Alfa Romeo UK and UK Athletics have devised a challenge to see which would win in a race around London, man or machine.
Years ago Top gear came up a similar challenge in which they pitted an Alfa 159 against a man in a race. But that time the man had to cross a muddy lake instead of London! Also featured on Top Gear was a race between a man, a marathon runner, and Jeremy in a car across London in the rush hour. So it’s a mixture of both.
The man in this challenge is the former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, Iwan Thomas and the machine, an Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.3 JTDM-285 bhp. The challenge is a 3.8-mile race around central London’s city streets, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge.
The car was driven by two of Britain’s brightest World Championship medal contenders; European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles Champion Andy Turner took the driver’s seat, with ‘pinpoint’ navigational assistance from World and European Long Jump medallist Chris Tomlinson.
Alfa is not telling you who has won, but they will be releasing a series of films on their Facebook page throughout the domestic season and invite athletics fans to guess the winner:
Viewers of the films who successfully guess the winner, Man or MiTo, will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive Alfa Romeo bike worth over £550. The Alfa Romeo Stradale Touring mountain bike is exclusively designed by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile in Italy, and manufactured by luxury Italian bike maker Compagnia Ducale. Featuring Alfa Romeo branding, including the iconic Cloverleaf badge – which adorns all high performance Alfa Romeos – the Alfa bike has everything you would expect from the famous marque; style, design and technology.