Today exactly 100 years ago Giuseppe Busso was born in Turin. Busso started his career in 1937 at Fiat’s technical aeronautical engine department (Ufficio Tecnico Motori Aviazione or UTMA). Later he transfered to the technical experimental locomotive railway office (Ufficio Tecnico Autoveicoli Ferroviari Sperimentali or UTAFS). In January 1939, Busso moved to Alfa Romeo to work in the special projects office (Servizio Studi Speciali).
Busso became one of Alfa Romeo’s most important engineers and worked on many projects and with other significant Alfa people like Orazio Satta Puliga and Wilfredo Ricart until his retirement in 1977, with a short interruption after WWII when he was hired by Enzo Ferrari. He contributed to the 1900 series, the Giuliettas, Giulias, 1750s/2000s and Afettas. His last project was the 2.5 litre V6 engine that made its first appearance in the Alfetta GTV6 and the Alfa Sei. This engine, by Alfisti often referred to as ‘the Busso V6’ was, in both senses of the word, a true masterpiece.
Busso passed away January 3rd in 2006, at the age of 92. A remarkable yet sinister fact: his death followed only three days after the very last Busso V6 came off the production line. The engine had been produced for more than a quarter of a centuty.
2004, September 18th, as an homage to this important engineer 76 Alfas in front of the Museo Storico in Arese make themselves heard.
The sound of the Busso engine cannot be described in one word; it is at least glorious, passionate, ferocious, emotional, intimidating, incredible, overwhelming. But why use words? Let’s listen and enjoy the soundtrack of this video from a Hungarian rally team: