Alfa Romeo's eagerly anticipated mid-engined sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C
, has posted a quick 8:04 lap time on the infamously irrelevant Nürburgring Nordschliefe.
With veteran ring-lapper Horst von Saurma at the helm, the 240 PS 4C hustled around the track faster, Alfa Romeo claims, than any other sub-250 PS machine has before. Unfortunately they seem to have overlooked EVO magazine's Caterham R500 Superlight
lap of 7:56 in 2000. That said, the Caterham doesn't offer any of the creature comforts that the 4C does, nor does it even have a roof! To be completely fair to Alfa Romeo, the R500 Superlight was more than likely not road legal in as many markets as the 4C will be when it does go on sale.
Still, it's a fabulous performance from the Alfa Romeo 4C, beating other higher-powered machines quite comfortably, including the E60 BMW M5
(8:13) and the W 204 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG
(8:13), both of which have nearly twice the power of the dynamic 4C.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is the first mid-engined Alfa Romeo road car since the legendary Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
of 1967. It features a 1750 cc 4 cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, and has a power-weight ratio of over 250 PS per tonne, thanks to an incredibly low weight of 895 kg.
Note: the lap times have been sourced from Wikipedia