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Alfa Romeo resurrects Giulia GTA as a two-seater with F1-enhanced styling

The car keeps most of the Alfa's most beloved characteristics and expands upon them.

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Nearly 110 years in, Alfa Romeo is still creating beautiful stallions that combine athleticism and elegance. To celebrate its 110th birthday, Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Giulia GTA, a model steeped in history and big on style.

GTA stands for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita". "Alleggerita" is an Italian term for lighthearted. The moniker can trace its roots back to 1965 when the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT, designed as a sports car and presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA Designers have added a wing to the back of the Giulia GTA.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

That model featured a Giulia Sprint GT with its traditional body removed and replaced by an aluminum version, which saved 205 kg. The car also had its engine production upped from the 115-horsepower as it was originally tuned to 170 horsepower. That weight savings, combined with the power boost, helped the car win numerous racing championships.

Alfa Romeo is hoping similar success will follow with the Giulia GTA. The automaker has taken notes from the modifications of the 1965 model, reducing the weight and upping the aerodynamic design elements of the new Giulia GTA. Engineering solutions came directly from Formula 1 thanks to Alfa's partnership with Sauber Engineering and the use of the Sauber Aerokit.

Standard equipment on the new model includes: side skirts; a rear spoiler; active front slipper; titanium Akrapovič central exhaust system that is integrated into the carbon fiber rear diffuser; and 20-inch center lock wheels; a larger front splitter; a real carbon rear wing; and fresh springs, shock absorbers, and bushings for the suspension system. The car's track has been widened 50 mm.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA The cabin features the new features found I the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The car's 2.9-liter bi-turbo engine is made of aluminum and is capable of unleashing 550 horsepower in the new model. This is thanks to turning, with the engine being a carryover from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolgio. It can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds.

Alfa Romeo's design team has given the car, which features the fresh changes made to the car for the 2020 model year, a number of enhancements including a 100-percent Alcantara dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars, and the central trim on the seats.

The new matte carbon inserts endow the interior with a distinctive technical and aesthetic elegance. In the new GTAm, the interior is unique in that it features a roll bar, no door panels or rear seats and the door is opened with a belt in place of the handle, another touch that comes from the racing world.

This model is a two-seater. The rear seating area becomes a upholstered "basin" that holds helmets and the fire extinguisher.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA This car was born ready to race, which is evident by the seatbelts.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Due to the loss of the seat as well as other enhancements, the Giulia GTA has slimmed 100 kg from the original weight of the model.

The car will be sold in two variants. The Giulia GTAm is the two-seater configuration approved for on-road use, with front splitter and larger visible rear wing in carbon, the ultimate expression of sportiness. In the GTA version, with the same power, Giulia offers four seats, no rear roll-bar; spoiler and splitter optimized for daily use on the road; the same door panels, seats and windows as those of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo will sell just 500 versions of this new car. Tthe new owners will also receive a personalized experience package kit, which includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars (race suit, gloves and shoes), and a personalized Goodwool car cover for protecting his or her GTA or GTAm. Additionally, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course devised by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Southern California is one of the hotspots for pollution in the U.S.

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California is the country's largest new vehicle sales market. It's also in the crosshairs of climate change activists fighting to change decades of regulations in an effort to improve the livelihoods of the state's residents while also benefitting the plants and animals that live in the state.

Governor Gavin Newson today issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. This means that the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles will be banned in favor of battery electric (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) vehicles.

That goal is poised to eliminate 35 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of the oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide, according to the State.

Data from the State shows that the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all California's carbon pollution. Eighty percent of the that is from smog-forming pollution while 95 percent is from diesel emissions. The transportation sector includes passenger vehicles as well as shipping and other forms of mobility.

"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," said Governor Newsom. "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines."

The next steps include the California Air Resources Board developing regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. Additionally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are mandated to be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

The move to all-BEV and FCEV vehicles won't eliminate the pollutants spewed by vehicles purchased prior to 2035 or the purchase of used vehicles.

This isn’t the first time California has attempted to regulate electrified vehicles into popularity. Despite the state’s efforts, BEVs, FCEVs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are unpopular among buyers nationwide. Out of the 17 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2019, just 330,000 of them were plug-in electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) with 80 percent of those being Teslas. Only 7,000 FCEVs were sold or leased during the same period.

Additionally, “the executive order directs state agencies to develop strategies for an integrated, statewide rail and transit network, and incorporate safe and accessible infrastructure into projects to support bicycle and pedestrian options, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities” according to a release by the Governor’s office.

Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board has approved new regulations requiring truck manufacturers to transition to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.

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