Michela Cerruti became the latest driver to get behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris when she made her test debut in the car at Vallelunga last Friday.
The 34-year-old Italian is the team’s Operations Manager, but has a racing CV that includes victories in Auto GP, Superstars and Italian GTs, plus a stint as a Formula E race driver.
She is the fourth person to drive the car, joining confirmed PURE ETCR race driver Stefano Coletti, Test Driver Luca Filippi and Romeo Ferraris Technical Director Mario Ferraris, who gave the car its shakedown run at MotorLand Aragón in March.
“At last my time has come,” she said. “After the Giulietta TCR, this is the second car prototype that we have developed in-house [at Romeo Ferraris] to contest an international series and I feel very proud of the work we’ve done.
“I’m a little jealous that Mario, Stefano and Luca have all had the possibility to test before me, but the impressions are a little difficult to describe.”
Cerruti was surprised by the feeling of power as the 500kW ETCR technical kit – which produces the equivalent of 670bhp instantly – kicked in.
“It’s crazy to see how the power and speed are different to what I experienced in my previous outings in an electric car – the first generation of Formula E,” she said.
“I’m surprised by the outrageous progress made in the electric motorsport sector and even more convinced now that the path we have undertaken is the right one.”
Just as Vallelunga was the location Cerruti’s test, it will also host the opening round of PURE ETCR – the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship, on June 18-20.