IMSA is changing its Prototype class for the 2017 racing season, ditching the current Daytona Protoype cars and switching to a P2 format. The new rules have caught the attention of Alfa Romeo, who according to RACER has spoken to the governing body about details on the engines and bodywork for the new series.
Alfa Romeo, who is looking to boost its sales in a big way in North America, hasn’t raced in North America since it competed in CART with a turbocharged V8 engine from 1989 to 1991. If it were to race in P2, it would likely use a production based 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, RACER’s sources said.
“Alfa Romeo has very ambitious plans in the United States. They’ve made it clear that racing is part of their heritage, and part of what they plan to carry forward,” said another unnamed source. “So it’s not that big of a stretch to say that if they are going to go be involved in racing in the United States, it’s going to be IMSA, so the most logical place for them to land is Prototype.”
Manufacturers will produce their own bodywork under IMSA’s new P2 rules – however it’s not yet clear if Alfa would model its racecar after an existing vehicle such as the 4C. The automaker would also have to choose from the four official chassis suppliers (Dallara, Onroak, Oreca, Riley-Multimatic) and have the supplier fit their 2.9-liter V6 engine for them.