Alfa Romeo was a monster of post-war racing on land, successful quite a lot of what we would now take into account Formulation 1 races with the Alfetta 158/159 powered by a really small-displacement, supercharged straight-eight engine. This automobile was monumentally profitable by the hands of drivers like Juan Manual Fangio and Nino Farina. However, much less well-known to us automobile fanatics, this engine (and different motorsports engines from the corporate) additionally had very profitable careers on the water. The Arno II, seen above, was powered by an Alfa 158 engine (and is parked subsequent to its Grand Prix automobile relative). All instructed, the boats on this exhibit racked up 11 world information, six world championships, and quite a lot of European and Italian championships.

Alfa Romeo developed marine engines and supported race efforts for many years, beginning within the 1920s and trickling out within the 1980s. In that roughly 80-year interval, the corporate powered quite a lot of exceptional speedboats and hydroplanes. Quite a few the later ones used engines modified by the corporate’s Autodelta racing wing—just like the Popoli-Alfa Romeo hydroplane, which used a Tipo 33 engine from the famed racer (and lovely stradale road model), which set a document in its class that also stands.

All speedboats of this era are typically stunning, however the Italians have a manner of including extra magnificence to their autos within the pursuit of aggressive excellence. Most of the boats, even the extra workmanlike amongst them, have beautiful particulars, daring coloring, and naturally a spread of Alfa engines that in all probability sounded unbelievable being ripped wide-open over a race course. All of those boats shall be accessible to view on the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy—not that many people shall be touring quickly, particularly internationally. That stated, benefit from the photographs of those unbelievable racers that embody the aggressive spirit of Alfa Romeo in an surprising type.