Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper?
The Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar was a revolutionary race car designed for a scrapped race series.
It was basically an F1 racer with a saloon body plonked on top. In the middle of the car was a 3.5L V10, good for 620 BHP. This, combined with the car’s kerbweight of just 750KG enabled the car to reach 211mph.
The Alfa was created for a race series called ‘Formula S’. Bernie Ecclestone announced to replace the ProCar series (as the M1 which was used was getting a bit old) a new race series would be created which combined F1 with run-of-the-mill saloons.
Alfa decided to jump on the bandwagon straight away as they had just bought Brabham, a chassis expert. They created the car above. The problem was, no other manufacturer decided to create a car.
Undeterred, Alfa decided to show the public what the car could do. However, the driver was told to not push the car, and that made for a poor display of the car’s insane abilities.
Bernie noticed the car’s poor reception with the public and decided to scrap the entire project.
So which 164 do you prefer? This, or James May’s Alfa-Saab hybrid?