The Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris, which will compete in PURE ETCR this year, has completed its first laps with a full day of testing at Autodromo Valleluga Piero Taruffi in Italy.
The Giulia, which has been built by Romeo Ferraris at its Opera headquarters near Milan, went through the ETCR battery integration kit during the weekend and was shaken down in the Vallelunga paddock by Technical Director Mario Ferraris on Monday.
Ferraris again drove the car today (Tuesday) before handing duties over to Stefano Coletti, the former IndyCar racer who has been signed as the first Giulia ETCR driver for the PURE ETCR season.
The test, which has been organised by ETCR creator WSC Group, and which has also been attended by the CUPRA Racing and Hyundai Motorsport squads, continues tomorrow.
Mario Ferraris, Romeo Ferraris Technical Director, said: “We are very proud to be part of this historical moment for motorsport; the switch by touring car racing to electric power. It’s an all-new challenge for our company and we are very motivated to take it up. We were able to complete the integration of the ETCR kit without any issues and yesterday when I drove the car for the first time, I was amazed to realise that the car is really fun to drive and also very fast. For me it was kind of rediscovering the rear-wheel-drive touring cars of years ago, although the powerplant is very different.”