In honor of Giuseppe Busso

Alfa Romeo V6 by Busso

Alfa Romeo V6 by Busso

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).

Giuseppe Busso

Giuseppe Busso

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.

More about Busso in this article, written shortly after his death for Italiaspeed.com by James Granger. And more about the V6 engine on Wikipedia.

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:

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One thought on “In honor of Giuseppe Busso

  1. Quest’anno la mia GTV 6c.2.0 Turbo compirà 20 anni . l’Alfa è sempre l’Alfa , diceva il mio papà
    Acquistata nel Marzo 1996 , la GTV “sangue di bue”, due litri 6 cilindri a V di 60° sovralimentato da 202 cavalli, un asse a camme in testa per bancata e due valvole per cilindro, sospensioni anteriori indipendenti a triangolo alto (schema Mc-Pherson) , quelle posteriori su telaio ausiliario in alluminio autosterzante a cinque bracci multipli (schema Multilink) . A 20 anni dall’acquisto è ancora bellissima, silenziosa, scattante, dalla tenuta di strada eccezionale e dalla musica soave del 6 cilindri.
    Nel guidarla , sento forte il legame con le mie Alfa del passato , il GT junior Bertone rosso corsa del 1971, la Spider 2000 Pininfarina nera del 1983, la nuova Giulietta TI argento del 1985 non solo per il motore, il “cuore sportivo”, brioso, pronto nella risposta e sempre disponibile . Non solo nella tenuta di strada neutra, precisa, grazie alla nuova sospensione, che non fa assolutamente rimpiangere la trazione sulle ruote posteriori delle Alfa di Vittorio Jano e di Orazio Satta Puliga.

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