Electric mobility brought new life into the “classics” of yore. Totem Automobili is the latest example, with the Italian restorer completely electrifying an Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Júnior.
In place of the “weak” 1.3-liter petrol block, with 90 hp, and 115 Nm of torque, it is now an electric motor of 525 hp and 940 Nm, powered by a 50.4 kWh battery. The result on the road of the “new” GTelectric? A 3.4 second “shot” from 0 to 100 km/hour and a range of around 320 kilometers.
The transalpine preparer stripped the car of all its elements, having used only 10% of the original chassis to fuse it with a new aluminum platform to support the new levels of performance. In terms of safety, a new rolling bar that does not steal interior space and new aluminum bars, replacing the front and rear bumpers, reinforce the rigidity of the entire structure.
The chassis now includes a MacPherson front suspension while at the rear, where the electric motor is installed, a ‘multilink’ system was chosen. The car is equipped with a set of adjustable bi-directional Bilstein shock absorbers, which can be optionally replaced by an air suspension or an electronically controlled suspension.
The body, wholly redesigned but maintaining the profile of the original model, was built in carbon fiber so that the weight of the sports car was as low as possible. The new LED quadrupole headlights pay homage to the 1750 and 2000 models of the Italian brand, opting for round LED taillights instead of the original rectangular ones.
Future owners are given the possibility to customize the car to their liking, starting with the configuration of the driving position with the exact measurements of the driver. The seats and panels are covered with hand-sewn Nappa leather, with the instrument panel holding digital displays and the console with a 3.5-inch infotainment touchscreen in the best “vintage” style.
The new Alfa Romeo GTelectric, for which no base price has been advanced, has seen its debut cut to other calendars due to the postponement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.