Since 2015, exciting and attractively priced, compact class concept touring cars have successfully battled it out in the new TCR International Series. Some races are even held as Formula 1 support rounds. As such, the sense of honour is a surety – all that’s still missing from the diverse brand environment is a little Italian temperament. An almost pure strain of this will be provided in 2016 by the racing and tuning garage of Romeo Ferraris, who – nomenest omen – will bring an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR with around 300 HP to the start line. True Alfistas will be instantly reminded of the legendary and successful Alfa 155, which took part in the DTM in the 1990s. Then, as now, the vehicle was equipped with racing shock absorbers from BILSTEIN.
N.T.P. from Eppan in South Tyrol acted as the technical link to the German suspension specialist. The company is not only a renowned importer of high-performance components, but has also made a name for itself designing customised BILSTEIN suspension solutions as a ‘BILSTEIN Technical Centre’. “Everything we produced had to precisely meet Romeo Ferraris’ requirements. These included extremely precise dimensions for the rebound and compression travel”, explained Jochen Trettl from N.T.P.: “As always, the aim of our development work is to find the easiest and best solution for making the car capable of winning the TCR.”
According to the TCR technical regulations, cars must have a two-way shock absorber with adjustable compression and rebound stages. As such, gas-pressure shock absorbers from the BILSTEIN MDS range are used on the front axle. N.T.P. independently designed and adapted the rear axle shock absorber on the basis of the BILSTEIN MDS components. ERS springs from Eibach perfectly complement the setup. From a suspension perspective, the requirements for the TCR début therefore seem to have been optimally met. How well the vehicle, shock absorbers and springs will work together, however, will only be seen following the test and calibration drives to be conducted by N.T.P. and Romeo Ferraris in early 2016. Incidentally, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR is not intended to be a one-off car; it will be produced in a small series of around ten vehicles. After all, as many fans as possible should fall in love with these spirited Italians.