Alfa Romeo proclaimed victory last week when the Stelvio Quadrifoglio ran the Nürburgring in a seriously quick 7:51.7. Quite impressive, indeed. However, something fishy is going on with the supplied video evidence of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s record-setting lap time.
Originally reported by Bridge To Gantry, after an anonymous tipster alerted the motorsport site, it’s evident the video has been altered. Specifically, there are two cuts in the official video supplied by Alfa Romeo.
The first cut happens at 0:58, which clearly moves from one portion of the track to another. The camera angle changes, and suddenly, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is at the bridge. The engine noises are also incredibly mismatched. Then, at 3:29, it happens again. Again, suddenly, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio sprints to another portion of the track and does nearly 100 meters of driving in one second. When you’re looking for the edits, they’re very evident.
It’s important to note that the edited video doesn’t mean the Stelvio Quadrifoglio didn’t achieve the record of fastest SUV at the Nürburgring, but it certainly does beg the question: why would Alfa Romeo edit the footage? The total time in the video matches the 7:51.7 lap, but with two edits, it’s certainly strange. Check out the video above and watch the cuts for yourself.