The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Brings a Lightweight Chassis to Edmonton, AB
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider delivers exceptional speed (0-100 km/h in only 4.1 seconds) on the road. It is able to achieve this level of performance with a 1.75L turbocharged I-4 and a dual-clutch transmission. Its Formula 1-inspired design also includes a pace-enhancing lightweight chassis.
The entire two-seat vehicle comes in at a feathery 1,128 kg. The makers did not compromise on safety or rigidity to achieve this feat. Instead, they focused on ingenious engineering and special metals, including aluminum and carbon fibre.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider boasts a monocoque chassis. In other words, the entire structure consists of a single piece. In this case, the material is carbon fibre, which is not as heavy as other alloys. At the same time, it is exceptionally rigid and three times stronger than conventional steel.
The aluminum subframes are likewise lightweight, and the exterior consists of Sheet Moulded Compound (SMC), which resists corrosion and eclipses the strength of steel without adding much to the scales.