Despite the automaker’s rich racing heritage, Alfa Romeo has never officially taken the 4C racing. That’s rather disappointing, as the little mid-engine Alfa would make one cool GT4-spec racecar, but an obscure Italian racecar manufacturer has now filled our desires to see the 4C go racing.
Picchio Racing, a small racingoutfit based out of Abruzzo, Italy, has constructed a 4C hillclimb car for driver Marco Gramenzi. Picchio heavily modified the 4C when conducting its racecar transformation, extending the wheelbase by 30cm, adding pushrod suspension and installing a Hewland sequential transmission. The body is also far from stock and features the aggressive aero you’d expect of a hillclimb car.
But the real party piece is the engine. Alfa’s 1.75-liter four-cylinder remains but has been boosted to a shocking 600 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque. We’re not sure how Picchio managed to achieve those supercar-shaming power figures, but we’re impressed.
Watch it take part in only its second hillclimb ever in the video above.