The Alfa Romeo Giulia was an obvious choice for Italian constructor Romeo Ferraris’ ETCR platform despite being a physically bigger car than most other TCR and ETCR designs, according to its operations manager Michela Cerruti.
Romeo Ferraris announced its ETCR program in December, with its Alfa Romeo Giulia becoming the third car confirmed for the electric touring car category after the Cupra e-Racer and Hyundai Veloster N ETCR.
The Milan-based company already produces and races the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, but former Formula E driver Cerruti says the four-door Giulia was a much better choice for ETCR than the Giulietta hatchback.
“We have always looked forward to making a race car out of the Giulia because the base of the car is really nice, dynamically, mechanically and aerodynamically speaking,” Cerruti explained to e-racing365.
“When we had the chance to make a new project with a new car, our natural choice was the Giulia.
“It makes sense for us to go on with Alfa Romeo but it did not make sense for us to go on with the Giulietta because it will be out of production from next year on, so from a business choice it was better like that.”
In addition to the increased relevance of the Giulia versus the 11-year-old Giulietta, the larger car also lends itself to ETCR’s unique rear-wheel-drive setup.
“The base model is already rear-wheel drive so it would have been nonsense to use a front-wheel car like the Giulietta.
“We did not have many models to choose from because for us it makes sense to use the same brand. We had a good model in the Giulia.
“If there were a new Giulietta coming out, it would probably be the choice for a TCR project but for ETCR anyway, it would be the Giulia.”
The car is set to be ready for a rollout in the next few months, but Cerruti says progress has been slowed by a couple of vague points in the ETCR regulations.
E-racing365 understands that TCR/ETCR organizer WSC Group is still on track to host a number of standalone events in 2020 before the debut of a full ETCR championship in 2021.
“From a certain point of view the job is also slow because the regulations are a little bit slow, so we need to wait for a few pieces of information coming from the organizers directly, from the technical department,” Cerruti said.
“On the other side, we have also started pretty late. We hope to have the car completely ready for spring, which is also when the testing should start.”