To debut the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition in Britain, the company decided to do something that was not only motorsports related, but also tied in with the car’s FIM World Superbike Championship collaboration. Of course, this being FIM and Alfa, the event also had to be spectacular.
So they did a stunt involving the car and a superbike that is the very definition of spectacular.
The idea is that the car and motorcycle speed along the track with the bike just behind the car. When they get to a certain point, the Alfa Romeo MiTo jumps up on two tires and the motorcycle, a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja British Superbike, throttles to catch up and go underneath the tilted Alfa in a bold move appropriately called The Undertaker.
The move, of course, is aptly named for another reason – it’s exceedingly dangerous. The car was driven by precision driver Paul Swift and the motorcycle by legendary British Superbike rider Chris ‘The Stalker’ Walker. It was performed on the Silverstone circuit at the Brooklands corner.
Obviously, you shouldn’t try this at home.
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition will be taking the “limited” part of its name seriously, with only 28 examples to be sold in the United Kingdom. The car debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2012 as a design collaboration between long-time partners FIM World Superbike Championship and Alfa Romeo. It will become the official safety car for the championship as well as a showcase of the two’s seven years working together.
It’s powered by a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir 170 bhp Quadrifoglio Verde engine and has a racing body kit with SBK decals throughout (shown in the photos above). Braking is by Brembo on those 18-inch alloy wheels and the Limited Edition can be had in either a black or red roof.
Inside, the motorsports theme continues with red-stitched Sabelt® Alcantara® sports seats made with carbon fiber backs. The red stitching continues on the steering wheel and gearstick while sports pedals mark the driver’s floor. Each car’s exclusive production number is below the black carbon fiber-look dash.
The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition is priced at £21,595 on the road.
See video of the stunt here:
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