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Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, star of the New Car of the Year 2024 contest

06 Feb 2024
  • Did Quattroruote Readers Make the Right Call in Declaring It the Ultimate Supercar?

The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale has triumphed in the annual contest held by Quattroruote magazine since 2000. With an extraordinary 44.5% of votes, the exclusive “two-seater” won the special prize in the Dream category, confirming the appeal of a custom-built car based on the courage to dream.

Now in its 25th year, since 2022 the prestigious competition – won by Alfa Romeo – has been awarding three special prizes, in the Concept, Dream and Lifestyle categories. The candidates are sports cars or special series, excluded due to their appeal from the shortlist for the “New Car of the Year” award, a coveted title the Italian brand has won several times for the 147 (2001), MiTo (2009), Giulietta (2011), Giulia (2017), Stelvio (2018), and Tonale (2023).

A Triumph in Exclusive Elegance and Artistry

A Triumph in Exclusive Elegance and Artistry

In each of the three special categories, the editorial staff at Quattroruote select four cars and ask their readers to cast their votes on the magazine website and social media channels. The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale took an overwhelming victory, ahead of three supercars from renowned international brands.

Made in only 33 exclusive units, which have already sold out, the new 33 Stradale is designed to be a unique, one-off work of art, thanks to an unprecedented level of customization. The new Alfa Romeo supercar is produced in collaboration with the Touring Superleggera coachbuilder according to a unique artisanal process, the highest quality standards, and obsessive attention to detail.

Its goal is to provide the most exciting driving experience and the immortal charm of an icon to a very small circle of enthusiasts, who have believed in the project ever since the outset. The new 33 Stradale was created at the newly founded Alfa Romeo “Bottega”, where the brand’s designers, engineers and historians first listened to potential buyers, then produced the car together, exactly the same way as in Renaissance artisan boutiques and in the 1960s workshops of renowned Italian coachbuilders.

Raffaele Russo, Alfa Romeo Country Manager, Italy stated: “We're proud to receive this prestigious award, bestowed on the new 33 Stradale by the readers of Quattroruote, genuine enthusiasts and experts in international motoring. To make a dream come true, the essential ingredient is a good dose of courage and a pinch of healthy madness. The same recipe resulted in the 1967 33 Stradale, to this day still considered by many as one of the most beautiful cars ever. With the same audacity and vision, Alfa Romeo has now created the new 33 Stradale, the “manifesto” of the Italian brand’s capabilities – now and in the future – in terms of style and driving experience.”

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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.