Last weekend saw FCA Heritage and Alfa Romeo head to the land of engines for three days of motorsport history, to the Motor Legend Festival with a cherished Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona. The car is usually housed at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese – The Time Machine
The “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” racing track in Imola will be hosted the 2018 Motor Legend Festival from April 20 to 22. Not by chance, the event dedicated to motorsport history was staged in a symbolic location in a land traditionally accustomed to evoking motoring emotions. The event would not be complete without FCA Heritage, the organisation founded in 2015 to develop a vast range of services for collectors and fans of the cars of the Italian brands of FCA, among other activities. The www.fcaheritage.com website is dedicated to their history. The online showcase of the organisation was recently complemented with the refreshed Store section presenting a selection of products dedicated to collectors and enthusiasts, such as engine oil developed in partnership with Selenia Classic, vintage-inspired merchandising, reproduction of owner handbooks of the most iconic models and car care kits.
Visitors to the Motor Legend Festival has the chance to see one of the most cherished gems of the FCA Heritage collection on the track. The Alfa Romeo 33/2 Daytona is an authentic motorsport legend that took the first three spots in the two-litre category in 1968 edition of the gruelling race it was named after and went on to win the World Sports Prototype Championship the same year. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the remarkable achievements of that glorious 1968, when the car finished on top also in Targa Florio, on the Nürburgring, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the “Imola 500 km” driven by Teodoro Zeccoli and Nino Vaccarella. Its presence is confirmation of the special dedication of FCA for the classic car world and events that showcase its racing traditions.
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona (1968)
After the experience of the Giulia TZ and TZ2, Alfa Romeo was excited to return to racing in the two-litre Sport car category that in the sixties was becoming very popular and had been chosen as playing field by many major manufacturers.
The design of a new vehicle was started in 1964 by Alfa Romeo Design under Orazio Satta Puliga’s guidance and was developed in particular by Giuseppe Busso. The chassis consisted of three large aluminium alloy pipes arranged to form an asymmetrical “H”. A tubular chassis made of a single magnesium casing was fixed to the front end, while two “arms”, also made of magnesium, was connected to rear. Rubber fuel tanks were accommodated inside the chassis tubes. The structure weighed just 55 kilograms, for a kerb weight in full running order of 580 kilograms. The two-litre, aluminium alloy V8 had four overhead camshafts, injection fuel feed with mechanical pump and twin ignition. The definitive version delivered 270 HP. The top speed of the car varied from 260 to 300 km/h according to the aerodynamic configuration.
However, in January 1966, before the engine designed and built in Alfa Romeo was even started for the first time off-vehicle, the design of the 33 (with the type code 105.33) was given by Giuseppe Luraghi to Autodelta, much to the discontent of Alfa Romeo engineers. Meanwhile, tests on a finished car fitting a provisional engine (the 1600 twin cam engine of the TZ2) started in Balocco in the winter of 1965.
The creation of the 33 was long and complicated, particularly because of its innovative chassis and 1967, the year of its debut, ended by winning the Fléron hillclimb in Belgium. The following year the 33, now with a new closed body, took fifteen overall victories and six category victories, amongst which were the mentioned Daytona and Le Mans 24 Hour races, where the car finished in the first two and three places, respectively.