Abarth, cette année, a eu le loisir et la passion d’exprimer tout son art et son savoir-faire de préparateur automobile sportive pour les modèles du groupe FIAT. Ces dernières années, on n’avait au mieux que des Fiat 500 et nombreuses déclinaison de la Fiat 500… Alors, c’est cool une Fiat 500 by Abarth… mais bon… on a vite fait le tour. Alors quand, il y a quelques mois on a vu que FIAT allait faire une automobile sur base de la Miata MX-5 de Mazda… on se posait quelques questions. Interrogations qui se levèrent loin quand nous découvrîmes la sublime FIAT 124 spider. Et on rêvais tous sans le dire, on espérait tous sans l’inimaginer. On le savait tous qu’il y aurait quelque chose en 2016 portant le badge Abarth sur et sous le capot de la 124 spider. Salon de Genève 2016, on y est. Et là on découvre Abarth 124 spider en livrée rouge et noire, ou en livrée rouge et blanche ! A ses côté, on découvre Abarth 124 Rally en livrée rouge et jaune ! Ritorna Abarth nel Rally. Abarth is back. Abarth est là !
Comme si la version Abarth de base ne vous suffisait pas, Abarth Racing Team a pensé à développer une déclinaison rallye équipée d’un kit carrosserie, d’un échappement spécifique et de tous les éléments utiles à la compétition tels que phares, crochets, arceaux, harnais, etc.
Abarth 124 rally – Geneva 2016 – Highlights
Abarth Press Conference Highlights – Geneva International Motor Show 2016 – source www.salon-auto.tv
Design de l’Abarth 124 rally
Les passionnés de rallye de la glorieuse époque des années 1970 se souviennent des Fiat 124 Abarth. Le Abarth Racing Team a dévoilé hier lors du Salon de Genève un prototype Abarth 124 baptisé SE139 (SE pour Sport Esperimental), descendante de l’ancienne gloire de rallye, avec la même livrée.
Infine, il codice SE139 del progetto affonda le radici nel cuore pulsante della storia del brand, rifacendosi direttamente a Karl Abarth. La sigla SE sta infatti per « Sports » ed « Experimental », collegamento diretto ai valori Abarth di produzione artigianale e progresso tecnico. Invece, il numero progressivo 139 ricorda che in 67 anni di storia Abarth ha sviluppato in media due progetti da corsa all’anno: un risultato eccezionale che pochi altri produttori automobilistici possono vantare.
Design extérieur de l’Abarth 124 rally
Design intérieur de l’Abarth 124 rally
Moteur de l’Abarth 124 rally
Transformée en propulsion et dotée d’un différentiel autobloquant, elle embarque sous le capot un inédit 1.8L de 300 chevaux.
Sotto il cofano si nasconde il motore 1800 cm3 bialbero turbo a iniezione diretta. Grazie alle diverse mappature selezionabili garantisce una potenza fino a 300 CV a 6500 giri e un’ottimale curva di coppia, elemento fondamentale per permettere al pilota il bilanciamento con sterzo e acceleratore in sovrasterzo. Le prestazioni sono mozzafiato, e le accelerazioni brucianti vengono sottolineate dal sound pieno e coinvolgente. Lo sviluppo è stato pensato per garantire affidabilità e prestazioni anche nelle condizioni estreme tipiche dei rally: ghiaccio, terra, polvere, acqua, alte temperature.
Anche la trasmissione è stata sviluppata per esaltare le prestazioni: il motore è infatti accoppiato a un rapido cambio sequenziale a 6 marce con shift paddles e la motricità è garantita anche dal differenziale autobloccante meccanico.
L’automobile Abarth 124 rally est propulsée par un bloc 1,8 litre de près de 300 ch. Le moteur a été placé derrière le train avant afin que la répartition des masses soit davantage portée vers l’arrière. Le centre de gravité a également été abaissé. Michelin a été désigné comme partenaire technique pour le développement des pneus.
Abarth 124 rally & Abarth Racing Team
Abart revient en rallye après avoir développé les récentes Punto S2000 et 500 Abarth R3. La 124 rally répond à la réglementation FIA R-GT, qui avait débuté l’an passé via la Coupe FIA R-GT.
The 2015 FIA R-GT Cup was the first edition of the FIA rally cup for GT cars in Group R-GT. The cup was contested over 5 tarmac rounds from the World and European rally championships.
La nuova Abarth 124 rally
‘Left 4 cut, 30 caution jump, right 5 left 3 close, 100, right 2 don’t cut… » This is the route to challenge yourself, to beat the laws of physics, to write a story made of courage and passion…’
- Abarth Racing Team
Along with the Abarth 124 spider, the first prototype of the 124 rally also has a surprise début. For the first time, the road car and the racing car have been developed and unveiled together.
The new Abarth 124 rally is a combination of pure technology and performance born from the experience of the Abarth Racing Team to bring back the Scorpion to the most glorious and demanding rally tracks, from the sticky sunburnt tarmac to the more slippery ice surfaces.
Forty years after its last official race, the 1976 Monte Carlo Rally, the Abarth 124 Rally is back with the same mission: to test road cars’ technical solutions under extreme conditions and to guarantee all Abarth customers excellent performance and maximum reliability. It is dedicated to all those who share the brand’s sense of challenge and racing world values.
Under the hood, it fits the 1800 cm3 « bialbero » turbocharged direct injection engine. Thanks to the different selectable mappings, it provides power up to 300 HP at 6500 rpm and optimum torque curve, a key element to allow the driver steering and acceleration balance while oversteering. Performance is breath-taking; acceleration is scorching and marked with full, riveting sound. The project was developed to ensure reliability and performance, even in the extreme conditions typical of rallies: ice, dirt, dust, water, heat.
Even the transmission was designed to enhance performance: the engine is coupled to a quick 6-speed sequential gearbox with shift paddles and traction is assured by the mechanical limited slip differential.
Racing, for Abarth, is not only adrenaline, but also testing grounds to experiment with solutions that guarantee performance and excitement. To enhance the 124 rally’s competitiveness, the Abarth Racing Team’s engineers have worked with precise objectives: first of all, weight reduction and overall balance. For this reason, the engine is mounted behind the front axle; for the cockpit and the engine compartment, light, resistant materials were used, while the soft top was replaced by a fixed composite hard top. With these features, weight distribution leans slightly towards the rear axle, ensuring maximum traction even in low grip conditions. The centre of gravity was further lowered as compared to the road car to the advantage of road grip and straightforward performance.
The new Abarth 124 spider was born light and agile, and the rally edition was further refined to star in competitions. Homologation in the FIA R-GT category has required structural reinforcements to guarantee even greater stress resistance and the highest safety standards for the crew, and the body now has a safety roll cage. The whole design has been engineered for maximum efficiency and ergonomics, to ensure driver and co-driver not only superior performance, but also attention to every minute detail, such as the arrangement of interior controls and available space in the cockpit.
Rally cars undergo extreme stress; this is why the superb mechanical layout of the standard production car has been further developed: the high front-end double wishbone suspension and multi-link rear suspension have specific kinematic features with metal joints for maximum steering precision, ample control on corners, greater excursion for handling different road surfaces and adjustable dampers settings guarantee always superior grip in every situation.
In conclusion the project code, SE139, has a great deal of history that goes back directly to Karl Abarth. The SE stands for ‘Sports’ and ‘Esperimental’, a direct link to the Abarth values of craftsmanship and Technical Upgrade. While the 139 progressive number exemplifies that in 67 years of history, Abarth has managed to develop an average of two racing projects per year. A great accomplishment that only a few other car manufactures can be proud of.
A great team to bring back Abarth on the rally stage
Team Abarth has worked very hard to select best in class technical partners and sponsors. Among these, Petronas Selenia that has always been at the forefront in developing technologically advanced and high performance lubricants and it has contributed in the engine development. While Adler Pelzer Group was greatly involved in making crafting composite components for the car and Michelin is the technical partner for tires development.
The Abarth 124 rally project is also a great showcase for a number of Italian companies which have been involved in racing for many years. As is the case for Sabelt, one of the most well-known brand in motorsport, which contributes with its bucket-seats, seatbelts and other safety equipment, and also for Kappa, the leading sportswear brand worn by the entire ‘Abarth Squadra Corse’. For what concerns the mechanics of the car, LM Gianetti, a company born some 40 years ago and witnessed the development of the first Abarth 124 Rally, has closely worked with Abarth’s Technical Team to reengineer completely the bodywork and the suspensions scheme. Whilst, EXT SHOX has contributed with its specific know-how in the development of 4-way adjustable dampers used for the first time in a Rally car.
BMC has supported the team in developing the air-intake system of the car, which it is crucial to allow constant and reliable engine performance. The lightweight, but at the same time robust racing wheels, have been developed and crafted by OZ, the legend in motorsport. In conclusion, as for the road-going model, Alcantara has completely revamped the interior of the car starting from the dashboard to the seats trimming, with 100% « Made in Italy » technology contributing to saving weight and reduce sun reflections towards the interior of the car, allowing no interferences for the driver enhancing the driver grip on the steering wheel.
The team has worked with great passion to revamp a rally icon as the Abarth 124 rally, a rear wheel drive transmission is synonym of great fun for the drivers, but also for the public. Surely, people will queue up to see pass by the new 124 Abarth rally and see it powerslide, which have become very rare today. The new 124 rally developed with the best of technology available today, contributes to bring back sweet memories from the past of rallying in the 70’s were competitions were more engaging and gathering massive crowds.
After the Geneva MotorShow unveiling, Abarth opens the pre-booking phase to prepare your début in the 2017 rally season.
Abarth 124 spider
Source et images :
Abarth Racing Team