This Alfa Romeo GT Junior restomod isn’t what it seems


Now that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been postponed due to coronavirus, we’re beginning to see a few online reveals of what could have (and may still) make the run up the Goodwood hillclimb.

One such debut is Totem Automobili’s latest project, a restomodded Alfa Romeo GT Junior built sometime between 1970 and 1975.

Usually restomods consist of bringing a car back from the brink of a rusty death and imparting some modern touches like a more powerful engine or a nicer interior. They don’t often go as far as this, a full electric conversion, new chassis and a carbon fibre body.

The new electric motor makes a huge 368kW/940Nm, enough to send the GT Electric to 100kmh in just 3.4 seconds.

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The new electric motor makes a huge 368kW/940Nm, enough to send the GT Electric to 100kmh in just 3.4 seconds.

Starting with the new powertrain, Totem has swapped the the combustion inline-four out for a 368kW/940Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Paired with a 50.4kWh battery, the car should be good for around 320km of range.

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That power increase is quite sizeable, with Totem claiming the original, unspecified engine made 143kW. We’re not so sure that’s accurate but we’ll take it at face value.

The body is made from carbon fibre and the chassis uses just 10 per cent of the original.

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The body is made from carbon fibre and the chassis uses just 10 per cent of the original.

Anyway, the GT Junior received a 90 per cent new aluminium chassis to accommodate the extra output. According to Totem, it used just ten per cent of the original chassis in the EV. The new platform is stiffer and lighter than the original and, paired with a predominantly carbon fibre body, should still be quite light, despite the addition of a battery.

On that, Totem says its battery pack is one of the lightest available, weighing in at around 350kg. In any case, performance is hardly lacking, with the 0-100kmh time a claimed 3.4 seconds.

Helping handling is a new set of Macpherson struts up front, with Bilstein Clubsport coilovers. The company also offers an optional air suspension setup. At the back is a new rear subframe that holds the electric motor with a new aluminium, multi-link suspension.

Totem Automobili has converted an Alfa Romeo GT Junior to use a fully electric powertrain. And it didn't just stop at the powertrain.

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Totem Automobili has converted an Alfa Romeo GT Junior to use a fully electric powertrain. And it didn’t just stop at the powertrain.

Totem has tweaked the styling of the GT Junior slightly, bringing the bonnet in flush with the body and rearranging the headlights.

The Alfa shield in the grille is now open in the centre, compared to the original which had bars through it. Additionally, there are forged 17-inch wheels with an array of circular openings in the style of the GTAm race car.

No price has been mentioned yet but we’d expect the GT Electric  to be made in small numbers and cost a pretty penny.