At this year's Techno Classica, which opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday (April 14), Alfa Romeo will present seven historic cars from its collection, including the 155 V6 TI which achieved much racing success in Germany in the 1990s; it will also hand a German debut to the production 4C (above, on the occasion of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last month).

At this year's Techno Classica, which opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday (April 14), Alfa Romeo will present seven historic cars from its collection, including the 155 V6 Ti which achieved much racing success in Germany in the 1990s; it will also hand a German debut to the production 4C.

This year celebrating its 25th anniversary and having become one of the most important in the world, the German show is dedicated to collector's cars, a constantly growing sector that is thoroughly pervading contemporary society, adding value to the modern car sector.

To welcome enthusiasts and experts, Alfa Romeo is on hand with an eye-catching exhibition area that enhances the most authentic passion for motoring of today and yesteryear. Visitors will have the chance to get a close-up look at the brand-new Alfa Romeo 4C surrounded by seven legendary racing cars: Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio (1923), Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ "stub tail" (1960), Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (1963), Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 (1965), Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale prototype (1967), Alfa Romeo 33/2 "Daytona" (1968) and Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM (1993).

The public will also have the opportunity to discover one of the most innovative technological contents of the new 'compact supercar': its carbon fibre chassis. To emphasise its lightness, the distinctive structure is suspended on the stand and is surrounded by a transparent profile of the Alfa Romeo 4C to help visitors contextualise the position of the body in relation to the body of the car.

Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo. The name '4C' refers to Alfa Romeo's great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished cars - both racing and non - fitted with the powerful 'eight cylinders' and the innovative 'six cylinders', confirming in its design layout and construction the goal of achieving the weight/power ratio of an authentic supercar, less than 4 kg/HP, yet focusing not merely on the maximum power delivered, but on limiting the weight to guarantee maximum agility and top performance.

Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and made at the Maserati plant in Modena, the coupé with two bucket seats uses technologies and materials derived from the 8C Competizione - carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive - and technologies from standard models from Alfa Romeo currently on the market, but developed to enhance the sports appeal of the new car to the full. This is demonstrated by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with direct injection and aluminium block, the "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode.

The new Alfa Romeo 4C will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States.

Seven outstanding historic Alfa Romeo cars

The seven historic cars from the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum that are on display in Essen create the ideal setting for the Alfa Romeo 4C. They assert the unique position of the brand in the international automotive scene, a heritage made up of cars and designers, races and engines, style and innovation that have marked the technological progress and sports events of the 20th century.

Spotlights are trained on the Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio (1923) that on the one hand calls to mind Alfa Romeo's first victory at the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily, and on the other marks the birth of the Quadrifoglio Verde as the symbol inextricably linked to the sporting success of Alfa Romeo. As a good luck charm, a cloverleaf was painted to counter the racing number 13 assigned to Ugo Sivocci on the bonnet of the car he drove to victory. This year the Quadrifoglio Verde is celebrating its 90th anniversary, a record that since then still continues to mark several particularly sporty versions of standard production Alfa Romeo models.

In 2013 Alfa Romeo is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Autodelta. Autodelta is its official racing division established in March 1963 with the goal of managing Alfa Romeo's official return to competitive sports after withdrawing from the F1 World Championship in 1951, in which it won its second title with the 'Alfetta'. That is why Alfa Romeo decided to create a special racing organisation physically detached from the production plant and having enough discretionary power to quickly take technical and sporting decisions.

The most prominent figure of Autodelta's fascinating history is without a doubt the charismatic engineer Carlo Chiti. His first work was the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ, the sporty GT with an all-aluminium body made by Zagato that took one victory after another in its displacement class. Proudly standing beside the 1963 version at the Alfa Romeo stand in Essen is its 1965 evolution, called TZ2, which amazed the world with its body made of synthetic material and at which visitors can take a close-up look.

In 1968 Alfa Romeo laid the foundation to win two Constructors' World Championships in a row with the Tipo 33/2. The 2-litre V8 engine of the sports prototype is again one of Carlo Chiti's creations. The Tipo 33/2 shown at the 'Techno Classica' corresponds to the configuration for the 'Daytona 24 Hour'. In 1968 the Italian Nino Vaccarella and his German teammate Udo Schütz took a highly acclaimed victory in their class on the high-speed Florida track.

Space has also been set aside for the powerful Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI that in 1993 won the hard-fought German touring championship (DTM), the most important automotive competition of its kind in Europe. The only four-wheel drive racing car of the DTM, the car driven by former Formula 1 driver Nicola Larini thrashed the German competition in 10 out of the 20 races contended.

Lastly, visitors of the German motor show will have the chance to appreciate two particularly rare vintage cars that are the early ancestors of the Alfa Romeo 4C: the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. The first - by designer Franco Scaglione and built­ by Zagato - immediately proved it was on the cutting edge owing to its extremely streamlined all-aluminium body that reduced the car's weight considerably. The so-called 'snub tail' line of the body was not only a masterpiece of aerodynamics, but it proved to be an advantage for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ on both the road and the track. The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 was another of Scaglione's designs. The two-seater coupé carried competition technological solutions underneath the streamlined body, and today it is one of the world's most coveted vintage cars. The first specimen built for the 'Techno Classica', a prototype of 1967, is on display in Essen.

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