||Full carbon fiber monocoque, with Kevlar reinforcements. Full ground effects|
||Carbon fiber and Kevlar.|
||Pull-rod front, push-rod rear.|
||Hewland DG300 5 speed Manual. Brembo brakes outboard.|
||Ferrari, Buick, Oldsmobile, Mazda and Ford.|
It was the Italian word for dawn, and Alba Engineering was formed by Giorgio Stirano when he departed from Osella. The former engineer brought his experience to bear on the problem of designing a small prototype that would exploit the weight limit, while retaining structural rigidity. The car was the first carbon fiber composite GTP racing car. The AR2 was born. Gianpiero Moretti was the First driver to run an Alba, which was renamed Momo, for some obvious reasons. It was renamed Alba in 1985, and powered by a 3,9L engine, but it would run the GTP class, while the new Lights category was to be launched. It was a AR3 model, which would be later sold to Ira Young, and a Mazda powerplant took over the Ford. It was also rechristened as an AR4. Tom Rust Racing would purchase and race the car in 1989. Ludwig Heimrath Jr would campaign another Ford powered car in 1985 too, with some good results.
Italian industrialist Martino Finotto had ordered the AR2 model, which was the first model of the series. He and friend Carlo Facetti would campaign another car, which was fitted with a 1,8L turbo Carma engine, by the end of the 1984 season. The cars would run a pair of seasons, with Ferrari power. Two AR5 models were built, which used a Chevrolet and Oldsmobile engine. The Rocketsports team had plans to use a Quad four powered car for 1989, but the project was dropped. Gaston Andrey would run the Finotto operation, which got his attention. The new car was fitted with a Ferrari powerplant, which was very powerful. The 1987 season saw the Spice Fieros take over the competition, and the Albas were less competitive. The AR6 Ferrari proved to be better, however, for 1988, as it took three of the early IMSA rounds. The car had been built from a tub and sported side-mounted radiators which necessitated nose and tail extensions. Wind tunnel tests Led to improvements. A miscoring at West Palm abruptly ended Martino Finotto's hope for the title. He would withdraw from the series right away. The cars were no longer to be seen much more. Two other attempts at GTP were held by private teams : the AR8 Buick entered by John Kalagian, which was beautifully sorted, but underpowered. Another new car would appear : the AR9. Giorgio Stirano had left the fray, but he would put his hands at this last project. Buick powered, it was meant to allow an Italian crew to contest the final rounds of the 1989 season. The De Blasi team entered the car, driven by a pletora of Italian drivers, but it was not to be a threat to the top teams. It was a very strong car, according to Roger Andrey, but parts were the problem, too, as they were ordered from Italy. By 1990 and 1991, no more Alba was to be regularly seen. Bieri Racing would again campaign AR2/AR6 hybrid cars in 1992-1993, but it had Ford power by then. In 1993, the cars were loosely converted to WSC, but with no success.