The famed Alfa Romeo BAT series cars were concepts created through a collaboration between Alfa, Italdesign, and Bertone. BAT stands for "Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica", and these vehicles were far more than just stylistic exercises.
They were intended to explore the aerodynamic effects of fins on automobiles, and one of the advantages that emerged was enhanced stability at high speed. The drag coefficient is a still remarkable 0.19 Cd, which is impressive by any standard. Although powered by a modest 90 hp motor, the BATs could do over 125 mph thanks to the advanced aerodynamics.
The BAT 5Õs wild fins design reflected the world's growing obsession with outer space and speed. Classic cars like this were on display at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.
Mechanically based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, the Alfa Romeo Bertone BAT 11 pay artful homage to the fabulous Alfa Romeo BAT cars of the early to mid-1950s. There is a chance this vehicle may see limited production. Exciting cars like this were on display at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.