Alfa Romeo has decided to celebrate the arrival of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde in UK dealerships in an interesting and undeniably dangerous way – by sending it around Silverstone in the hands of a blindfolded driver.
Alfa called on Ed Morris, who at 18 years old became the youngest British driver to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to complete the sightless lap. Instead of literally blindfolding Morris, Alfa simply blacked out the windows of the Giulia QV, allowing him to keep and eye on his hand placement and the vehicle’s instruments during the lap.
Morris also wasn’t alone in completing the blacked out lap, either. He was joined by Alfa pro driver David Brise, who followed behind him in another Giulia QV and instructed him when to brake, turn in and accelerate through an earpiece. The Giulia’s full speed forward collision warning also acts as a bit of a safety net and could slow or bring the vehicle to a full stop if frontal collision appeared imminent.
Brise and Morris begin by practicing on Silverstone’s smaller 0.7-mile Stowe Circuit before moving up to the full-on 3.6-mile Formula 1 Arena Grand Prix Circuit. Check out the lap in the video embedded above.