Romeo Ferraris successfully completes the stress test of all Electric Alfa Romeo Giulia

One month after the fitting of the battery and the first test with the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris, the constructor based in Opera has completed the stress test of 5 May and the collective test of 6 May at Vallelunga, held ahead of the start of the PURE ETCR, which will kick-off on the Italian track on the weekend of 20 June.

For the first time, the innovative format of the racing weekend has been successfully tested in front of Eurosport Events, WSC Group and the staff of Williams Engineering, Megalec, Enel X and Goodyear. Stefano Coletti and Oliver Webb were alternating at the wheel of the car, on the various configurations of the Vallelunga track.

The British driver has a solid background in Endurance and GT,  after having shone in single-seater formula series such as Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 and Indy Lights. Webb, who already had experience with electric cars, having raced the Jaguar E-Pace in Berlin 2020 and tested the  Formula E, has had the opportunity to evaluate the potential of an ETCR car, the new reality in electric motorsport.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“Given the very tight timing, the entire ETCR operation has become for us a very stressful test! More seriously, the activity at Vallelunga has been very positive. We have tested the new weekend format that I find very interesting and attractive. We had the possibility to test on different track configuration and with different battery voltages, allowing Stefano to continue the development work with the car. I was happy to benefit from Oliver’s cooperation during these days, he proved his great experience in motorsport and his approach was optimal. After having announced Coletti and Luca Filippi, we are optimizing our resources for the other two drivers”.

Oliver Webb
“I’m very grateful to Michela Cerruti and Mario Ferraris for giving me the opportunity to test the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris. Undoubtedly, it is an extremely innovative car and format. I didn’t have experience with a touring car, and it was great fun. I could test the car with different outputs, 300, 450 and 500 KW, both on the long and short track. I felt immediately at ease with the team and the staff and that has made adjusting quite easy, in a context and a track that were new to me”.

Romeo Ferraris welcomes Luca Filippi in the 2021 PURE ETCR

Romeo Ferraris is delighted to announce that Luca Filippi will be one of its drivers in the 2021 PURE ETCR. The expert Italian will race with one of the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris alongside the already announced Stefano Coletti in the championship that kicks-off on 18-20 June at Vallelunga. The Roman track is the same where the new electric racing car of the Opera-based constructor performed its first track tests last March.

Filippi has vast experience with electric motorsport, having taken part in the 2017-2018 edition of Formula E that he currently follows as a TV commentator and consultant. Luca has already driven the ETCR by Romeo Ferraris in a first test, ahead of preparations for the forthcoming commitments in his already long and diversified career.

Filippi won the Formula 3000 Italia title in 2005, before climbing up to GP2, where he was a runner-up in the 2009-2010 Asia Series and in the 2011 Main Series, having among his rivals his new teammate Coletti. In 2008 he has been an official F1 tester for Honda, while between 2013 and 2016 he has regularly raced in IndyCar, in America. In-between, Luca has also gained experience with GT and Touring cars.

Romeo Ferraris and Filippi will thus continue the positive cooperation initiated in the 2020 FIA WTCR, where the 35-year-old from  Mondovì has contested four events at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris entered by Team Mulsanne.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“We are very happy to have in our line-up for the PURE ETCR 2021 programme a driver with great experience and who is already familiar with electric cars. This too has been a decisive factor in our choice, together with the good relationship established last year in the FIA WTCR. Luca has already given us useful indications on the Giulia ETCR that we will use in the weeks, ahead of the first round at Vallelunga, where we will debut with two high-profile drivers”.

Michela Cerruti for the first time at the wheel of the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris

At the occasion of the Vallelunga tests organized by WSC for the ETCR cars that will take part in the maiden season of the PURE ETCR series promoted by Eurosport, Michela Cerruti has made her debut at the wheel of the Giulia ETCR of Romeo Ferraris. Before being the Operations Manager of the Opera-based constructor, Michela has been a tester and a driver of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris since 2016, and has now taken the opportunity to drive the new Giulia ETCR for the first time.

Michela, supported by the technical staff of Romeo Ferraris, Williams Advanced Engineering and Magelec, on top of Enel X and Goodyear, has familiarized with the car on Friday morning, when she also could benefit from the valuable advice of Stefano Coletti, the first driver hired for the 2021 season of the PURE ETCR, of Technical Director Mario Ferraris, who was the first to drive the car last month, and Luca Filippi, who plays the role of tester in this innovative project.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“At last, my time to drive the Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris has come! After the Giulietta TCR, this is the second car prototype that we have developed in-house to contest an international series and I feel very proud of the work we have done. I am a little bit jealous that Mario, Stefano and Luca have had the possibility to test before me, but the impressions are difficult to describe. I used a quiet moment during the tests to go and wear my overalls again and take the track for a few laps. It’s crazy to see how the power and the speed of this car are different from what I experienced in my previous outings in an electric car, in the first-generation of Formula E. I am very surprised by the incredible progress made in the electric motorsport sector, and I am even more convinced that the path we have undertaken is the right one”.

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