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    ESPN: Unlike F1's Miami, Road America is a 'proper' circuit, challenging drivers in the best way possible

    /* Miami was better than I expected for a parking lot track, but it was still a parking lot.  RA is a jewel, and I am privileged to be there in less than 2 weeks.  A truly great track for driving or spectating. */

     the crown jewel of American "proper" road courses, the 4-mile, 14-turn, 67-year-old masterpiece in Elkhart Lake,    Wisconsin, known as Road America.

    It's the circuit Vettel called out by name when he lamented the investment made in Miami while "proper" tracks of the U.S. were overlooked.

    Unlike F1's Miami, Road America is a 'proper' circuit, challenging drivers in the best way possible

     


    Re: ESPN: Unlike F1's Miami, Road America is a 'proper' circuit, challenging drivers in the best way possible

    Road America is a wonderful track and I have driven many times over the years.   I even met a couple who had a stake in RA many decades ago too.  Amazingly, they owned an automotive stereo installation company in North Central Indiana and owned for several years Alfa Romeo BAT 5.  https://www.alfabb.com/threads/when-said-marouf-bought-the-bat.282745/  Wacky Arnolt, mentioned in the linked posting had his facility in Warsaw, Indiana, about 40 miles away from Joe and Mary and that BAT 5.  

    1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5

    Lender: The Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California

    Sponsored by: Gresham, Smith and Partners

    • 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. The Blackhawk Collection. Image © 2016 Peter Harholdt

    • 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. The Blackhawk Collection. Image © 2016 Peter Harholdt

    • 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. The Blackhawk Collection. Image © 2016 Peter Harholdt

    • 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. The Blackhawk Collection. Image © 2016 Peter Harholdt

    Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone and his chief designer Franco Scaglione, a former aeronautics student and women’s fashion designer, dreamed of creating a series of cars that were not only visually stunning, but also aerodynamically efficient with the lowest possible coefficient of drag (Cd). The results were three of the most memorable concept cars in automobile history. Using the Alfa Romeo 1900 chassis, the two would develop a series of automobiles visibly influenced by the newly emerging jet aircraft industry. They were aptly named BATs, using the initials for “Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica.” The name was a perfect fit because the cars’ tail fin treatments were reminiscent of bat wings.

    The BAT 5 was the first to be introduced to the public at the 1953 Turin Auto Show. The smoothly protruding round nose section was flanked by two large air openings that dramatically reduced Cd and resembled paired jet intakes. The front and rear wheels were almost completely enclosed, which decreased resistance from the turning wheels. The BAT 5’s 75-hp twin-cam engine, its light overall weight (2,400 pounds), and the car’s near-perfect aerodynamics permitted a 200-kph (120-mph) top speed, reportedly with excellent stability at high speeds. The BAT 5 attracted intense interest, but Alfa Romeo had no plans for a limited-production version of this show car. It would have been very hard to build, and likely too expensive, given the 1900 model’s already high price point. But Carrozzeria Bertone’s work had just begun. 

    —Adapted from the exhibition catalogue essay by Ken Gross

     

     

    Tim McGrane from the Blackhawk Automotive Museum discusses the Alfa Romeo BATs


    Re: ESPN: Unlike F1's Miami, Road America is a 'proper' circuit, challenging drivers in the best way possible

    Thanks for sharing. Great stuff. 


     
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