Milano, April 2010: Zagato Atelier announces the introduction of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa at the XII Villa D’Este Concours d’Elegance.
The TZ3 Corsa is not a design exercise. It does not take inspiration only from the 90 year collaboration between the two brands, neither only from the Milanese conjunction between Alfa Romeo and Zagato.
The TZ3 Corsa is a race car, honouring 100 years of races and victories across the whole 20th century.
It celebrates men and machines of the Alfa Romeo Zagato common tradition:
Scuderia Ferrari of the 20’s and 30’s, Alfa Corse of the 40’s and 50’s, Autodelta of the 60’s and 70’s up to the latest Scuderia Zagato of the 80’s and 90’s.
Recalling these racing emotions, the TZ3 Corsa is based on a mono shell carbon fibre tubular chassis, coupled with a tubular frame and a lightweight aluminium body.
It boasts Technical Partners such as OMP and Pirelli.
Following Zagato’s gentlemen-driver heritage, the car has been commissioned by the Alfa Romeo Zagato collector Martin Kapp, during the Zandvoort Tribute to Zagato event, where more than 130 Alfa Romeo Zagatos were celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the brand.
Martin Kapp owns, among his Alfa Romeo Collection: SZ coda tonda and SZ coda tronca, TZ and TZ2, Junior Z and S.Z..
Tribute to the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo’s Racing Heritage:
Alfa Romeo and Zagato achieved the best results since the beginnings thanks to the Mille Miglia victories of the 1500 6C, the 1750 GS and the 8C 2300 Zagato of the Scuderia Ferrari. Already in 1933 an official advert of the Alfa Romeo 8C proclaimed: “The Spider that, with the trio Alfa Romeo – Scuderia Ferrari – Carrozzeria Zagato, brought countless victories in the homeland and abroad for the honour of Italy.”
Even the grandiose Quadrifoglio Verde was placed on the bodies of Zagatos of the Alfa Corse team numerous times. Among the most glorious moments is the victory of the Formula 1 championship of Juan Manuel Fangio, aboard his Alfa Romeo 159 bodied by Zagato, as well as the victorious Alfa Romeo 3000 CM bodied in 3 samples by Zagato.
During the 60’s, the list of absolute victories of the Giulia TZ and TZ2 by Zagato for the Autodelta of Ing. Carlo Chiti, was never-ending. Some of the most memorable victories included the 1964 12 hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, and the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The single-brand Alfa Romeo S.Z. championship emphasized the Alfa Romeo ES30’s (Experimental SportsCar 3000) technical and dynamic abilities. The S.Z. delivered, and continues to so today, constant performance and driving pleasure to the Gentlemen drivers of the Alfa Zagato team, across the most important racetracks in Europe.
TZ3 CORSA Specification Sheet
Curb Weight – 850 kg
Wheelbase – 2500 mm
Front: 1622 mm
Rear: 1617 mm
Length – 4345 mm
Height – 1200 mm
Width – 1944 mm
Seating Capacity – Driver + Co-driver
Configuration – V8, dry sump
Displacement – 4200 cc
Power – 420HP Manual adjustable engine calibration
Gearbox – 6 speed sequential “tractive”
Suspensions – Ohlins Push road
Front: 245/645 “18 – Slick 640
Rear: 285/645 “18 – Slick 650
Layout – Front/Mid Engine – Rear Drive
Frame – Carbon fiber Monoshell +Carbon fiber arms
Body – Hand Made aluminium body
0 – 100km/h – sub 3.5 sec
Max Speed – over 300 km/h
OMP – A Genoese company – with over 37 years of experience in the design and production of equipment for competition cars – has supplied a range of its accessories for the new Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, specifically a set of WRC seats made out of carbon fibre, racing seatbelts, a steering wheel made out of carbon fibre, and an aluminium fire extinguisher. Products which represent a constant research into new technologies and a continuous study of innovative design forms.
PIRELLI – Pirelli participates in the presentation of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa in the role of a technical partner, equipping the car with its PZero, the most performing tyres of the Pirelli product range, developed for motorsport. Thanks to the renewed collaboration with Alfa Romeo and Zagato, Pirelli confirms itself as a leader in the high-end and as the main technological reference partner for the most prestigious automotive companies.