Archive for September, 2009

Abarth 500 European Trophy: Emanuele Moncini wins the championship

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By winning the last two races on the circuit of Imola, Italian Emanuele Moncini won the Abarth 500 Selenia – European Trophy, beating fellow countryman Manuel Villa by a whisker. Villa was leading the standings prior to the last round. Only three points separates the two drivers at the end of the 12-round championship, the last of which was livened up by the fight between the two Italians, Moncini prevailing in the enthralling duel. Frenchman Benoît Perret finished third. The finishing order reflects the hierarchy of the championship as the transalpine driver takes third in the trophy.

Abarth 500 European Trophy: Emanuele Moncini wins the championship

Abarth 500 European Trophy: Emanuele Moncini wins the championship

At Imola, Moncini won Race 1 ahead of Manuel Villa and Alex Campani, the latter posting the fastest lap time which earned him pole position for Race 2.

Smoking hot fast pace imposed by the front runners characterised this last race, as well as the head-to-head battle between Moncini and Villa. At the start, Villa immediately tailed Alex Campani, who started from pole position. Moncini stayed behind and then made attempts to climb up the leaderboard in the first lap. In the second lap, Campani went off track, handing first place over to Villa. The two leaders in the standings were initiating a long battle. Meanwhile, further back down the field, Jorge Rodrigues was duelling with Simone Monforte for fifth place. Perret, then lying fourth, was a spectator of the battle for the lead, without being able to worry Matteo Milani. The retirement of this one handed third place over to the transalpine, allowing him to conclude the season on the podium.

Final Abarth 500 European Trophy race at Imola

Final Abarth 500 European Trophy race at Imola

To be pointed out is the fine performance of championship participants Erika and Simone Monforte, the youngest drivers to take part in all the rounds of this continental series with the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse.

Open until the end, the 12-leg championship was spread over six rounds at Valencia (Spain), Brno (Czech Republic), Porto (Portugal), Brands Hatch (England), Oschersleben (Germany), drawing to a close at Imola in Italy. The return of Abarth to European competition has been a success, with many young drivers from different countries of the old continent entering the events held in six nations.

The show is due to be repeated next year. The Abarth 500 Selenia Trophy and the Abarth 500 Selenia-European Trophy will be organised again in 2010 in accordance with procedure to be determined in the coming weeks.

Like this year, there will be a national and an international series, which will still feature the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, a high-performance car that has proved highly competitive on the demanding circuits it has raced on, thanks to the 190bhp delivered by its 1400cc turbo engine.

Final Abarth 500 European Trophy race at Imola

Final Abarth 500 European Trophy race at Imola

Race 1 classification:
1. Emanuele Moncini (I) 9 laps in 19min48.807s – average speed 133,09 kph;
2. Manuel Villa ITA + 3.695s;
3. Alex Campani ITA + 4.163s;
4. Jorge Rodrigues POR + 8.551s;
5. Benoit Perret FRA +10.267s;
6. Simone Monforte ITA +23.960s;
7. Matteo Milani ITA + 32”.047s;
8. Massimiliano Baraldi ITA at 1 lap.

Fasted lap by Alex Campani in 2min10.857s – average speed 135.05 kph.

Race 2 classification:
1. Emanuele Moncini (I), 9 laps in 19min56.229s – average speed 132.27 kph;
2. Manuel Villa (I) + 1.664s;
3. Benoît Perret (F) + 8.444s;
4. Jorge Rodrigues (P) + 15.398s;
5. Simone Monforte (I) + 20.581s;
6. Paolo Debe (I) + 32.179s;
7. Gabriele Larini (I) + 51.122s;
8. Erika Monforte (I) + 1min03.288s;
9. Luca Cassol (I) + 2min16.312s

Fastest lap by Emanuele Moncini, 2min11.129s – average speed 134.77 kph.

Abarth 500 Selenia – European Trophy final standings:
1. Emanuele Moncini (I) 156 points;
2. Manuel Villa (I) 153;
3. Benoît Perret (F) 143;
4. Jorge Rodrigues (P) 131;
5. Simone Monforte (I) 102;
6. Erika Monforte (I) 47;
8. Alex Campani (I) 44;
9. Lucas Guerrero (E) and Freddy Nordström (S) 43.


The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” makes its world debut at Frankfurt. This new performance version of the Abarth 500 confirms the link between Abarth and Ferrari based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style.

The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari"

The Abarth 695 'Tributo Ferrari'

Abarth and Ferrari are two great names that have contributed, with conviction and dedication, to the legend of Italian racing that is known around the world. The legendary men behind both marques followed very similar careers: first drivers, then tuners and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing. These extraordinary men were associated in the past: in 1953, for example, a unique Ferrari-Abarth was born, the Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth. The car raced in various international trophies including the legendary Mille Miglia. The tie between the two companies has been reinforced above all by the exhaust systems designed by Abarth specifically for the cars built at Maranello: numerous exhaust systems have been made for various Ferrari models, some of which have won World Championship titles.

The two brands have recently renewed their collaboration. The first result of this was the supply of a limited and numbered series of Abarth 500’s to Ferrari’s European dealers in recent months for use as “courtesy cars”.

Now, attention turns to the new Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”, an exclusive vehicle that not only enables Abarth to extend its range by entering into the luxury sports car market, but also offers Ferrari customers a small but exciting small car for all their mobility needs, including practical urban mobility.

The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari"

The Abarth 695 'Tributo Ferrari'

The new Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” is distinguished by a number of stylistic changes, but more importantly by substantial modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers. The engine, for a start, is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to develop over 180 HP. This is combined with an MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshift that makes full use of the engine’s performance by reducing gearshift times.

To improve acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17” alloy wheels featuring a design inspired by Ferrari wheels. The suspension and braking systems have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: 284 mm multi-section discs with fixed four-piston calipers, both by Brembo, and special shock absorbers let you enjoy performance in total safety.

And of course there is a “Record Monza” variable back-pressure “dual mode” exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound over 3,000 rpm.

'Record Monza' variable back-pressure 'dual mode' exhaust

On the outside, the car is finished in Scuderia Red, with carbon fibre door mirrors and with details like the wheels and rear air intakes in Racing Grey. This new Abarth is equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. Made by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, these elements deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamp headlights.

The interiors are also personalised and demonstrate the attention to detail and the sporting style that are common to both brands. “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” seats are fitted and finished in black leather with a shell and seat base in carbon fibre. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics – light weight (10 kg less than the standard seat) and the ability hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support elements filled with crush-resistant foam – with the ergonomics and comfort of road seats.

The black leather steering wheel is characterised by red leather inserts and a tricolour hub on which the MTA gearshift paddles are mounted, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger, and inspired by typical Ferrari instrumentation. Attention to detail has gone into the floor too: the foot wells are covered entirely in non-slip aluminium and the racing pedals are personalised with the Scorpion logo. The interior is embellished with other details too, like special kick plates and a plate bearing the vehicle series number.

Technical specifications – Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

Engine

  • 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc
  • Power output: over 180 HP at 5,750 rpm
  • Peak torque 230 Nm at 3,300 rpm.
  • Turbocharged with fixed geometry Garrett 1446 turbocharger.

Transmission

  • 5-speed C510 gearbox

Suspension

  • Front: MacPherson struts with anti-roll bar
  • Rear: wheels interconnected through a torsion beam with anti-roll bar
  • Lowered sports setup with special shock absorbers

Steering system

  • Electric power steering with SPORT setting

Brakes

  • Brembo fixed front calipers with 4 x ø 36/40 mm pistons
  • Self-ventilated, multi-section front discs, diameter 285 x 28 mm
  • Floating rear calipers with single ø 34 mm pistons
  • 240 mm diameter x 11 mm rear discs
  • HP 1000 high performance front brake pads

Wheels

  • Special Abarth Style 7″x17″ ET 35 wheels
  • 205/40 ZR17 tyres

Ecology

  • Complies with Euro 5 EEC-F5 standard
  • CO2 emissions 155 g/km

Performance

  • Top speed – 225 km/h
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h in under 7 seconds

Abarth “Record Monza” exhaust systems

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Abarth and Magneti Marelli engineers have developed a range of exhaust systems designated “Record Monza”. “Record Monza” exhausts are variable back-pressure systems capable of improving the performance and the sound of the engine and making it more characteristically “Abarth”.

Abarth “Record Monza” exhaust systems for Abarth 500

Abarth “Record Monza” exhaust systems for Abarth 500

These thoroughly innovative exhausts also embody one of the most authentic traditions of the Scorpion marque. Thanks to the racing experience and genius of Karl Abarth, the 1960’s saw the introduction of the famous Abarth performance kits whose key feature was an exhaust based on a simple but clever idea: these exhausts featured a central pipe of constant section with side passages through the fibreglass, and the elimination of all diaphragms to minimise exhaust gas compression. This simple but innovative system gave Abarth exhausts a clear advantage in terms of performance, and an unmistakable sound. In only a few years Abarth & C. achieved a global dimension: in 1962 the company’s staff of 375 people produced 257,000 exhausts, 65% of which were destined for export.

Faithful to this history, Abarth is offering the new range of “Record Monza” exhausts, with variable back pressure ‘dual mode’ design that improves the sound of the engine above 3000 rpm.

“Record Monza” exhausts can be mounted on the Abarth 500 , the Abarth Grande Punto, and on petrol versions of the Fiat 500, and come in a matt black finish, with chromed tail pipes sporting the Abarth logo in relief.

Update: UK price has been set at £759.87+VAT (£873.85 inc 15% VAT).


The Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Modifying material with the force of passion. This philosophy, which is close to the Yamaha and Scorpion brands, has inspired the creation of a unique Concept Bike, on which ideas of exclusiveness and beauty add value to the standard product.

Yamaha and Abarth are currently examining the possibility of transforming the concept into reality by giving life to the Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse in a special limited series.

The Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

The Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

The FZ1 which, at 150 HP is the most powerful naked 1000 on the market, has been embellished with parts in carbon fibre, aluminium and titanium, fully adjustable suspensions, monobloc brake calipers and a Brembo variable radial master cylinder, aeronautical braided hoses, and two 320-mm, SK profile, floating wave type front discs.

The special edition also boasts Ohlins suspensions, Marchesini gold anodised wheels derived from MotoGP racing and a Two Tone microfibre anatomic seat.

Thanks to materials and technical solutions that have been experimented on circuits all over the world, the FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse takes the riding experience to a higher level.


The Powershore Abarth SP (Sport Prototype)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Abarth makes its entry into powerboat racing with its first “Powershore” boat, designed in typical Abarth style and with the sort of performance you would expect from the marque of the Scorpion.

Abarth has taken the Strider 12S built by SACS and transformed it into the Powershore Abarth SP (Sport Prototype), a maxi rib inspired by the world of powerboat racing and powered by three special edition Yamaha engines.

The Powershore Abarth SP (Sport Prototype)

The Powershore Abarth SP (Sport Prototype)

Propelled by over 1000 horsepower, and specially prepared for this exclusive version, the boat offers thrilling acceleration and speed and can deliver on the water the same emotions that a racing car or bike can on the land.

The design, by Christian Grande and the Fiat Group’s Centro Stile, is even more aggressive than the already stunning standard version. Special graphics combine with elements in pure racing style to enhance every aspect of the “Powershore”, from the deck to the cabin, driving seats, stowage compartments, controls and instrumentation.

The “Powershore Abarth SP” is a true expression not only of luxury and exclusiveness, but also of performance and power, to be enjoyed in complete safety and with great ease thanks to the boat’s stability and its tubular buoyancy compartments.

The new boat is offered as a “factory” product, prepared with special components in true Abarth style to allow enthusiasts to own a unique and totally uncompromising machine.

Technical specifications

Overall length: 12.30 m
Overall beam: 3.64 m
Draft at screws: 0.7 m
Fuel tank capacity: 900 l
Water tank capacity: 120 l
Sewage tank capacity: 51 l
Displacement with engines: approx. 5.7 t
Sleeps: 2 people