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Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo

The Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo pictured here is a follow-up to the Alfasud Furgone Sportivo I created last year. Basically the same idea, executed on a far more modern chassis (Type 939). I found a great picture of a metallic red 159 ti wagon and started, with the finished picture already in my mind. But then… I did the sensible thing got carried away and one idea led to another. From a simple all-red panel van conversion it escalated to a two-tone Alfa Romeo Assistenza & Servizio wagon, inspired by this Giulia Giardinera. To break up the hard contrast at the B-pillar and to lessen the impression of a simple hack-job, I added a small quarter window. This would also help the driver to better see pedestrians and cyclists when turning corners. I would really love to build this in 1:1 scale…

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo

Many years ago I saved a picture of an Alfa Romeo Alfasud Giardinetta on my computer. I fiddled around with it now and then but never liked the outcome. But when I created the BMW 2002 Turbo panel wagon a couple of weeks ago I remembered the Giardinetta. After opening the picture and covering the windows it was only a matter of a few hours until the Furgone conversion was finished. I hope you enjoy and like my take on the Alfasud with lowered suspension, multi-piece wheels, low profile tires and blacked out chrome parts.

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde with fender flares | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde with bolt-on fender flares

I know, I know. Nobody would modify an Alfa Romeo Spider this way in real life. Not even the unloved-by-most version with the rubber spoiler on the boot lid would receive bolt-on fender flares by any Alfista out there. Or am I possibly wrong and somebody already did this? Maybe in Japan or somewhere in Scandinavia? If you happen to know any such modified Spider, please let me know and I’ll post it here. Thank you very much in advance.

Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde with fender flares | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

 

Alfa Romeo ARNA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsc (2014)

Alfa Romeo Arna US-spec

When Alfa Romeo and Nissan decided to team up and produce a car, they made a big mistake. The Arna featured Italian underpinnings and Japanese styling. Excuse me? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? As much as I like cars with straight lines, this one was just too bland and the scudetto up front is a joke. The car might have been fun to drive, but seriously lacked presence. Was it a runaway sales success? Well… trying to figure that out shouldn’t be too hard. However, even the blandest car may be used a base for something a little more exciting. This worked. Sort of. OK, not really. Sorry! Just look at the beautiful hood ornament then, will you? 😉

Alfa Romeo ARNA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsc (2014)

 

Alfa Romeo 4C Evoluzione | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Alfa Romeo 4C Evoluzione

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a nifty little sportscar, well worth of carrying the legendary brand name. However, I don’t like the stock headlights, because they do look very cheap and out of place on such a sculpted body. But hey, that is easily fixed with Adobe Photoshop.

Alfa Romeo 4C Evoluzione | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

 

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

Sifredi Corse Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car

Martin Sifredi is a passionate car enthusiast who is gradually building on his Alfa Romeo car collection. He eventually wanted to build his own Alfa Romeo race car and chose one of his favourite models: the 1991 Alfa 33 Boxer 16V. He deemed this particular model a perfect choice, because they are such great cars to drive in factory trim. He already owns a show winning 1991 33 16V, so it was a natural progression for him to find another 16V to use as a base for his project.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

Martins industrial design background and mechanical knowledge gave him the perfect tools to style and engineer the 33 to a standard that will be very competitive in its respective racing class (R, under 2000cc). The plan was to research as much information as possible regarding the Italian racing series CSAI (Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana), similar to CAMS in Australia that the 33 16V used to be raced in. It was quite hard to find detailed information regarding certain aspects of the suspension and engine, but finally a small workshop in Italy that still races the 33 was kind enough to help out with some much needed details.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The overall condition of the base vehicle was very good, it just needed a little repair to the nose panel and some re-painting of body parts was required to give the 33 a presentable appearance. The nose panel repair and spraying was a joint effort between Martin and Lee Parra, owner of Extreme Body Repairs in Dandenong.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

There are a number of changes made to the body including the complete removal of the boot floor and spare wheel well, which is now a flat 3mm aluminium floor with a sunken rearward mounted alloy battery box to bring some of the weight to the rear of the car. The 6-point rollcage keeps the weight down to a minimum, but also adds plenty of chassis rigidity and safety. It ended up weighing in at 40 kg in total.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The boxer 1.7 l Quad Cam 16V engine internals are standard, the modifications made to increase engine reliability was to incorporate an enlarged baffled sump and 13 row fan-assisted remote mounted oil cooler, which increased oil capacity to 6.8 l. Engine power has been upgraded via a custom designed lightweight stainless steel exhaust and custom “Ram Plenum” cold air intake, which feeds through the guard and picks up fresh air from behind the front bumper. The ECU has been remapped, allowing all the modifications to work at their full potential. The fuel system has undergone modification too, consisting of standard under car fuel cell, a low pressure pum, an aluminium swirl/surge pot and a sport rated high pressure pump. Power has gone up from stock 137 Hp to 160 Hp and 170 Nm of torque .

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The Interior was completely removed and re-designed, to achieve the DTM look with such details as the forward mounted digital dash pod and custom fabricated centre console, relaying all the necessary information to the driver. Other components added in where the OMP race pedal set, OMP suede steering wheel mounted on a quick release hub, hydraulic hand brake and also for added safety an extra remote operated “fire bomb” extinguisher for the engine bay, which can be activated from the dash. The Sparco EVO2 seat and OMP 6 point 3” harness add comfort and safety for the driver.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

Once underway with the weight reduction, Martin was keen to explore what could be achieved with the overall look of the final product. He is passionate about the DTM in the 90’s that he decided to style the 33 16V based on the Alfa Romeo 155 DTM cars, hence the design of the rear wing and other aero elements found on the 33 now. The process of recreating certain aero components just by looking at photos and using reference points was complicated.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The rear hatch has been extensively modified, including structural weight reduction and also the use of a 4 pin quick release system. The glass has been swapped for polycarbonate. The main feature of is the DTM style double aerofoil wing, which has been carefully positioned to provide the original look from the 155 DTM and also maximising the aero effect. It can be adjusted to a high angle of attack for slow tracks and low angle of attack for fast tracks, depending on the amount of down force needed.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

Martin fabricated a one-off carbon fiber and kevlar quick release bonnet, weighing in at a featherweight 3 kg compared to the factory steel version of 16 kg. It incorporates functional heat vents and NACA ducts. The front bumper received a few aerodynamic modifications consisting of a grafted bolt-on Alfa 75 EVO front spoiler and incorporates side air exit vents to vent hot air away from the oil cooler and depressurise the front.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The performance side of the equation is simple: the key to going fast is “power to weight” plus mechanical grip, so the goal was to shed 200 kg off the standard 1000 kg. The 33 now weighs in at just 820 kg.

The chassis and suspension have been completely rebuilt and the car is now running similar spring rates the 33 16V used to run in competition back in Italy under the CSAI. The inclusion of re-valved Koni sport dampers are working very well with this set up. A custom designed chromoly tube front control arm assembly will be part of the next package going on the car before the next race meeting. The installation of a rear sway bar will provide fine tuning adjustments to really get the most out of the suspension package .

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The front brake package now consists of 155 Q4 282mm vented and slotted rotors, with the brilliant Alfa Romeo 147 GTA Brembo 4-piston calipers. There was a fair amount of modification to be made to make the big 4 pots fit so Martin designed a brake caliper adapter to suit this application. The rear brake set up has been upgraded from the conventional drum brake setup. The brakes that used to be on the front are now in the rear with slotted and ventilated rotors. Martin plans to install a pair of twin piston Brembos and remove the heavy, low efficiency, factory calipers. The whole braking system is also fine tuned via a brake bias valve.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The side skirts have also been exchanged with items he fabricated to suit the original look and adding more functionality. The quick release rear bar also has extensive modification to cater for the DTM styled rear Diffuser, which aids to the cars down force at speed and also finishes off the overall look nicely.

Alfa Romeo 33 16V Race Car by Martin Sifredi / Sifredi Corse

The link between the tarmac and the 33 is a set of perfectly balanced Sparco Cromodora 7×15″ wheels, which are wrapped in a set of very sticky 205/50 R 15 Yokohama Advan A048 and are perfectly suited for this package.

Race cars are always an ongoing affair, trying to learn the behaviour of the car and refining and adjusting and re-building components until you have reached a point of satisfaction and squeezed that last bit of performance possible to gain those extra few seconds per lap. Having seen and experienced many different cars at Club and National level, Alfa Romeos’ inherit performance capabilities did not stop with the GTV or the 75, but bled into a lot of the other models as well! The 33 can be transformed into a very serious track/race car with a fairly moderate budget.

Finally after 11 months from starting to the finished product, the Sifredi Corse 33 16V has had its debut track “shake down” at Winton Raceway in December 2012, and Martin is pleased to say that “straight out of the box” the 33 didn’t miss a beat and was very well behaved out on track. There will be a few minor adjustments carried out to fine tune the suspension and also engine. Martin says that it has been a great pleasure to undertake this race car project and it has only made his passion for Alfa even stronger – “Viva Alfa Romeo”.

Alfa Romeo 164 Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Alfa Romeo 164 Coupé

The Alfa Romeo 164 is a typical car of the late eighties, with straight lines that seem to stretch the body. Unfortunately Alfa Romeo never built a two-door coupé version of this beautiful car. To create the coupé I got rid of the rear doors, moved the B-pillar backwards, chopped the top and reshaped the C-pillar. The lower suspension and a set of larger diameter wheels completely create a more serious attitude.

Alfa Romeo 164 Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Alfa Romeo 33 Cuore Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Alfa Romeo 33 Mk1 Cuore Sportivo

Well, does it always have to be a high gloss paint job and perfect finish? No, definitely not. Sometime less is more. If you focus on the fun to drive factor, optics are somewhat irrelevant. Therefore it’s a base trim model this time. Black bumpers and trim, just a set of multi-piece Alfa Romeo wheels added to this Mk1 33. And lowered, of course. 😉

Alfa Romeo 33 Cuore Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Alfa Romeo 33 | Martin Sifredi / Australia

Martin Sifredis’ Alfa Romeo 33 16V

After seeing my interpretation of the Alfa Romeo 33 permanent4, Martin Sifredi from Australia contacted me. He attached a couple of pictures of the 1991 33 Boxer 16V he purchased four years ago in Melbourne (Victoria). It was a very original and clean example of this model, and considering there are very few around, he snapped it up. The car has traveled 189.000 km and it still runs as good as it would have when new.

Alfa Romeo 33

Alfa Romeo 33 | Martin Sifredi / Australia

The bodywork has been kept totally original, apart from the addition of Autodelta Stickers on the front fenders. Not just there for looks, but also indicating that there really is an Autodelta chip installed in the ECU. The Alfa Romeo rosso corsa paintwork has been redone two years ago by Alfa Specialists Cambro Motors in Melbourne. Martin maintains the finish of the car using only Meguiar’s products. He replaced the factory 14” wheels with a set of beautifully matched 17 X 7.5” MOMO corse wheels, replacing the MOMO corse center cap with original Alfa center caps, reminiscent of the Alfa DIVA concept. Tyres are Khumo Ecsta Supra 205/40 R 17. According to Martin, the wheel and tire upgrade has definitely improved stability and driving feel.
The suspension has been upgraded with new bushings all around and red Koni sport shock absorbers on the rear axle. The car has also been lowered by 40 mm, giving the Boxer a really nice stance. Future handling improvements will include a K-mac rear sway bar.

Alfa Romeo 33 | Manfred Sifredi / Australia

Alfa Romeo 33 | Martin Sifredi / Australia

The engine internals are all completely original, performance modifications include an Autodelta ECU power chip, stainless steel tuned length exhaust extractors, 2.5” exhaust system with catalytic converter, rear semi baffled muffler and ANSA tip. Producing a very throaty “WRX” like rumble on idle, but once accelerating through the fully rebuilt five speed gearbox, the sound starts to climb into more of the renowned Alfa Romeo symphony: a higher pitched metallic rasp. Martin loves the sound of the exhaust system, and of course the legendary flat four Boxer 16V. It is definitely a unique sound, separating it from the rest of the cars on the road! Cabin noise is still very comfortable, though, with no boom as one gets from some aftermarket exhaust systems.

Alfa Romeo 33 engine | Manfred Sifredi / Australia

Alfa Romeo 33 engine | Martin Sifredi / Australia

The factory air filter has been replaced with a high flow K&N panel air filter, providing more flow through the AFM. The engine oil is always replaced every 4.000 km with Mobil 1 5W-50. This oil seems to work extremely well. With these engine and ECU upgrades the 33 is now pushing out a very spirited 150hp @ 7.000 rpm and does make for a spirited drive on a nice crisp morning! J
The cam belts, shaft seals, tensioners, water pump and brand new rear brakes have all been done recently. The car gets treated to all that it requires, in order to keep it running as new. All mechanical work is done by Alfa Romeo specialists Mauceri Motors in Melbourne.

Alfa Romeo 33 | Manfred Sifredi / Australia

Alfa Romeo 33 | Martin Sifredi / Australia

The Interior of the 33 is original, but sporting some new performance orientated parts. Martin replaced the standard Alfa 3 spoke steering wheel with a beautiful MOMO Daytona 4 steering wheel, covered in black leather. This particular steering wheel has a smaller than standard MOMO horn button. Installing the original badge from the original wheel proved a bit tricky, because it was a little oversize. He removed the center piece from the MOMO wheel and had it machined out a bit larger to take the Alfa badge. The horn button project turned out perfect, just like it would have come like that for the car!
The other internal modifications were MOMO Corse Manual pedal set in Aluminium, MOMO Corse black leather gear knob and boot. Martin designed the surrounding piece from 15 mm acrylic plastic and had it machined up, and then sprayed it platinum silver metallic to give it the aluminium look. He installed it using black allen key bolts in order to give it a sport factory look.

The last touch on the interior was the addition of the Engine Start button. It’s wired into the 33’s ignition system, still requiring the driver to use the ignition key to unlock the steering. The surround around the button is made out of a MOMO gear knob ring, carefully hand filing the base and top to the required height. It looks like the button was always there! “Call me a little bit of a dreamer but I get a buzz out of starting the car with the engine start!” says the proud owner.

Alfa Romeo 33 | Manfred Sifredi / Australia

Alfa Romeo 33 | Martin Sifredi / Australia

This 33 is a sunny day only weekend car. It is always garaged, which explains the showroom condition it is in.
A member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia in Melbourne (www.alfaclubvic.org.au), he entered the 33 into the show for the wash and shine competition in the 900 series in November 2007. This class comprises Alfasud, Sprint, and series 1, 2 and 3 Alfa 33’s. Winning his first trophy gave him even more motivation to keep the car looking pristine and running like it rolled off the assembly line! Martin hopes to enjoy the Alfa for a very long time and hopefully expand the collection soon! Martin says that he would be extremely happy to answer any questions or just to meet other 33 Boxer owners and have a chat about all things Alfa. His email address is: mvsifredi@iinet.net.au

Alfa Romeo 33 | Manfred Sifredi / Australia

Alfa Romeo 33 | The proud owner: Martin Sifredi from Australia

Thank you for your contribution to VirtualModels.org, Martin. I really appreciate it.

Kind regards,
Sebastian

PDF Download >> Alfa Romeo 33 16V | Display Card by Martin Sifredi

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint

A very simple shape can look quite mean when modified in a certain way. This Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint has been lowered substantially, fender flares have been added and the bumpers elmininated. The side exhaust adds to the racecar look.

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)