Montecarlo Automobile Debuts Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga GT Car
By John Beltz Snyder
October 07, 2013
Montecarlo Automobile brought out its Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga GT car to mark the 50th anniversary of Alfa Romeo’s motorsports arm Autodelta, and its founder Carlo Chiti. The car, powered by a 3.0-liter Alfa Romeo V-6 engine took to the track for the first time at Monza as part of the celebration.
The Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga’s methane-powered “Busso” engine, providing 300 horsepower, is a green version of the Alfa engine developed by BRC. The track car’s bodywork is constructed of carbon fiber.
is considering a single-make championship racing series featuring the Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga.
Only 20 examples of the Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga will be created. The official price has not yet been set, but it is expected to be around €150,000 (approximately $203,580). A portion of the proceeds will go a kennel club in Monaco named for Carlo Chiti, who had an affinity for dogs.
Have a closer look at the Montecarlo Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga at Monza in the attached photo gallery, and get more details in the press release, below.
Montecarlo Automobile: the ‘Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga’ makes its track debut
On the Lombardy circuit to mark Autodelta’s 50th anniversary
October 2013 – Fulvio Maria Ballabio’s Montecarlo Automobile took the ‘Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga’ GT on its first track outing. The occasion was to celebrate of Autodelta’s 50th Anniversary and was organised at Monza by RIAR (Registro Internazionale Alfa Romeo). This special model is dedicated to the renowned Tuscan engineer and founder of Autodelta. He appeared in F1 and was a well-known figure in the racing world with Ferrari, ATS and Alfa Romeo. He was also crucial in establishing Montecarlo Automobile alongside Fulvio Maria Ballabio.
During the past thirty years, the Monaco-based company has used Carlo Chiti’s engines on the Centenaire and made the most of Chiti’s vast technical knowledge until he sadly passed away. Surrounded by the Alfas that have made motor-racing history, the new Montecarlo Automobile ‘Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga’ project was overseen by Roberto Olivo, an engineer from BRC.
Chiti’s children, Olga and Arturo, were present at the test session, along with Carlo Junior, the new arrival in the family who showed his immediate appreciation for the new car. Teodoro Zeccoli, the famous driver/tester, and FIA/ACI CSAI member, Mario Bonifacio, were also in attendance.
The new ‘Carlo Chiti Monza Codalunga’ boasts carbon-fibre bodywork and is powered by a 3-litre V6 Alfa Romeo engine. The methane-powered unit nicknamed the ‘Busso’ was developed by BRC, a company that specialises in the creation of alternative fuel engines.
Montecarlo Automobile aim to construct a limited run of 20 examples equipped with a tweaked 3.0 engine that delivers over 300 bhp, in a BRC bifuel set up.
The ‘Carlo Chiti MonzaCodaLunga’ builds on the experience gained in producing the Montecarlo Quadrifuel and is a true sportscar for collectors. The GT can be taken to the track fitted with a magical Alfa Romeo engine that has been given a green makeover. The rapture that has greeted the car may even lead Montecarlo Automobile to set up a new single-make championship.
This is a car destined for gentlemen drivers who adored getting behind the wheel of the TZ2 or other vintage Alfa Romeo Sport and Turismo vehicles but who also appreciate the thrills provided on the track by a modern GT.
Montecarlo Automobile has still not announced the official price of the car, one designed only for competition use, but it should be around €150,000. Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to a Monaco kennel club that will bear the name Carlo Chiti. Chiti was as fond of dogs as he was cars and he was often accompanied into the office by a four-legged friend…