If you’re at all familiar with the Alfa Romeo name, it’s more than likely that at some point you have noticed the green four-leaf clover on its cars. While you might dismiss it as just a pretty addition for stylistic points, or perhaps homage to Irish descent somewhere in Alfa’s history, you’d be mistaken. The green cloverleaf, or Quadrifoglio Verde in Italian, has a fascinating story behind it that all true Alfa fans pride themselves on knowing.
Alfa Romeo is synonymous with the racetrack, and always has been. You can, in fact, date its racing history back to the beginning of racing history itself. The Targa Florio is widely believed to be the oldest race ever organised, back in1906. Ugo Sivocci, Alfa’s race car driver at that time, had the somewhat unfortunate habit of coming in second every time, and whether out of desperation or divine intervention, in the 1923 race he painted a green four leaf clover onto his ruby red Alfa Romeo RL. And wouldn’t you know it, he came in first. And not only that, but for the next 5 years in a row, Alfa Romeo cars bearing the quadrifoglio verde won every race they were in. Alfas branded with the QV also went on to win the first ever F1 championship, and countless touring titles. There certainly seemed to be some kind of luck behind it, so certain cars were gifted with the ‘QV’ title, just as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV is today.
If you’re looking to get some of this luck in your life, you couldn’t do better than getting your hands on the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. Not only will it echo racing history of the past, but it also affords you a family car that looks and acts like a sporty little Italian racer, something you’re only going to get from Alfa. The turbocharged 1750 TBi petrol engine gives 173 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque when in Dynamic mode, and can reach 100 km/h in a mere 6.8 seconds. Yet, the Giulietta QV has a 5-star safety rating from the EuroNCAP. This truly is a race car you can drive the kids to school in…and you can’t get much luckier than that.