To continue the success of the 6C 1500 Super Sport and 6C 1750 Grand Sport, Alfa Romeo built new 8C-2300 model in 1931, designed by Vittorio Jano and powered by eight cylinder engine with the same features as the 6C models. This 2336 cc engine was mounted on both the short and long wheel-base chassis, including Alfa’a P3 Grand Prix car. Alfa Romeo entered for 1931 Targa Florio two brand new 2300, 8-cylinder racecars equipped with bucket seats, a cylindrical exposed fuel tank and two spare wheels on the back, for Tazio Nuvolari and Luigi Arcangeli. Nuvolari dominated and won the race, while Arcangeli had to give up after three laps due to an injury, when a stone hit his left eye. His face was covered with mud and his car was then taken over by Goffredo Zehender who did not at all enjoy driving without mudguards. Zehender finally was able to finish in 6th place. Two weeks later Arcangeli died during practice for the Italian GP when he crashed his Alfa at Curva del Vialone.
|1931||Grand Prix||Targa Florio|
|Luigi Arcangeli / Goffredo Zehender||18||S.A. Alfa Romeo|
|1:43||Brian Phipps / Conversion|