Not missing the point at all and I take my hat off to him for taking it on, just saying that there is a lot R/D in this and it could go the wrong way, there's also the matter of drive what "Alfa" drive system will they go with, he's looking at 3.2 litres so I can't see him using a boxer box unless he redesign's it but then there's the drive shafts, rear hubs etc. He could end up redesigning everything Alfa just to keep the name which if that is the only goal then well done to him but as with most things in life cost becomes a factor and it would be a shame if to see all that work joined up to say a Porsche box. My goal was a V8 in my Sud and I would have loved an Alfa but went with the Ford just like the Gaicattolo. I think its a fantastic project right up my street and would love to see it in the flesh.
That's true, the Alfa transmission won't be an option if it produces the power expected. But Alfa weren't averse to using the ZF transaxle on the Sprint 6C (same as Ford, De Tomaso, Maserati), as well as the original Giocattolo, so that's what I would expect them to use. I don't think that's straying too far from marque purity.
One thing I have discovered about the Porker gearbox (unless its a Boxter unit), is that if you want to use it for mid-engined applications, you have to run the transmission upside down. This is because you can't flip the crownwheel and pinion over to get five forward and 1 reverse gear (which you can on a Beetle 'box). A friend of mine is building up an Ultima GTR for a client and is using a G50 transaxle, which looks very odd with the bellhousing sitting lower
than the gear housing and the driveshafts pointing downhill...
Clearly this guy has some serious wedge to have a crankshaft cast specially for the engine. I think its a wonderful idea, but clearly destined to be a one-off... Now if someone took a Busso 2.5 litre V6 and added 2 more cylinders, now that
would be an engine with a future!