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A Japanese Enthusiast’s Journey: Ordering the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

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TEXT: 武田公実(TAKEDA Hiromi)  PHOTO: Stellantis N.V.

  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide
  • Mr. Uchino with 33 Stradale, limited to 33 units worldwide

The Japanese enthusiast who ordered an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale supercar, which shook Alfa Romeo enthusiasts and supercar fans worldwide on 30 August 2023 with the release of official photos, an overview, and a video called “World Premiere”, has been named after the iconic car. Only 33 units will be produced worldwide in honor of its iconic name. The number of happy enthusiasts who can own the supercar, the second coming of the legendary Alfa Tipo 33/2 Stradale super sports car, is therefore extremely limited. The fact that there is at least one Japanese Alfista among these happy enthusiasts has now been revealed.

Head of the group of craftsmen who support the Japanese automobile industry

The new “33 Stradale” is a full-body homage to the classic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Stradale of yesteryear, a self-cover, so to speak. The Japanese enthusiast who has recently been revealed as one of the 33 passionate owners of this magnificent supercar is Noriaki Uchino, President of Uchino Seisakusho Co Ltd, a manufacturer specializing in the prototype machining of precision gears.

Founded in 1927, Uchino Seisakusho is a manufacturer that processes and manufactures precision gears used in racing machines that compete in the world’s most prestigious races, including F1, WEC, and MotoGP, as well as in the prototype cars of most Japanese automobile manufacturers. In particular, the company’s achievements in the second phase of Honda F1 in the 1980s and 1990s have become legendary in the motorsport world.

As the head of such a group of “artisans”, President Uchino is said to have made a significant contribution to the career development of Uchino Manufacturing in the automobile industry. The 33 Stradale, which is a perfect example of his aesthetic eye, will feature an exclusive program that will allow the owner of 33 orders to choose not only the interior and exterior materials and colors but also the powertrain. Firstly, there will be two powertrain options, comprising a petrol engine version and a BEV version.

The petrol engine model is powered by a V6 3.0-litre twin-turbo with a maximum output of 620 hp, a top speed of 333 km/h, and 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 3 seconds. The other battery EV model is claimed to have a maximum system output of 750 hp or more and an estimated range of up to 450 km (WLTP standard values). Of these, Mr Uchino selected the former. The gasoline V6 twin-turbo version was selected by Mr. Uchino.

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