The Alfa Romeo 4c might not be available to buy brand new anymore from your local Alfa dealer (it’s departure coming much too soon for our liking) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of life left in the 2 seater sports car, as German tuning specialists Pogea Racing showed us with the Nemesis not long ago and now they have unveiled their latest project with the 4c, a street legal version of the Nemesis, the Nemesis001, for an Australian customer. Eduard Pogea gives us the low down.
‘It is always interesting to see how many aspects and variations of a single model or a special series are possible. Basically, you can produce an infinite number of variants here, always with the focus on a single piece, made for the customer – unique. So here in this case too. The task was to build a street legal version of the Nemesis. In the export area, we manage to tune the vehicle to 500PS. To what extent that makes sense, or not, or mobile or just stupid is an open question. The Pogea Racing NEMESIS000 broke the 500PS limit last year and drives brutally. However, if everything is still supposed to be quiet, clean and emission-friendly, then you have to dig deeper into the bag of tricks.’
Eduard explains ‘In cooperation with a renowned exhaust gas laboratory, we were able to get the values in such a way that the Australian customer should not have any problems with the approval. Because the finished vehicle goes to Sydney, Australia. With a 200-cell catalytic converter and rich dampers from the MONSTERexhaust series, we were able to comply with all relevant values without making the efficiency of the power delivery uninteresting with the exhaust gas temperatures and the exhaust gas back pressure. The shock charging manifold, which was manufactured in Germany by our partner Heiko Domnick – HDT, also contributes a massive part to generating an enormous torque of 550Nm and at the same time electronically limiting the power at 410PS, without catalytic converter and without damper we were at 481PS – but also at 124dB / A.’
‘The block was first built in Italy. However, since the work done there by a former partner was catastrophic, a completely new engine was used and rebuilt here in Swabia. The 2.0L Turbo now has new sleeves, the blanks of which come from Ferrari, the cooling of the cylinder head and block has been revised, the connecting rods are now from ItalianRP and the pistons were designed, drawn and then manufactured by Pistal in Italy for us. In addition to all the fun, there is a specially designed intercooler that was made with nets from the Porsche 997 Turbo, new pipe guides for the entire cooling, and last but not least – the massive reinforced gearbox should not be forgotten. The 3rd and 4th gear have been strengthened. A special company for raw material hardening, which the ZF in Friedrichshafen also used then additionally hardened the entire strand. The TCT now works with a sintered clutch, which fortunately can and has been taught by us. In view of the fact that the factory documentation for the transmission is incorrect, it requires massive technical understanding and patience to then learn the clutch so that all gears go smoothly afterwards. The software was made in cooperation with our friend Stefan Siemoneit on the original ECU by simulation – because we can do it! That the factory documentation for the transmission is wrong requires massive technical understanding and patience in order to then learn the clutch in such a way that all gears go smoothly afterwards. The software was made in cooperation with our friend Stefan Siemoneit on the original ECU by simulation – because we can do it! That the factory documentation for the transmission is wrong requires massive technical understanding and patience in order to then learn the clutch in such a way that all gears go smoothly afterwards. The software was made in cooperation with our friend Stefan Siemoneit on the original ECU by simulation – because we can do it!’
;The complete body kit, consisting of front apron, rear apron, side skirts with spoiler swords, adjustable rear spoiler, scoop system for additional cooling and countless other carbon fiber elements were painted with a special coarse metallic silver, which Alfa Romeo showed on a prototype at the Geneva Motor Show. The clear coat on the silver is that. The carbon was coated with 12 layers of clear coat – also from Glasurit. The painting work and the assembly on our roof shell were carried out by CDC International GmbH and the team around Michael Schneider on our behalf. The painting work on the carbon fiber components was carried out by the company Faserschmiede from Germersheim. We are happy to work with reliable and exclusively local companies!’
‘A lot has happened on the axles too. The chassis comes from our partner KW automotive GmbH, which has delivered our V2 by Pogea, which has been tailored for us, and which can be moved properly on the race track with the shims and other chassis parts that we manufacture. And then there was the suspension set-up by our professional Patrick Ziernheld, who has a gigantic reputation here for being able to adjust the suspension like a young god and has already attracted customers from the surrounding countries. The whole thing would not be possible without the BEST TYRES IN THE WORLD from our technology partner MICHELIN. The 18/19 inch combination of the Pilot Sport 4S in combination with the Steinway & Sons Black high-gloss look infernal good and still retain something of the culture and the look of Alfa Romeo, so that the purists can not complain.’
We have to say, we are a little jealous of the Australian owner with the Pogea Racing Nemesis001, it will no doubt be an awesome car to enjoy and who knows, maybe coming to a Car meet near you down under?….