A few weeks ago we brought you a report that Alfa Romeo had hustled its new 4C around the Nürburgring in 8 minutes and 4 seconds. Which we found pretty impressive at the time, but now Alfa has both confirmed the time and released video footage of the attempt.

To put the time in context, that makes the 4C not only as quick around the Green Hell as an Audi R8 – a considerably more powerful and expensive car with at least twice the cylinder count – and the quickest four-cylinder lap this side of a Caterham R500, but also the fastest car ever to lap the legendary German circuit with less than 250 horsepower. (To be specific, the 4C packs a 1.7-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower, translating to a 4.5-second 0-62 time.) The 8C that preceded it never clocked an official Nürburgring lap time (that we know of) but we have to assume the 4C would still stand as the fastest roadgoing Alfa ever to lap the circuit even if it had.

The time was set by expert Nordschleife test driver Horst von Saurma in a stock 4C equipped with the optional tire upgrade and more black electrical tape than a Kiss concert tour. You can check out the footage (along with the official announcement) below, but if you're anything like us, you'll be wondering how long it will take the Italians to learn that dramatic background music drowning out the engine note and screeching tires does not make for a more exciting video.

UPDATE: Ford points out that its Formula Ford EcoBoost ran a faster time at the Nürburgring with less power, clocking a 7:22 lap time with a 205-horsepower 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Alfa's claim, then, would be for the fastest production car under 250 hp.
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18 October 2013
Alfa Romeo 4C completes "the Green Hell" of the Nürburgring in just 8'04''

- The supercar completed the fastest lap on the Nordschleife in just 8'04'': a record-breaking time amongst all cars with engines under 250 HP and in line with times set by sports cars with much higher prices and more powerful engines

- Less than 4 kg/HP, 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, 137 HP/litre and 1.2g of deceleration: Alfa Romeo 4C guarantees even the most expert driver extraordinary performance and sensations

- The supercar used the special Pirelli Zero Trofeo tyres, the most sporty version in the Pirelli P Zero line, also type-approved for road use on the German track

The new Alfa Romeo 4C on the Nordschleife, the historic Nürburgring circuit. On 12 September it stopped chronometers at 8'04", the top time of cars with engines under 250 HP and in line with times set by sports cars with much higher prices and more powerful engines. Driver, journalist and expert on the German track Horst von Saurma was behind the wheel.

The test conducted at the 'Green Hell' of the German complex is one of the countless tests that the Alfa Romeo supercar had to face in every part of the world, from the -35° in Sweden to the +40° of Abu Dhabi, from the Arizona (USA) deserts to the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily, and from the Balocco (VC), Italy track - where all Alfa Romeos have been developed, perfected and tested since 1962 - to the one at the Nürburgring.

Used by car manufacturers the world over as a test track over the past few years, the Nordschleife is marked by a particular configuration that alternates slow and fast curves, straight stretches and ups and downs to make it an outstanding testing ground for determining the soundness of a project.

In short, the 'Green Hell' proved to be the ideal place to put the performance features of the Alfa Romeo 4C to the test. This true driving machine without compromise delivers its best precisely on the track, where speed, short braking distances and transverse acceleration are essential to get first-rate lap times: from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds flat, 258 km/h of 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 of the rear axle - and to a weight to power ratio under 4 kg/HP, values worthy of a true supercar.

Its performance was first-rate also due to the combination of the new 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with the latest-generation 'Alfa TCT' dry twin clutch gearbox 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 size of engine at over 200 Nm/l and 137 HP/l, respectively, while maximum power of 240 HP (176 kW) is reached at 6000 rpm. The maximum torque of 350 Nm ensures its extraordinary elasticity and sportiness since it is maintained constant between 2100 and 4000 rpm, but 80% of the torque is already available at just 1800 rpm.

Also contributing to the Alfa Romeo 4C's performance at the Nürburgring were the special Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres, the most sporty version in the Pirelli P Zero line. A record was set not only on the track, but also in the development of the tyres. Less than one year of collaboration between Pirelli and Alfa Romeo engineers went into the development of the best solution for guaranteeing grip and precision driving of the car, just like in the days of the 159 that Fangio drove to victory in F1. This is how the 'AR' P Zero tyres came into being. Available in two sizes, 17" front - 18" rear and 18" front - 19" rear, they ensure grip, performance, sportiness and precision driving. The 'AR Racing' version, offered in the sizes 18" front - 19" rear, emphasises these features and is ideal not only on the road, but also for use on the track.

Turin, 18 October 2013


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      CCJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      God I want this car so badly. Just gorgeous and drool worthy in so many ways.
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's the second time I heard something about Ford's non-production F1 type car having a faster time than something that people can actually buy. Give it a rest!
      bychance
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is already a myth
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So whats it run without the tape and is that common practice?
      Rieku Ame
      • 1 Year Ago
      8:04???? Shut up and take my money!!! Seriously, this car is pure automotive bliss. Mid-engine, rear drive, light weight, low slung, wide stance, and plenty of power for it's chassis. Now if they only had a removable top for canyon runs...
        Semislicks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rieku Ame
        ha ha ha LOL... another Alfa fanboy. There are soooo many better driving machines. For instance M3 CSL will set you back couple of gran less, yet its just as fast as Viper SRT10 from 2005-2007, plus has more predictable steering and better handling than Alfa. Seriously, if you like sub 1000 kg twoseaters, there is an older british company developing lightweight twoseaters. Its called Lotus, might wanna google that.
          Rieku Ame
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Semislicks
          Actually I have never driven an Alfa Romeo and when they were in the states last I was too young and not into anything automotive except my poster of a red Lamborghini Contach (that poster got me hooked). I like Lotus. Actually looking into getting one as a project car. Basically, you've made a lot of assumptions based off a single post.
          Semislicks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Semislicks
          @ Lachmund. Are you that professional??? LoL
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorgeous car.... I want one & I don\'t care if it\'s fast.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Front end looks awful low for a stock car in Europe...
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        look at the track, its compressed on a banked corner
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't get past those headlights, OK I can get past them but my eyes keep going back to them.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        then order the car without them Look at the concept. You can get those lights on your brand new Alfa. There, fixed.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      fantastic car, glad they finally wised up and are giving it the concept's headlights as well...so now it is fast AND pretty!
      bychance
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best car of the year
      TIMMAH!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, can they make the headlights any more fugly? Reminds me of the Sentinel bots in The Matrix.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        yes they are ugly, and not going to be production for much longer - you have the option to put on the concept's lights now. After that, the car is gorgeous - award winning even! Beat out a Zagato Aston IIRC...
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          where did you get that from?! can't find anything about that! link?! proof?
          360_AD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          I think they'd be less ugly if they were color matched to the body panels. Easy fix.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        Little ugly lights won't stop me from buying this beautiful car, (if I had the money)
      DrPhyzx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dunno. What was essentially a lightly modified (compared to what lots of guys do to their cars) 2011 STI ran a 7:55 a few years ago: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2011-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-sets-nrburgring-lap-record It's a great car, but I suspect the chassis deserves a few more horsepower.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DrPhyzx
        This just goes to show you the bias on AB. This is is praised, hith fived, and fist bumped, for doing something a car 1/3rd the price did 3 years ato.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          so how can you compare a cheap bucket like an WRX with a carbon monocoque car like this?! please tell me, troll
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