Raw material is everything in the tuning world. Start with the wrong car, and it really doesn’t matter how much genius you bung at its oily bits, the result will always be hampered by the mediocrity of the donor vehicle. Strangely, the same can usually be said of the best metal because improving an already competent package is actually more testing than curing the wrongs of a dog.
And that’s why everyone here has always had great respect for Xtreme Autos. Every time it inserted a screwdriver into a Mitsubishi Evolution engine bay, the result was better than the standard car. And that was already something of a monster.
Now it has turned its hand to something from the opposite end of the capability scale. It’s not difficult to pad around the subjective appeal of Alfa’s 156 GTA – the bared-fist styling, chrome-erotica engine bay and late ‘60s Targa Florio racer noise – and accept one thing. That for all its charm, it’s not a very good car. So think of this as a meeting of two minds: the ultimate test. A technically brilliant tuning outfit taking on a recalcitrant pupil and seeing what can be achieved.