Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa – Not a Design Exercise

The Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is a purpose-built race car from the Zagato design house created to celebrate 100 years of Alfas and 90 years of collaboration between Zagato and Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo and Zagato have been partners since their beginning races at the Mille Miglia. Together, they achieved victories with the 1500 6C, the 1750 GS and the 8C 2300 Zagato of the Scuderia Ferrari. Other notable victories would be the 1964 12 hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, and the 24 hours of Le Mans. These victories, and many more, illustrate the effective partnership between Alfa Romeo and Zagato.

Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa
Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa

The TZ3 is built around a mono shell carbon fiber tubular chassis, which is coupled to a tubular frame and an aluminum body shell. This allows the 4.3 m long, 1.9 m wide and 1.2 m high racer to tip the scales at a performance-guaranteeing 850 kg (1874 lbs).  At the heart of the vehicle, we find a 420 hp 4.2 liter V8 powerplant, which uses dry sump lubrication and allows manual adjustable calibration. The unit is mated to a six speed sequential gearbox, pushes the race car to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds and offers it a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (187 mph).

The new TZ3 was built to a commission by German Zagato collector Martin Kapp, who owns original TZ and TZ2 cars. To honour the original car it uses the same shade of red and carries the same Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde badging.

Riding on 18-inch wheels, with 245/645/R18 Pirelli PZero tires at the front and 285/645/R18 at the rear, the TZ3 Corsa was officially unveiled at the 2010 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este where it received the Design Award for the best concept car or prototype chosen by public vote.

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