Weinert's Alfasud Ti group I
already know Frank Weinert's "streetcar-Alfasud".
Well, it is not his only fast Alfasud. He also owns a group 1 race car based on
an Alfasud Ti 1.5. "I've been infected with the racing virus for a longer
time" Frank said, "but after several races of the Youngtimer
Trophy I watched as a spectator, it broke out in 1999". After ten years with
several Alfasuds Frank had created his own little spare parts stock and so he believed to have everything he needed to built a race car.
So, Frank started the project to built an Alfasud racer. He bought another three
complete Alfasuds he got from Charly
Ludwig and started to work. One car was used as spare parts donator,
the other one was intended to be a reserve for the case of a severe crash. The
third car was transformed into the car you see on the photos of this page. It
took seven months to transform a serial Alfasud into a group 1 race car which
runs in the class for cars with a capacity up to 1600
ccm. Now Frank noticed how many parts were still missing. "I had to learn a lot
during the first season in the year 2000. Several gearbox defects caused a lot
of trouble" (The gearboxes failed during the first race in Zolder and during the
hillrace in Insul). But Frank found the reason: the front suspension setup was
much too soft. At the end of the year he had reached the fifth place in the
class with a capacity up to
1.6 litres. The result of the overall classement was neglectible.
"Thats racing", Frank said. The season 2001 was much better. Frank now
started in the Histo-Cup. Frank managed to be the first in his class at
the Irmscher Rallye Rems-Murr - "the first and last
Rallye with this car, I suffered with my Alfasud". The hillrace at Schirmeck
again lead to the winning of his class - even though he had to start in the same
class with much further improved cars. Having gained a lot of experience, Frank
now also wanted to challenge much newer cars with his Alfasud Ti. He became
second and third during two races on the old US airbase in Bitburg.
His competitors were Peugeot 205 GTIs and Suzuki Swift
GTIs. The Hockenheimring racetrack was also tried and Frank finished on the
second place of his class. At the end of 2001 he had won the second place in the
class under 1.6 litres. He became eighth in the overall classement. "The season
2001 in the Histo-Cup was very successful. Let's hope that next year will
that good, too!", hopes Frank. His resumé: "It was great fun to race an Alfasud
serie III 1.5 Ti group 1".
Frank did not want to tell anything about the technical
data of his Alfasud. The only thing he told was that the suspension was
upgraded with Koni shock absorbers. The engine and the carburettor setup are top
secret, but they accord the group 1 homologation.
Last Update: February, 23rd 2004
Created: February, 23rd 2004
© Text and layout by Tim Rauen. Photos by Frank Weinert
and Motorsportfotos G. Paumann
(the photo with the Jaguar XJS in the background).