Racing made our name. So when we decided to return to the racetrack, it had to be in a showstopper of a car: the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, a super sports car that takes up the racing baton from the legendary Abarth 595. Not only that, it’s been designed with low running costs in mind, perfectly in keeping with our proud tradition of opening up racing to enthusiasts everywhere. This is a race-ready car with features designed to power it to the finish line: a 16-valve, 1.4 litre engine with 190bhp, Brembo brakes and 17” OZ forged aluminium wheels. Inside, it’s stripped out and equiped for safety.

This year the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse will be seen on track; competing in The Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy 2011. Again the Abarth dealers will be involved with, amongst others, Abarth Slough; Thames Abarth, Abarth Northants; Rockingham Cars, Abarth York; S.G.Petch and Abarth London.

Racing is in the Abarth DNA… it’s in Abarth’s blood. Carlo Abarth was indeed and engineer but also a competitor; he was a successful motorcycle racer and tuner before turning to four-wheels and creating iconic racing cars such as the original Fiat 500 that Abarth tuned and fitted his exhausts and purpose designed racing cars that set many speed and endurance records around the famous Monza banking – many fitted with Abarth tuned Fiat engines – 600, 750, 850 and 1000cc. The Abarth 500 AC is the latest in a long line of small but incredibly fast cars; and you can trace the ‘blood-line’ all the way back to the 1950s and 60s… a direct descendant to the Fiat Abarth 595 SS Corsa.

Abarth 500 AC Racing Car Specifications:

ENGINE:
4 cylinders in line with 4 valves per cylinder, 1368cm3.
Power output: 190bhp (140kW) at 5750rpm.
Maximum torque of 300Nm at 3000rpm.
Garrett GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger.

TRANSMISSION:
M32 6-speed gearbox.

SUSPENSION SYSTEM:
Front: MacPherson.
Rear: interlinked arms.

STEERING:
Electric power steering.

BRAKES:
Brembo front discs.
Rear brake discs.

BODY:
Rear spoiler and front bumper splitter.

CHASSIS:
Roll cage welded into the body.

WHEELS:
7 x 17” rims.

WEIGHT:
930kg.

fiat abarth 595-695The Assetto Corse story: Fiat Automobiles needed a mini-car to replace their Fiat 500 Topolino… first the Fiat5 500 and then the Fiat Abarth 695; launched July 4, 1957, the new 500 is the starting point of the remarkable Fiat – Abarth story. Powered by a twin air-cooled 479 developing 16.5 horsepower which a top speed of 85 kph. Carlo Abarth soon changed things with a ‘kit’ of pistons, conrods, crankshaft, cam and modified Abarth exhausts in 1958 as the first Fiat 500 conversion kit from Abarth. With an extra 19 horsepower gained from extra tuning it set a series of records around Monza between 13th and 20th February 1959 – the drivers were Remo Cattini, Marino Guarnieri Corrado Manfredini and took turns for seven days to cover 18,186 miles the average 108.252 kph! That same year, Abarth made a record car designed by Pininfarina and built as an aluminum bodied prototype that weighed only 368 kg. He beat 23 international records, including 2000 km at an average of 153.319 kph. It was 1963 when the Fiat Abarth 595 (derived from the Fiat 500), was launched in November 1963 at the Salon of Turin. Fiat Abarth 695 SS: In 1964, the 595 EsseEsse SS is the 32 horsepower model with a top speed of 130 kph… soon follows the Assetto Corsa only for competition. Abarth was at the Motor Show in Geneva 1964 with the 695 which heralded over a decade of motor racing success and record breaking with some of the most innovative and desirable cars ever made – such as the Berlinetta and Zagato models. The modern variant is the Abarth Tributo Ferrari 695 – available from all Abarth Dealers