Why Alfa Romeo matters to Top Gear – Top Gear

Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016

This is not the word that springs to mind when confronted with the Tipo (T) 33/2 ‘Daytona’. Loud. Cramped. Scared. They’re all in the queue ahead of slow, along with 100,000 other adjectives. The 33 racing Tipo represents a noble bloodline within the Alfa pedigree, and this is a 1968 car, whose body was reworked for greater aerodynamic effect. Enlarged side intakes fed cooling air to the brakes and engine; that was a 2.0-litre V8, which produced 270bhp and revved to an ear-splitting 9,600rpm. Alfa’s competition wing Autodelta ran five T33/2s at the Daytona 24 hour race in January 1968, and they managed fifth, sixth and seventh behind Porsche’s winning 907s. The little Alfa also raced that year at the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch, at Monza, in the Targa Florio, and at the Nürburgring. Sporting new long-tail bodywork, factory T33/2s finished fourth, fifth and sixth at the ’68 Le Mans 24 hours, behind the Ford GT40 and the Porsche 907, but taking a deserved 2.0-litre class win.

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