The new Alfa 4C has recorded a lap time at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife of just 8 minutes 4 seconds, a record-breaking time for cars with engines developing less than 250 hp.

Nordschleife expert Horst von Saurma was at the wheel during the record attempt on 12th September 2013.

Alfa Romeo used the famous circuit as part of its development and testing programme for the new 4C.  The regime also included testing at temperatures of -35 degrees C in Sweden and +40 in Abu Dhabi.

Away from the track, the Alfa 4C can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a 160mph top speed.  Its driver can experience peak deceleration forces of 1.2 g, and lateral acceleration of over 1.1 g.

Power comes from a new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine developing 240 hp at 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm.  Roughly 80% of maximum torque is available from 1,800 rpm.

The engine is mated to an Alfa TCT dual-clutch transmissi0n, with power transferred to the road by specially-developed Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres: 17-inch at the front, 18-inch at the rear, with 18/19-inch as an option.