This Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is set for the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours

This Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is set for the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours

The new hardcore Giulia GTAm is all well and good, but Mauro Simoncini had something a little better up his sleeve. Having debuted at the 2000 Nürburgring 24 Hours in an Alfa Romeo 155, he’s now decided to take his very own race-prepped Giulia Quadrifoglio to the world-famous race.

Prepared by Lanza Motorsport, the Giulia will be raced by Scuderia del Portello, a team that has previously taken multiple Alfa Romeos to the N24. The announcement came on the 110th anniversary of Alfa Romeo itself, one that confirms the return of the four-leaf clover to the endurance race after almost two decades of absence.

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Having prepared cars for 18 editions of the N24 over its 35-year history, Lanza Motorsport is well equipped for the task at hand. Though the Quadrifoglio boasts a relatively low weight figure from the factory, Lanza has managed to bring the figure down to just 1400kg, a reduction of 124kg over standard. This is thanks to the removal of all unnecessary interior components and the use of carbonfibre throughout – various parts have been removed and remade in the lightweight material.

An output of over 500bhp from a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 puts it in the high-power SP8 T class, with its reduced weight allowing its 0-62mph sprint to come seven-tenths sooner than standard – top speed has also been raised from 191mph to 200. The most obvious exterior modification is the introduction of a large rear wing, constructed to comply with the race regulations. If you have a keen eye, you’ll also have noticed the red insides of the exhaust tips, a nod to Italian cars of years gone by.

Given that it’s destined for the N24, this Giulia is fitted with all of the latest safety tech, including fire-extinguishing equipment, a six-point harness and an FIA-homologated roll-cage.

To see it in action, tune into the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours on 24 September.