preparata specificatamente per svolgere il suo compito di Safety Car nelle 13 competizioni della 23esima edizione del Mondiale SBK. Tra l'altro, da ricordare che Alfa Romeo partecipa, in qualità di Top Sponsor, al SBK Superbike World Championship 2010 e supporta il team ufficiale Ducati Xerox con i piloti Noriyuki Haga e Michel Fabrizio impegnati nell'avvincente competizione. Inoltre Alfa Romeo sarà in pista, nel warm up e prima di ogni gara, anche nelle competizioni che si svolgono nel contesto del Mondiale Superbike, ossia Superstock 600 European Championship, Superstock 1000 FIM Cup e il Mondiale Supersport.

Insomma, la sponsorizzazione del Mondiale SBK e la collaborazione con Ducati Xerox risulta essere particolarmente in sintonia con i valori di sportività espressi da Alfa Romeo. Senza contare che il Campionato del Mondo SBK è un evento che può contare su 95 emittenti televisive per una programmazione complessiva di quasi 3.500 ore nel corso della stagione sportiva, oltre a far registrare una crescente partecipazione da parte del pubblico, sia in pista (oltre 1 milione di partecipanti) che da casa (oltre 2 miliardi di spettatori nel 2009).

In English:

Preview the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hits the track at Monza

In relation to the preview presentation at the Italian dealer network, debuts today at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza Alfa Romeo Giulietta. This is a version equipped with the brilliant Quadrifoglio Verde 1750 TBi from 235 hp should act as safety car at the fifth race of the SBK World Superbike Championship.

The original Safety Car will complete a circuit around all the fascinating Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, confirming the strong link between the two cars were born from the new styling and technology of Alfa Romeo began precisely with this supercar, continued with the model MiTo Juliet arrived today and awaited. All highlighted by the return to Italian names that, first, back to the glorious past of the brand across its values to the future of technology and emotion. Moreover, godmother of onset of the new Alfa Romeo will be the beautiful TV presenter Elenoire Casalegno.

Characterized by Quadrifoglio Verde, a legendary brand that has raced on tracks around the world, the powerful Alfa Romeo Giulietta was prepared specifically to perform its task of safety car in the 13 competitions of the 23rd edition of World Superbike. Among other things, to remember that the Alfa Romeo part, as Top Sponsor, the SBK Superbike World Championship 2010 and supports the official Ducati Xerox Team riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio committed nell'avvincente competition. Alfa Romeo will also track, in the warm up before each race, even in competitions held in the context of the World Superbike Championship, which Superstock 600 European Championship Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and the World Supersport.

In short, sponsorship and collaboration of the World Superbike with Ducati Xerox is particularly in tune with the values of sportsmanship expressed by Alfa Romeo. Not to mention that the Superbike World Championship is an event that can count on 95 television channels for a total of almost 3,500 programming hours during the season, in addition to a growing participation by the public, both on the track (over 1 million participants) from home (over 2 billion viewers in 2009).

Turin, May 9, 2010

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like it actually makes decent power, well done Alfa! Saw all the billboards around the track while watching the race, some close racing, was good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only it had the Alfa 2uetto concept interior....
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      well the GERMANS from Autobild recently said in their review that the 170 hp Multiair Giulietta is better than the 120i, so that's gotta mean something. (this must also be why there are volcanoes erupting and monsoonic rains all over Italy right now)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Miller Motorsports Park hosts the only World Superbike round in North America (coming up this Memorial Day), but although they brought MiTos as pace cars last year and 159s the year before, this year parent company Fiat has decided to play up their new North American acquisition and use Dodges.

      Hopefully we'll have Alfas again next year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll be at Miller on Memorial Day - Bitchin' track - good times.

        Fiat shoulda used the 500 Abarth for Safety car. More in scale with the bikes.

        Classic that I see an M1 replica (R1) on the street with its Fiat livery, today. For those who don't follow Moto GP (different but equivilent to SBK), Fiat sponsers a Yamaha team (champions!). So the Yamaha says FIAT in huge lettering. Ironic that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Enjoy that honor while you can, i sense a US GP move to Barber's Motorsports Park. A proper motorcycle track!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, I forgot to add, those wheels are gorgeous! Complements the curvy body styling very well without being too overwrought. The black on the lower front fascia also injects the car with a suitable amount of aggressive character. Okay, I need to stop gushing about this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      god i want one