It seems that the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio hot lap we recently shared didn’t go as smoothly as possible, and it may be capable of an even quicker lap time around Virginia International Raceway. A time of 2:58.6 (just a second faster than the underpowered Cadillac ATS-V and the much heavier Mercedes C63 S) doesn’t make sense for that car.
Unfortunately Car and Driver reported power delivery issues during the first day of lapping in the rain, stating that the Giulia “began acting as if it were suffering from fuel starvation.” Since this can sometimes happen when driving a street car on the track due to fuel sloshing all over the tank and away from the pump, the crew didn’t pay much attention to it. However, the Giulia Quadrifoglio continued to suffer from this glitch at different parts of the track and with different amounts of fuel in the tank.
Compounding these issues were badly worn tires and a less-than-ideal-feeling brake pedal. With that said, Car and Driver has hinted that the Giulia Quadrifoglio could return to VIR for a second attempt, as they believe the car is capable of a significantly better time. So do we.