Do you know the story behind the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde emblem? - 13/10/2014
DID YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THE LEGENDARY QUADRIFOGLIO VERDE EMBLEM
Quadrifoglio Verde: a symbol of Italian motor racing since 1923
- The first car to sport the lucky charm was Ugo Sivocci's ‘RL', which was driven to victory in the first of Alfa Romeo's ten Targa Florio wins
- Since then, the green four-leaf clover - the Quadrifoglio Verde - has been the symbol of Alfa Romeo racing cars, later gracing special road-going series
- Today, the symbol has been passed down to the new Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde to ensure the legend lives on for future generations
Alfa Romeo's philosophy, as expressed by the Quadrifoglio Verde, is based on the constant pursuit of excellence, first in its competition vehicles and then by adopting the latest advances into its production vehicles. The Quadrifoglio Verde became inextricably linked to Alfa Romeo when, in 1923, Ugo Sivocci decided to race in the Targa Florio with this lucky symbol painted on the bonnet of his ‘RL', achieving the first of the brand's ten victories in this perilous and prestigious road race.
The victory concluded a perfect competition: 432 kilometres of the Madonìe Circuit (four laps of 108km each) at an average speed of 59.040 km/h - an amazing pace for the time, especially when the condition of the roads is taken into account, as well as the numerous hazards awaiting the competitors around the course.
Soon, the other Alfa Romeo drivers - including Enzo Ferrari, Antonio Ascari and Giulio Ramponi - decided to adopt the lucky Quadrifoglio Verde for their cars as well, and from then on the Quadrifoglio Verde became the symbol of Alfa Romeo race cars as well as special series of production models, thereby demonstrating the strong link between Alfa Romeo's touring cars and those designed for competition.
The Quadrifoglio Verde took pride of place on the bonnet of Brilli Peri's dark red ‘P2' when he won the first 'World Car Racing Championship' at Monza in 1925 - the first of Alfa Romeo's five world titles - and by the end of the 1920's it also distinguished the cars built by Alfa Romeo from those of Scuderia Ferrari, which by now carried the prancing horse emblem.
In 1950 and 1951, Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio won the first two editions of the Formula 1 World Championship on the Alfa Romeo 158 and the Alfa Romeo 159, the renowned 'Alfettas' - one of which (the 159) will feature in the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. In the 1960s the Quadrifoglio Verde was used for the 'ready-to-race' version of the Giulia, the TI Super and then for a few decades in combination with the Autodelta light blue triangle, on the models ranging from the GTA to the 33 in a timeframe that extends as far as the World Championships entered by the 33 TT 12 and the 33 SC 12 in 1975 and in 1977 respectively. Alfa Romeo's racing activity continued in the 1980s and included a return to F1 in 1980 as well as numerous wins in touring cars, from the memorable GTV6 2.5 to the resounding victory in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Mesterschaft) with the Alfa Romeo 155 in 1993 and the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) in 1994, not to mention the long series of wins by the Alfa Romeo 156 Superturismo between 1998 and 2004.
When it comes to production Alfa Romeo models, several high-performance models have borne the Quadrifoglio Verde symbol between the 1960s and the 1980s. Some feature the symbol on the body without appearing in the official name: Giulia TI Super, Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, 1750 GT Veloce [actually a gold-coloured Quadrifoglio Verde] and Alfasud Sprint. From the 1980s onwards, the Quadrifoglio Verde appeared in their official names, such as the Alfasud TI Quadrifoglio Verde, Sprint Quadrifoglio Verde, the various versions of the 33 Quadrifoglio Verde, 75 Quadrifoglio Verde, Spider 2.0 Quadrifoglio Verde, 164 Quadrifoglio Verde and 145 Quadrifoglio Verde.
In 2008, the Quadrifoglio Verde returned to the Alfa Romeo MiTo and in 2010 to the Giulietta, continuing in the tradition of the best high-performance Alfa Romeos. Quadrifoglio Verde versions of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta have been Official Safety Cars of the SBK Superbike World Championship for a number of years and Alfa Romeo has been a World Superbikes top sponsor since 2007, sharing the same values of sportsmanship, technology and safety at the highest level.
The new 2014 models open another chapter in the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde story, bringing new levels of the style, performance, driving pleasure and technical excellence to their respective segments and ensuring that the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde emblem retains its importance and mystique long into the future
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