Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale returns to the Monza circuit, the scene of its debut 56 years ago

  • On August 31st, 1967, the 33 Stradale made its debut on the Italian circuit, at the Monza GP. Today, on the same day and in the same place, the new 33 Stradale returns “home” to celebrate Made in Italy and Alfa Romeo’s glorious sporting tradition.
  • Made in only 33 exclusive units, according to a unique artisan process, the new “two-seater” coupé was unveiled in the pit lane, with two Alfa Romeo drivers – Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu – and the entire Alfa Romeo team in attendance.
  • For the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team’s single-seaters and the drivers’ suits have been designed by the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, with a dedicated livery celebrating the 33 Stradale.

After the world premiere of the new 33 Stradale, held yesterday at the Alfa Romeo Museum, the brand now offers more powerful emotions to fans of world motorsport: its return to the “Temple of Speed” in Monza, for the Italian Grand Prix. To be exact, the iconic car made its debut on the legendary circuit on August 31st, 1967, a few weeks ahead of its official unveiling at the Turin Motor Show.

The choice of location was no coincidence, epitomizing as it did the link between the world of racing and road cars, as well as marking Alfa Romeo’s official return to the world of competitions, with the 33 project. Derived directly from the Tipo 33 racing car, the 33 Stradale immediately aroused admiration for the exhilarating performance and sculptural silhouette by Franco Scaglione.

Today, right in front of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team’s box, the same powerful emotions were on show when the spotlight fell on the new 33 Stradale: a veritable “manifesto” of the Italian brand’s capabilities – now and in the future – in terms of style and driving experience. Made in only 33 exclusive units, according to a unique artisan process, the new “two-seater” coupé combines heritage and the future, taking Alfa Romeo ahead into the 21st century. The only place its debut could have taken place was the same circuit where its legend came to be 56 years ago, the same track where Alfa Romeo won the first title in the history of Formula 1 on September 3rd, 1950, with Nino Farina at the wheel of the Tipo 158 “Alfetta”.

For the event, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team single-seaters will be kitted out in a special livery to celebrate the debut of the new 33 Stradale, as seen in the gold color of the rims and the name marked on the side and on the rear wing. The Quadrifoglio is also unmissable, in its revamped version for its centenary. It was used for the first time by Ugo Sivocci in 1923 and adopted from the 1960s onwards as the official emblem on the Alfa Romeos with the greatest sporting performance; it goes without saying that the new Alfa Romeo creation falls into that category.

The colors of the Italian flag can also be seen on the bonnet of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu’s single-seaters; they have been altered to “Quadrifoglio” green and white to add to the official red livery. The flag, which dominates on the side of the car, has been brought to life by its powerful diagonal line, conferring even more dynamism on the perception of the single-seater. The same celebration in style and color can be found in the racing suits of the two Alfa Romeo F1 Team drivers: the Italian flag comes to life in an asymmetrical union of red in the foreground and green behind, with a vertical outline similar to the car’s, from the drivers’ chests to their arms. Finally, Bottas’ and Zhou’s names feature in gold, with the new “Quadrifoglio 100 Anniversario” standing out on their shoulders.


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