Or at least send it out in spectacular style.
Ugur Sahin Design is not quite as well-known as some other design houses, but has nonetheless created some stunning projects in the past. And if the Alfa Romeo Nivola Concept is anything to go by, we will be seeing a whole lot more of them in the future.
The inspiration to design this beautiful car came to Ugur Sahin last year when he saw the Alfa Romeo Stradale 33, designed by Franco Scaglione in 1967, win 'Best Of Show' at Pebble Beach. He decided to design a modern interpretation of the 33 and settled on the name Nivola for his new creation. That was the nickname given to legendary racing driver Tazio Nuvolari.
"He epitomized courage and daring and for 30 years he amazed the racing world with his exploits on both two and four wheels resulting in several championship titles in motorcycle as well as sports car championships. For Alfa Romeo he won several world championship titles, a few Mille Miglia’s and Targa Florio races and to top it off he won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Alfa Romeo. As I admire people who fight hard for achieving their personal goals in life, I decided to name the design "Nivola” in honour of the great Tazio Nuvolari,” explained Sahin.
Thanks to its low weight and nimble handling characteristics a stock Alfa Romeo 4C chassis and underpinnings were used to create the Nivola concept, it did create some additional challenges though.
"The proportions and hard points of the 4C chassis are quite different to the original Alfa 33 Stradale. In order to get closer to the proportions of the Stradale 33, the rear of the car was extended in length in order to create sleek rear fenders that extend all the way back to the edge of the rear end.” Says Sahin.
The final result looks perfectly proportioned, effortlessly fusing the old and new into one spectacular design. Since the Nivola Concept is based on an existing Alfa Romeo chassis, Ugur says that a limited production run could be considered using either carbon fiber or aluminum body panels.
While there are no performance statistics or claims, the 4C makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 1.8-liter motor so the Nivola should post similar acceleration times, which means 0-60 mph in 4.1-seconds and a 160 mph top end. We sincerely hope that there is enough interest to get this car built, it deserves to become much more than just a concept.