Visitors to the Goodwood Revival can get a glimpse of one of just 12 rare Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 sportscars, restored to its former glory through a range of modern techniques including Additive Manufacturing (‘3D Printing’). KW Heritage, the arm of K W Special Projects (KWSP) which provides modern engineering and manufacturing solutions to the Heritage market, will be showcasing the vehicle during the 20th anniversary weekend between September 7-9, 2018.
One of just a dozen of its kind manufactured by the Italian brand, the Alfa Romeo Tipo found major success in 1971 at races in Buenos Aires, Sebring and Brands Hatch, going onto gain a faithful following and even starring in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans. However, when the car’s front engine cover suffered from deterioration, causing ignition problems, options for a replacement cover were limited, with parts since obsolete.
Through a range of modern engineering methods, including Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D scanning, KWSP was able to create a digital scan of the engine cover, developing a proof of concept replacement part through additive manufacturing techniques. With key components and interfaces scanned, and the part re-designed and prototyped in just a few days, the Alfa’s engine cover shows how quickly the digital remanufacturing process can take for historic and classic vehicles with parts that have become obsolete. Adhering to the letter and spirit of FIA certification, this effective remanufacturing process has the capability to help resurrect the vehicles of the past.
As visitors to Goodwood feast their eyes on this classic vehicle, KW Heritage will also be demonstrating its 3D scanning capability, with live demonstrations during the festival every few hours.
Edward Smith, head of heritage engineering at KW Heritage, commented: “Obsolescence is a major issue in the classic and historic vehicle market but modern engineering techniques offer a timely and effective solution.
“At KW Heritage, we provide modern engineering and manufacturing solutions to the heritage market, from components through to full vehicles. By working closely with teams, restorers, collectors and vehicle owners, we are helping enthusiasts strike the perfect balance between old and new, with modern engineering techniques keeping the cars of yesteryear on the road for longer.”
The Alfa Romeo Tipo can be found at KW Heritage’s stand in the OTR (Over The Road) area at unit 294.