The car was designed with the goal of creating a track-ready yet road-legal car with everyday practicality in mind.
The front of the car was influenced by the Formula One technology which incorporates a front wing with a low-slung design and an integrated wing on the buttress. These features create a massive downforce, which improves aerodynamic drag efficiency and handling.
Due to the integrated front wing, the car was given really thin headlamps which were infamously called clown eyes.
The windshield of the car was inspired by the 1950s and 1960s classic Alfa Romeo racing cars.
The doors had a unique opening mechanism which was originally developed for the BMW Nazca C2 concept. This mechanism incorporated a conventional outwardly opening bottom half of the door with the upper part of the door opening in a gull-wing arrangement. The gull-wing mechanism was electronically operated to improve practicality and ease of access.
The windows of the car could be removed easily, which converted the car to a Targa top style convertible.
To allow easy access to the mechanical components of the car, the large engine cover and the rear wing were made into a single carbon-fiber piece.
The engine cover opened in two steps, the first step allows the user to refuel the car, the second step allows access to the internal mechanical components.
Thin taillights were joined by a third brake light which was integrated into the rear wing. This was done to make it road legal.
Technical Specifications of the Alfa Romeo Scighera
The Alfa Romeo Scighera is based on the mass-produced Alfa Romeo 164. It features an all-aluminum body except for the single-piece carbon fiber rear engine panel combined with the rear wing.
The frame is made out of aluminum and carbon fiber composite materials.
The engine used to power the car is an Alfa Romeo 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. A six-speed sequential manual gearbox was then mated to the engine.
The maximum output of the car was rated at 400 horsepower at 7500rpm, and maximum torque of 327 lb-ft.
Many cars of the day featured a rear-wheel-drive layout. The Alfa Romeo Schigera came with an all-wheel-drive layout to improve handling and power distribution. The all-wheel-drive setup was derived from the Alfa Romeo 155.
The Alfa Romeo Scighera is a fast car even by today’s standards.
This car can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds. The top speed was 186mph.
Italdesign intended to enter the Alfa Romeo Scighera into track racing. They built a racing variant of the car with a stripped-down interior and creature comforts to make it lighter. They were interested in producing the Schigera and its track variant on a small scale, but nothing came out of it.