Car in bits again...
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Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hampshire, UK
Re: 6C Sprint
The big question is what transaxle to use - the GTV6 one is not suitable because the gear cluster is mounted ahead of the differential, instead of overhanging it like the 'Sud. The 33/'Sud transaxle probably isn't strong enough to take the extra torque of the V6. The first Giacattolo used a German ZF transaxle, as used in the GT40 and DeTomaso Pantera, but costs a fortune (then and now) and is too heavy-duty for this application.
The old Audi 100 used an in-line FWD transaxle with inboard brakes with the same layout as the 'Sud (albeit with an inline 4-cylinder), which could be used if a suitable adapter plate can be manufactured, or there is always the Renault 30 transaxle (as used in countless GT40 replicas) which can, at a pinch, handle the power of a small-block V8.
I think the Sprint 6C was a terrific idea, and great from the parts bin engineering viewpoint, but I guess cash-strapped Alfa Romeo just couldn't afford to develop the idea...
I did notice while Internet searching on Giocattolo that one of its most vocal exponents was killed in a spectacular high-speed crash. Powerful, spectacularly fast and well-appointed they may have been, but with so few built, perhaps a lack of development in the chassis department???
Alfanauts are GO!!!