All-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Makes its Canadian Debut

The all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C made its highly anticipated Canadian debut at the 15th annual Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival, the official kick-off to this weekend’s Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal, June 5-8, 2014.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

The unveiling of the two-seat, mid-engine 4C, also marks the return of the storied Alfa Romeo brand to Canada. Inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history, the Italian-built coupe features a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque, an all-aluminum turbocharged engine influenced by Formula 1 and advanced technological solutions that deliver supercar-level performance and driving exhilaration.

For its 15th anniversary, the popular Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival will have the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C as the event’s official automotive sponsor. Beginning Thursday at 11 AM, the Alfa Romeo Pit Stop challenge is an area where celebrities, athletes and the public can test their skills at a timed, tire-changing contest to see how they measure up to the top-level F1 pit crews.

“What better place to debut an all-new performance vehicle inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary racing history, than at a festival celebrating the largest motor sports event in Canada?,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. “With its purposeful design for maximum performance, the all-new 4C coupe is sure to be the talk of the Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival.”

For the Alfa Romeo brand, the all-new 4C represents the essential sportiness embedded within the brand’s DNA: Italian style, performance and technical excellence, for maximum driving pleasure in complete safety.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old traditions of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand’s authentic values. The “4C” name recalls Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C model’s designation continues this tradition with the latest, all-aluminum 1,750 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands were used to develop the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. Teamwork between the two brands included the integration of the Alfa Romeo Style Center design with the well-known craftsmanship of the Maserati brand’s Modena production plant. In addition, the Alfa Romeo 4C was boosted by the technological contributions of Italian suppliers, who are international leaders in manufacturing high-performance components.This is a distinguishing trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand with a century of history that continues to be one of the most famous and popular ambassadors of Italian products around the world.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be available in Canada in the summer of 2014.

For more information check out Chrysler Group’s news page.


Getting Revved up for Montreal’s F1 Grand Prix

Montreal, Quebec is one of Canada’s most interesting cities and once a year it puts on its biggest show as it plays host to Canada’s only Formula 1 automobile race the Grand Prix of Montreal.  Scheduled for this Sunday, June 9, Montreal will see an influx of 150,000 tourists who flock to the city to take in everything F1.

This supreme racing league with its multi-million dollar cars, infamous team owners and young superstar drivers is in a whole other league. Second only to soccer in popularity, Formula One racing dwarfs every other sport with its truly global television audience. For the next three days, all eyes will be on the Île Notre-Dame as the drivers go for victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Map of 2013 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve course

Map of 2013 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve course

Along with the racing, the city comes alive with the spirit and sound of people from all over coming to watch and have fun at the same time. Unfortunately, Team RedlineNorth did not plan this out well and will be missing this year’s festivities however, we will be back next year. For the racing enthusiast this is a must attend event at least once in your lifetime.  As for the racing, last year’s winner was the UK’s Lewis Hamilton seen here celebrating on the podium.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton wins 2012 Montreal Grand Prix

If you are not lucky enough to be at the race in person be sure to watch on Sunday to see who crosses the finish line under the checkered flag.  The race will be broadcasted on TSN here in Canada.