Alfa 155 V6 Ti body by Carson 68977 TV SpielFilm

Model
Tamiya Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI, model number 58128, offered for sale in 1993 and available on the market until 1996
Lexan body
TA-02 chassis

Bodyk analysis
The starting point for this rywork with main sponsor TV SpielFilm complete with four autographs:

– Michele Alboreto on the driver’s side roof towards the rear,
– Nicola Larini on the passenger-side bonnet near the windscreen,
– Stefano Modena on the passenger-side roof towards the front,
– Cristian Danner on the driver’s side bonnet almost on the corner.

To date (2024) Tamiya has never released for sale an Alfa Romeo 155 in the 1/10 scale RC family with main sponsor TV Spielfilrm dark orange tending to red, this is a special version of the Tamiya body marketed for the European market by Carson, code number 68977; Carson uses the Tamiya body and runs special versions by developing special sticker sets. This version is derived from Tamiya’s 58128 model.

Excluding Larini’s signature, the others can be read and seen perfectly. The pictures above show the comparison between the official driver cards and the signatures on the body, the signatures are very similar and look authentic. The following pictures are part of the online offer: the body is dark orange almost red and is intact even after 30 years of the drivers’ signatures, the main sponsors on the sides are missing. The only signature that is not clearly legible is that of Larini.
Any racing enthusiast knows the history of Alfa Romeo, which in 1993 went to compete with the German marques (among all the Mercedes champions in 1992 against Opel – Audi – BMW) at home by accepting the challenge to race in the DTM, the acronym stands for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.

In the four years that Alfa Romeo has raced in the DTM it has always achieved incredible results, including winning the drivers’ title with Nicola Larini and the constructors’ title in its first year of participation.
The technical characteristics of this car have changed over the years and there have been at least two engine evolutions; some salient technical data of the car are:

– Engine: 6-cylinder 60° V-cylinder for the years 1993-1994-1995, which became 90° in the year 1996. Displacement of 2500 cm3 with central epicyclic viscous all-wheel drive with 33% front and 67% rear axle split, mechanical self-locking differentials on the front and rear axles. With introduction of the new 90° engine Alfa 155 wins 6 heats in a row. Total engine weight 110 kg for the first version, dropping to just over 95 kg for the second version. The engines are freely designed respecting the measurements of the bank angles of the standard engines; the first version derives from the measurements of the V6 installed in the Montreal, while the second version derives from the measurements of the V6 in the Lancia Thema.
The new unit is developed because it has the advantage of a simplified crankshaft structure: in the 60° V version there is only one connecting rod pin per cylinder while in the 90° V version each crank pin has two connecting rods side by side so the crankshaft is simpler, lighter and 7 cm shorter.

Maximum power is initially 420 hp at 11,800 rpm, rising to 494…500 hp at 11,500 rpm according to specification with maximum torque of over 320 Nm
– Transmission: electro-actuated sequential 6M + RM with a top speed of 200…300 km/h depending on gear ratios
– Performance: 0-100 km/h in 2.8 sec.
– Clutch: carbon triple disc
– Brakes: front diameter 380 mm and rear diameter 330 mm
– Body: aluminium-carbon-titanium composite materials
– Wheels: OZ 18″ rims, Pirelli 245/64.5 18 tyres
– Weight: 1,040…1,050 kg empty without driver

The Alfa Romeo team is headed by Giorgio Pianta and the technical part is entrusted to engineers Sergio Limone and Pino D’Agostino. After being a racing driver, Giorgio Pianta embarked on a career as a sports director; his greatest achievements were at Alfa Romeo, where he won in the touring car category in the German DTM, the English BTCC, the Spanish CET and, of course, the Italian Touring Car Championship.
Limone had previously been at Lancia and had participated in the development of the Lancia LC2 that had performed well in the prototype championship; Lancia 037, Lancia Delta S4, Delta 4WD and Delta Integrale that had won everything in rallying. Pino D’Agostino, who mainly followed engine development, came to Ferrari and played an active role in the design of the cars that won everything in the early 2000s.

This is the palmares of the Alfa 155 in the DTM;
– 1993 is the debut year; 12 wins out of 20 heats of which 10 are won by Larini and 2 won by Nannini to which must be added a success each for Danner and Larini in the Donington round that had no value for the championship.
Larini was crowned champion with 261 points against Asch’s 206 in the AMG-Mercedes 190E and Alfa Romeo won the marque title. Mercedes was the defending champion.
Legend has it that the Germans did not take kindly to Alfa Romeo’s superiority revealed in its debut year and that the second year they sent the updated regulations written in German only, just to make it understandable and clear to an Italian how to develop the car.
– 1994 is the year in which the use of electronics was introduced which gave a lot of reliability problems on the car causing several retirements; 11 victories out of 20 heats of which 4 won by Larini, 4 won by Nannini, 2 won by Modena, 1 won by Nissen to which must be added the success of Nannini at Donington. By now these cars have a technical complexity at the level of the Formula 1s of those years.

– 1995; 5 wins out of 23 heats of which 2 won by Bartels, 2 won by Danner, 1 won by Larini,
– 1996 the championship changes its name from DTM to ITC the acronym corresponds to International Touring Car Championship: 10 wins out of 26 heats of which 7 won by Nannini, 2 won by Larini, 1 won by Tarquini

Total victories for Alfa Romeo amounted to 38 out of 89 races run, no other car boasts similar results. In 1993, 1994 and 1996 Alfa 155 is the car that wins the most races during the year. Surely by making better use of teamwork Alfa Romeo could have won more titles, but Giorgio Pianta’s philosophy was to let his drivers drive freely without having a declared first driver.

After the commitment in tourism, the cars were entrusted to private racing teams that used this vehicle in the Italian CIVM hillclimb races, where Alfa 155 won many races over the years, breaking all records. Such as the number of races won consecutively, which totaled 33 between 1996 and 1998 with driver Antonino La Vecchia at the helm. The Alfa 155 was entrusted to the stable of La Vecchia’s father, who ran it for three years, winning two overall championships and one in the CIVM class.

Analysis of the model to be restored

Having bought the body, it was necessary to find the right chassis to give it a wedding and the choice fell on a well-maintained TA-02 chassis. This is the track version that the previous owner probably obtained by putting together parts from different cars in an attempt to obtain a practically new chassis.

The gearboxes, shock absorbers, motor and rims also show no signs of wear.
The front bumper is the correct track bumper and not a rally bumper. It is not possible to trace which model of the TA-02 family it belongs to.

This chassis is to be modified by installing Hop Up set number 47479, which includes the FRP double frame, front tower for FRP shocks, rear tower for FRP shocks and all parts to complete the conversion from a plastic tub to a fibre frame.

This set is complete and allows you to completely transform the aesthetics of the machine. Below are pictures of the instructions.

Chassis Restoration
Sequence of pictures showing the steps in which the chassis is disassembled by separating the front and rear differential from the central plastic tub. In place of the plastic tub, the FRP double-plate chassis will be installed.

Overhaul the two gearboxes:

– open the two boxes,
– check the gears,
– replace all plastic bushings or bushings with ball bearings,
– close the gearboxes,
– assemble the suspension arms,
– assemble the hubs and
– also for the hubs, replace all plastic bushings or bushings with ball bearings.

All parts look new as they show no wear or special marks. The previous owner put together parts from different models and in fact when assembling the chassis there are plastic bushings, bushings and bearings. For homogeneity, ball bearings were inserted to replace the plastic bushings and bushings.
Now we can proceed by installing the front and rear FRP shock absorber towers. In this way the motor – transmission – rear suspension assembly and the steering – transmission – front suspension assembly take shape.

The FRP frame is very simple to construct and also includes the complex double-lever steering system.

Now you can install the rear assembly to the frame and then complete the operation by installing the front assembly.

Now it remains to install electronics consisting of a receiver, electronic speed control and steering servo complete with its servo guard. The rims and wheels are new. The rims are the version of model 58189 Alfa 155 V6 TI with main sponsor Martini, which is actually fitted with the TA03F chassis. These white rims are the ones actually used by Alfa TV Spielfilm which have as code 50678 (they are identified as “Tom’s Exiv JTCC wheels” 2 pcs., in 2024 they are available as code 10440087 “Wheels 2 pcs. for Citroen Xsara”) and the tyres chosen are slicks.

To improve performance, four shock absorbers, part number 58155, have been installed; each package includes two high-performance metal shock absorbers. These shock absorbers replace the standard black plastic ones.

Installation on the chassis is very easy as the standard shock absorbers are the same size as the high-performance metal ones.

Rear suspension torsion bar set is avalilable as number 53189 ‘4WD touring and rally car rear stabiliser set for TA02 chassis’. The set consists of only a few parts (picture left) and the construction of the bar is very simple.

Installation on the model involves installing the plate on the rear differential housing.

Installation manual for rear stabiliser bar for TA02 chassis:

– install the two 4 mm diameter ball joints (highlighted in red in the first image) on the right and left lower arm of the rear suspension,
– assemble the torsion bar (see image number two in the top left corner),
– construct the two torsion bar arms. Each arm is made by assembling two 4 mm diameter plastic ball-head pins (highlighted in blue in image number 3) with the 12 mm long threaded screw (highlighted in green in image number 3) and
– join the two arms to the torsion bar and rear suspension.

Body restoration
There is nothing to restore in the body, just wipe off dust.
To date (2024) Tamiya has released these models over the years:

– Alfa Romeo main sponsor with Alfa red body with chassis TA-02 model number 58128,
– main sponsor Martini Racing with white coloured body available with chassis TA-03F model number 58189,
– main sponsor Bosch with light grey coloured body with chassis TL-01 model number 58195,
– main sponsor Jagermeister with orange coloured body with chassis TT-02 model number 58585 and
– main sponsor Martini Racing with white coloured body available with chassis TT-02 model number 58606,

There are two different bodys for the Alfa 155 V6 TI: the first body was used on the red Alfa Romeo and the Jagermeister model and the second body was used on the Alfa Martini and Bosch model. In the image below are excerpts from the body instructions: on the left the first version and on the right the second version. In racing on fast tracks, the biggest problem for Alfa Romeo is poor aerodynamic penetration, which penalises top speed, so Alfa Romeo evolved the body to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the Alfa 155, which is basically a comfortable middle-class saloon that struggles to compete against coupes like the Opel Calibra that have better aerodynamics and lower ground clearance.
The two bodies differ in:

– the shape of the front pillar of the front side windows on the driver’s side and the passenger side (see brown arrow in the second picture on the right). In the second version there is a deflector which has an aerodynamic function to improve the Alfa 155’s penetration coefficient; top speed was one of the points where it lost out to the low Mercedes 190 EVOII and then to the Opel Calibra which was a coupe with better aerodynamics,
– the shape of the rear-view mirrors (highlighted in red in both the picture on the right and the picture on the left),

– the shape of the lower air intake on the front bumper (highlighted with an orange arrow both in the picture on the right and in the picture on the left) and the small air intake under the logo on the front (highlighted in dark red both in the picture on the right and in the picture on the left)
– the shape of the engine exhausts on the rear bumper which are only present in the second version (double purple arrow on the right in the picture) and
– the shape of the rear spoiler (see the two blue boxes in both the image on the right and the image on the left).

Restored model
Images showing the finished model.

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