Old race cars are interesting things. Some of them we love for their bizarre attempts at innovation. Some of them we love because of their stylistic beauty. Some of them we love because of who drove them. All of them we love because of what they represent. In this video clip we see a 1938 Alfa Romeo 308C make its amazing brand of noise as it is ripped up the hill at Goodwood.
This is a wild, sideways, and on the edge run made by driver Julian Majzub. It is the closest thing you will ever see to a 1930s Grand Prix race in modern times. The car made enough horsepower to spin their tires at speed, they were on tiny little tires that barely gripped the road so they were constantly sideways, and in the case of this car, they had glorious sounding engines.
The mill in this particular car is a 295hp, Roots-blown, inline eight cylinder engine. The horsepower may not be all that impressive but the torque is where the party starts and the way that this car can just boil the tires at will means that the torque number coming out of this engine is diesel-esque.
The final thing that makes us smile here is the fact that this relic of racing’s past actually turns a time that places it well ahead of many cars decades and decades its junior. History at full throttle!