Posts Tagged ‘S2000’

Keith Cronin enters privately-run Grande Punto Abarth S2000 in IRC Rally Scotland

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Keith Cronin will be entering a privately-run Grande Punto Abarth S2000 in this weekend’s IRC Rally Scotland.

Keith Cronin's Grande Punto Abarth S2000 during prep

Keith Cronin's Grande Punto Abarth S2000 during prep

The British Rally Champion arrived in Perthshire earlier in the week to conduct testing and reconnaissance of the stages.

Since early in the year, plans were being made to contest Rally Scotland so that the team could test their pace against the regular IRC competitors. The original intention was to contest the event in their regular Mitsubishi. However, as the Cronin Motorsport team intend to contest a number of rounds of the IRC next season, it was decided that having won the British Rally Championship, they should get a taste of S2000 action prior to next year.

It took 10 days to get an acceptable deal put together for the hire of the PROCAR run Abarth Punto. A short testing session in Italy at the end of October was curtailed due to very heavy rainfall, so the crew will welcome another test before having to press into action against the current IRC champion Kris Meeke in his Peugeot, who is the number one seed. Seeded at number two is Guy Wilks, who was British Rally Champion in 2007 & 2008. He will drive a Skoda. Both of these will be very much the pacesetters as they have been competing in S2000 cars all season. Cronin and Shinnors are seeded at number 3 in the Punto, just ahead of Adam Gould who was awarded the BF Goodrich drive in a sister car to Meekes Peugeot.

Cronin welcomes the opportunity to compete at this level but knows that it will be a steep learning curve as the pace in these cars is much faster than the regular Group N cars.

Last weekend he commented “The most important thing for me in Scotland is to get mileage in the car to get used to the different driving style and then build my speed and hopefully set some competitive times.”

See: www.keithcroninrallying.com


2009 Abarth Racing Team programme

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

During the 2009 season, the Abarth Team will be involved in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and in the Italian Rally Championship with four official crews. Giandomenico Basso (with Mitia Dotta) and the young Finn Anton Alén (with Timo Alanne) will take part in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Luca Rossetti and his co-driver Matteo Chiarcossi, who will contest the Italian Rally Championship, will join the IRC team in some occasions – among which the Rallye Monte-Carlo -, as well as the young Umberto Scandola, co-driven by Guido D’Amore.

This line-up for the two championships blends the experience of Basso and Rossetti with the youth of Alén and Scandola.

Abarth Grande Punto S2000

Abarth Grande Punto S2000

The Abarth Grande Punto S2000 will start its fourth racing season and it has been fitted with some new technical features this year. The car has picked up many successes among which one IRC, one European and two Italian titles.

The Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar includes 12 very prestigious events, the Rallye Monte-Carlo being the first of them, while the Italian Rally Championship consists of 10 rounds.

INTERCONTINENTAL RALLY CHALLENGE CALENDAR

21-24 January Rallye Monte-Carlo
05-07 March Rally Internacional de Curitiba (Brazil)
03-04 April Safari Rally (TBC)
07-09 May Sata Rally Azores (Portugal)
18-20 June Ypres Rally (Belgium)
09-11 July Rally Russia
30 July-01 August Rali Vinho da Madeira (Portugal)
21-23 August Rally Zlín (Czech Republic)
10-12 September Rally Príncipe de Asturias (Spain)
24-26 September Sanremo Rally (Italy)
22-24 October Rally Japan
19-21 November Rally of Scotland (Glasgow)

ITALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

08 March Rally del Ciocco
05 April Rally Adriatico
19 April Rally 1000 miglia
10 May Rally Targa Florio
20 June Rally San Marino
12 July Rally San Crispino
30 August Rally del Friuli
13 September Rally Costa Smeralda
27 September Rally Sanremo
23 October Rally Trophy ACI Como


Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth is using the 2008 Bologna Motor Show mainly to show off its new 500 Abarth Trophy (Trofeo Abarth 500), with a 600-square-metre temporary outside structure that showcases the preparation of the 500 Abarth Assetto Corse.

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

The Grande Punto Abarth and 500 Abarth Esseesse models will both be present, and on 11 December, the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 will also make an appearance.

In addition, there’s the usual host of Abarth accessories and merchandise, large-screen configurators for the road-going models, and even a pair of Abarth Powerplay Extreme desktop PCs and the Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse Concept Bike.

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show


The legendary Abarth “Scorpion” returns

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A great project will be launched at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show: the rebirth of one of the most prestigious brands in world motorsports. Its symbol is a scorpion, and its name is Abarth.

Abarth has always been synonymous with assertive cars, competitiveness, passion and excitement, and it now returns with a new range that will appeal to all lovers of motorsports. Abarth’s first interpretation of the Grande Punto will be on the “catwalk” at the Geneva Show, the first step in an initiative which will later involve other models.

This new adventure starts in the familiar, uniquely emotional context and exclusive setting of the Geneva Motor Show. A striking stand has been prepared, in line with the philosophy of Abarth’s rebirth, an innovative space with a fresh, contemporary, technological language and great attention to every detail. The new elements that will publicise the Abarth brand are displayed with all their strong, original personality: the revamped version of the famous Abarth racing stripe has been rendered with LED tiles, while the new logo, the scorpion and the wording are all large, three-dimensional elements in polished, satin-effect aluminium.

The Abarth values and tradition on the other hand are underlined discreetly and technologically: refined materials and precious finishing details in aluminium, carbon fibre, enamel and lacquer decorate the exhibition area, and draw attention to the true stars of the stand: the Grande Punto Abarth S2000, a car that has been type-approved for racing and is proving to be highly successful, and the Grande Punto Abarth Preview, a concept car making its world debut.

These are the two souls of the Abarth world: racing and standard production.

Visitors to the Geneva Show will also have an opportunity to discover a third field in which the brand operates; a multimedia configurator will illustrate the whole concept of the ‘Abarth Kit’, and the flexibility and wide range of combinations that the brand will offer customers in its conversion kits. Some of these solid wooden boxes, inlaid with satin-finished aluminium trims, are on display inside glass cubes, with the historic mechanical and stylistic components from the conversion kits.

And finally, by means of exclusive LED technology and plasma screens, the walls of the stand propose historical photographs and films, alternating them with a reproduction of the new Abarth racing stripe, underlining the fine link between the past and the future, as well as the energy and personality that are inherent in the Abarth brand.

The Grande Punto Abarth Preview

The absolute star of the stand is the Grande Punto Abarth Preview, a true jewel of assertiveness and elegance. The car will be marketed in September, to enhance the sporty, youthful positioning of the Grande Punto.

Grande Punto Abarth Preview

Grande Punto Abarth Preview

The car on show in Geneva is equipped with a 1.4 Turbo petrol engine that delivers 150 bhp at 5500 rpm, boosted to 155 bhp by the adoption of 98 RON petrol. What is more, thanks to a booster kit, a version with twice as much power as the basic version (180 bhp) will soon be available. This is a revival of a tradition from the past: for example, the Fiat 500 of 1958 delivered 13 bhp at 4000 rpm with a top speed of 85 km/h, while the Fiat 500 Abarth of the same year delivered 26 bhp at 5000 rpm and a top speed of 118 km/h.

Grande Punto Abarth Preview

Grande Punto Abarth Preview

The Grande Punto Abarth aims to revive the feats of these entertaining performance cars, offering young drivers in particular an opportunity to enter the racing world in complete safety and at an accessible price.

The Grande Punto Abarth S2000

The public in Geneva will also be able to admire the extraordinary Grande Punto Abarth S2000. This is a racing car designed for racing stables, which the Fiat Racing Department will be entering in the 2007 Italian Rally Championship with Giandomenico Basso and his navigator Mitia Dotta. Davide Gatti, winner of the 2006 Fiat Abarth International Trophy, will compete at the wheel of an official Fiat Grande Punto R3D with a diesel engine.

The Grande Punto Abarth S2000

The Grande Punto Abarth S2000

On the international scene, the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 will compete in the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) with drivers Andrea Navarra, his navigator Guido D’Amore, and young Umberto Scandola and Anton Alen.

The Abarth & C. Spa racing team will be managed by Claudio Berro.

Powered by a 2000 cc aspirated engine that delivers 270 bhp, with 4-wheel drive, the new Grande Punto Abarth S2000 is heir to the version that took the 2006 Italian Rally Championship title with Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi, winning 7 of the 11 races on the programme. Nor must we forget the excellent season of their team-mates Andrea Navarra and Guido D’Amore who took third place. Giandomenico Basso and Mitia Dotta won the European title and the International Rally Challenge.

The Grande Punto Abarth S2000

The Grande Punto Abarth S2000

Since its debut last season, the racing version has proved unbeatable, whatever the type of route or terrain. And we must underline that the 15 cars built so far have been ordered by several racing stables in Europe and elsewhere, to compete in domestic and international rallies. And now, thanks to this technological and competitive superiority, the new Grande Punto Abarth S2000 is ready to compete in these two championships with the same determination and assertiveness.

And finally, as well as a successful car and an outstanding team of drivers, the new Abarth & C. company can also boast a staff with a great deal of experience in motorsports: a total of 113 experts, 26 in the engineering field, 43 on the manufacturing side and 9 dedicated to racing.