The Giulietta was introduced in 1955 and was the starting point for the development of a more advanced version. The first such Giulietta was inspired by the ‘BATs’ Sprint Speciale (SS), created by Franco Scaglione for Bertone. Although it had excellent aerodynamics, it was still too heavy.
It was quickly replaced by the Giulietta Sprint Zagato (SZ). The arrival of the Giulia in 1962 and the 1600 engine in 1963 opened up new possibilities. Under the direction of Giuseppe Busso, Alfa began development of a new racing car as early as 1959. Inspiration came from the 1955 Tipo 750 Competizione. Busso created a new tubular frame and Giulia mechanics for greater rigidity.
At the time, having concentrated on developing its passenger cars, Alfa Romeo wanted to entrust the management of its sports cars within the trading company and had to find the ideal manager in Autodelta. After a few months at the helm, Alfa Romeo became a shareholder in 1965 and itself became Autodelta Alfa Romeo’s armed motorsport division under boss Carlo Citi.
This is good news for the future of TZ: with the support of Autodelta, which oversees its production, it has skilfully and carefully designed and prepared the new car for competition. Lightweight, weighing around 650 kg, it easily gets out of 210 km/h or even more, depending on the degree of preparation of the engine, which can produce more than 150 hp. The well-designed chassis gives the car incredible manoeuvrability and allows for enviable achievements both on tracks and in rallies.
TZ of the first version, produced in just 112 copies.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 features:
- Top speed – 245 km/h
- Acceleration to 100 km/h – 7 s
- Horsepower – 170 hp
- Power density – 274 hp/t
- Engine volume – 1570 cm³
- Vehicle weight 620 kg
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 price:
The Alfa Romeo TZ3 costs $1,500,000.