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Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

Fiat’s performance devision has released the first details of its new 147kW Fiat 500 race car. Developed by a team of Abarth engineers and designers, the ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ will campaign on race tracks across Europe in 2009.

The Abarth version sports a full racing kit with a wider track, white 17’ special ultralight racing wheels, low ride, sports racing mirrors and a place for a number on the sides.

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse-1Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse-2It also receives a new, more aggressive front end with an aerodynamic chin spoiler, a white winged spoiler, dual exhaust outlets and Abarth branding.

The Abarth heritage is also expressed with a thunderbolt logo on the side representing the brand’s racing image and a red band and four white checkers on the roof, just as on the winning Abarth 850TC version of the 1960s.

Inside the ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ gets the full race-spec roll-cage treatment, sports steering wheel, racing harness and an optimised racing position, shifting the racing seats closer toward the centre of the car.

The ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’ is powered by a 1.4-litre engine which has been boosted by a Garrett GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger developing 147kW at 6500rpm and 300Nm at 3000rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, naturally.

Abarth has also provided a racing outfit for the drivers, including overalls, helmets, gloves and shoes, all branded with the ultra-new ‘Assetto Corse’ logo produced for the limited edition of the car.

© Source: caradvice
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