Abarth, Fiat’s performance car division, has released the first details of the 147 kW Fiat 500 that it will campaign on race tracks across Europe in 2009.
The latest version of Fiat’s award-winning, hot selling small car, designed by the Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre and produced by a team of Abarth Engineers and Designers will be the star of track races from next year and its creation confirms Abarth’s plans to return to race track the new 500.
The Assetto Corse version of the petite 500 Abarth takes up the baton from its forerunner, the ‘595’ that notched up numerous successes and great victories from 1963 and led to the coining of the de scri ption ‘small but deadly’.
The cars sports a full racing kit: wide track, white 17’ special ultralight racing wheels, low ride, sports racing mirrors and a place for a number on the sides. Available in pastel grey with red Abarth side stripes, the ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ reveals an assertive front end that houses a badge bearing the Abarth logo and, below this, wide bumpers complete with an aerodynamic spoiler and screen-printed grilles to replace the plastic louvres on the standard production version. In addition to the classic bonnet clips, the bonnet houses two carbon air intakes bearing the Abarth scorpion logo.
The rear part of the car features a white winged spoiler, a badge bearing the Abarth logo and a twin exhaust pipe.
The Abarth identity is expressed to the full with a thunderbolt logo on the side representing the brand’s racing image and a red band and four white chequers on the roof, just as on the winning Abarth 850TC version of the 1960s.
Inside, the ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ is equipped with a roll-bar type-approved for racing that is completely hollow to make the car lighter and faster. The car weighs approximately 180 kg less than the road version. The anatomical seats, the steering wheel (special for racing) and the carbon door panels make the 500 Abarth Assetto Corse a real baby sports car with a indomitable character all of its own .
Abarth has also thoughtfully provided a clothing set for the driver, that will be delivered in an original Abarth-branded leather bag. Owners of the ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ will therefore be resplendent in overalls, helmets, gloves and shoes, all meticulously branded with the ultra-new ‘Assetto Corse’ logo produced for the limited edition of the car.
||4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc.|
|Power output: 200 KW (147 KW) at 6500 rpm.|
|Peak torque 300 Nm at 3000 rpm.|
|Garrett GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger.|
|Special reinforced water and air sleeves.|
M32 6-speed gearbox
McPherson layout at front, special racing shock absorbers,
|coaxial spring with nut for adjusting height of car.|
inter-connected arms, special racing shock absorbers,
|springs with nut for adjusting height of car.|
Electric power steering with racing tuning
Brembo radial front calliper with four pistons M4X40.
|• Perforated, self-ventilating front brake disc, ø 305 mm x 28 mm.|
|• Rear calliper with ø 36 mm piston.|
|• Rear brake disc, ø 264 mm x 11 mm.|
|• High-performance Racing brake pads.|
|Rear spoiler and front bumper splitter.|
||Reinforced cage structure, welded to the bodyshell.|
|Lightened interiors, Sabelt Racing safety setup.|
|Optimised driving position, shifted towards the centre of the car. |
||Painted, forged aluminium wheels, 7” x 17”.|
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