The mood was as gloomy as the weather at the Zolder circuit in Belgium at the beginning of April in 1993. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, the jewel in German motorsport’s crown and the home of the country’s major manufacturers, looked deflated thanks to the mid-season withdrawal of Audi. Just months earlier the entire series had seemed destined to be cancelled, with specialist magazine auto motor und sport calling a crisis meeting in Stuttgart.
Then, the gloomy silence is broken by the scream of a free-revving V6 engine. A pair of twin headlights shinesbrightly through the spray as the red Alfa 155 breaks through the grey wall of water and fires towards the chicane. It quickly slows before the 90-degree left turn, scraping its carbon fibre along the tarmac. Despite the water the car corners as if it were on rails. With a furious roar it powers out of the right-hander and onto the start/finish straight.
The DTM has never seen anything like it before. It’s the latest technology combined with pure emotion; after all, ‘grande emozione’ is an important part of Italian motor racing. Alfa’s entry is a new beginning for the nine-year-old series, and few others could play the role of the passionate hero so perfectly.
Everything about the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti, and much more, in our new issue!
6 NEWS & EVENTS
10 INTERNATIONAL EVENTS PREVIEW
22 HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
24 LETTERS / AUTOMOBILSPORT INSIDE
28 HEADLINES FROM 30 YEARS AGO - Compiled by Rainer Braun, presented by Bilstein
32 THE MAN WHO ONCE BATTLED MICHAEL SCHUMACHER - The Eckhard Schimpf column
38 THE DTM’S SAVIOUR
42 THE RED RACER FROM SETTIMO MILANESE - Development of the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti
58 THE MEN BEHIND THE ALFA ROMEO 155 V6 Ti
62 PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES - The seasons 1993 to 1996
72 THE ALFA TAMERS - Every driver from Alboreto to Wilson
80 THE QUICKEST MAN ON WHEELS - Jim Clark
96 THE LION KING - Peugeot 504 – Rally winner in Africa
110 THE HOUR OF REINCARNATION - Interview Niki Lauda — Part 2
116 THE BIG CAT - Jaguar XJR-5 and -7 at the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona
124 BACK ON TRACK - Lotus 69
128 AUCTIONS AND MARKET
142 PREVIEW AUTOMOBILSPORT #17
144 SUBSCRIPTION FORM