The Alfa Romeo 4C has set a new Nurburgring lap record. The lightweight sports car set a time of 8 minutes and 4 seconds. That's a new record for cars with engines that produce less than 247bhp (250hp).
The lap time matches that of the Alfa’s biggest rival, the Porsche Cayman S, and makes it one second quicker than the outgoing V8-powered BMW M3.
The 4C is powered by a tuned version of the 1750 Turbo petrol engine found in the current Guilietta. It produces 237bhp and 350Nm of torque, with 80 per cent of that power available from as little as 1,800rpm.
Contributing the to 4C’s impressive performance is the extensive use of lightweight carbon fibre used in its construction. It features a carbon fibre tub – something usually reserved for more high-performance supercars like the McLaren 12C – which helps keep dry weight down to just 895kg. The lap was also completed in a set of sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres, which are also available on customer cars.
Prices for the 4C start from £45,000, with Alfa committing to building 3,500 per year but with only 1,000 of which making their way to the UK. Order books are currently open but customers will be expected to wait until late 2014 until deliveries begin.