Interactive exibition

Showing the past using the language of the present

Gian Luigi Bernini

The museum is intended to represent a cultural event as well as an interesting  exhibition for fond people. Therefore it will be interactive enabling the visitor to access  three level of information  by mean of a handheld computer, as follows:

Component on show:
Alfa Romeo 158 engine

Visitors physically inspect the original component on show

  • FIRST LEVEL: By mean of pictures or videos of that time,  the mechanism will be explained showing the sport cars related to first fittings and tests. ( I.E.  the aileron firstly  applied  on CHAPARRAL and FERRARI F1).

ALFETTA Alfa Romeo 159



  • SECOND LEVEL Reasons inspiring the innovation  will be explained by engineers by mean of a video-recorded interview. Furthermore they will quantify the car performance improvement and other benefits, like i.e. the shorter braking space achieved by fitting disk brake instead  of drum one.


  • THIRD  LEVEL – Information available at the highest level may  not interest standard visitors, but could be essential to whom are willing  to get scientifically deeper on that  topic, like i.e. students. Further links will but the visitor in touch with university,  factories,  or dedicated press

Motore Alfa Romeo 158:
sezione trasversale, caratteristiche


Exhibit areas

The museum is divided in several areas relevant to automotive components. It will  display in interactive way, those items which represent a milestone in Racing Car technology development.

Single seater and two seater car chassis will be  exhibited. Starting from traditional chassis made of steel profiles, it will range  through  lattice frameworks, light alloy monocoque till  metal - matrix composite and carbon  fibre one.


The body is designed on purpose of aerodynamic law. This concept drive the choices of coachwork to be displayed, unlike traditional museums where the car design is felt as a fashion style setting.
Visitors shall notice the aerodynamic  innovation introduced during years, like i.e. the CX (aerodynamic drag) effect, car wings and ground effect.



Several suspension system utilized by racing cars are to be taken into consideration according to elasticity, the damping, the suspended and not suspended inertial  masses. As well, relevant mechanism and measures taken on purpose of grip,  road holding and tyre performance.


Wheel and Tyre
They are basic elements for road holding and cornering. During the time thy developed greatly  in regard to shape, tread, compound, and carcass, often conditioned by formula and racing rules.


Brake system
Further  fundamental part for racing car performance is the brake system.
In this area they will be displayed the traditional drum brake then the innovative disk brake firstly adopted by Jaguar on 1953.
The brake system development to be shown, concerns the disk design and material till from cast iron till actual carbon fibre, the braking pads friction material, fixed and floating callipers, the brake refrigeration system.


Engine and related system
This sector  is the core of the museum and the most rich in items deserving to be displayed. In fact, beside mechanical development itself, formulas rules have been continuously introducing new displacement, max. cylinder number, natural and supercharged intake and others..
The search and purchase of engines, related systems and construction of parts no longer existing, will be the main job of museum fitting.

Fuel and lubrificant
Since fifties petrol companies made their best in order to adequate their product to enhanced engine performances, especially  to face knocking due to higher  compression ratio. The same as far as lubricants is concerned.

Gearbox and transmission
Visitors will find in this area how engineer’s talent  challenged  power transmission, in front, rear  and four wheels drive. Shift lever and automatic control systems. As well as clutches and differential systems.

Ancillary equipment
This section concerns equipment like, cooling, carburettors & feeding, ignition, and electronic control system. This last one represents the ultimate great steps having deeply changed both  the engine, the car and the drive.

Car manufactoring tecnique
Visitors shall be educated on traditional manufacturing techniques as well as actual ones relevant to coachwork, chassis  engines and other components. The exhibition concerns the construction materials as well, namely aluminium sheet, glass fibre  and carbon fibre; light alloy die casting, titanium casting and  welding, till the ultimate rapid prototyping.

From race to road and viceversa
This area is relevant to racing  car solution which where then applied to road cars. In fact racing team have represented something like a research & development department for testing innovation prior to adopt them on series models.