01.03.2016

Racing


 

Races are a fundamental part of the Abarth DNA. Accessible enrolment and management costs attract an increasing number of competitors year after year. Many drivers are very young and the races are a real opportunity for them to make a name for themselves and be noted in the car racing world. There is more: this year for the first time vintage models will be competing for the Abarth Cup Classics.
The 2016 racing season will be even more intense with the reconfirmation of the Abarth Trophy with Abarth 500 Assetto Corse and Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and the Formula 4 championships in Italy and Germany. This will be the eighth racing season for Abarth 500 in an international championship bringing together drivers from many different countries.

 

The 2016 Abarth Trophy will count seven events, the first of which will be staged on May 1 on the Monza Race Track, in Italy. The spectacular challenge will continue on May 29 in Imola (Bologna), on June 12 in Misano Adriatico (Rimini) and on July 3 in Magione (Perugia). After crossing the border into Austria on July 24, to reach the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg bei Knittelfeld, the competition will return to Vallelunga (Rome) on September 11before reaching its climax in Mugello (Florence) on October 16.

 

The Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth will also consist of seven events of three races each. The races will kick off on April 10 in Misano Adriatico (Rimini) and end on October 16 in Adria (Rovigo). The ADAC Abarth F4 Championship, consisting of eight events with three races each, will start on April 17 on the Oschersleben circuit and end on October 2 in Hockenheim.

 

During the past season, Formula 4 was the opportunity for many very young drivers coming from the world of karting to show their talent on the race track. International presence is very high in both championships. No fewer than 19 different countries are represented in the Italian championship to further confirm the success of a formula enthusiastically endorsed by the International Automobile Federation and supported by ACI Sport and ADAC, which has chosen Abarth as partner for this exciting adventure.

 

Given the outstanding success experienced in Italy and Germany, Abarth has decided to support the second edition of the F4 Championship in Germany again this year and to reconfirm its involvement in the Italian Championship as sponsor and official engine supplier. The 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine with 160 HP, derived from the one fitted on the street-legal 595 and used on the Abarth cars competing in the Abarth Trophies, will be equipping all the cars made by the Italian manufacturer Tatuus again this year. In 2015, forty very young drivers competed in the German Championship and thirty competed in the Italian one.

 

Innovation cannot depart from tradition for Abarth and this is why the brand has chosen to expand its horizons to the vintage sector by organising the Coppa Abarth Classiche in 2016. With five events in Italy - three hillclimbing races and two track races -, the Coppa Abarth Classiche will be the chance for all vintage Abarth cars to start competing again in a championship with a dedicated jackpot and a number of collateral events during the events. It is another tangible way to pay homage to the Scorpion brand's history of performance, racing and records and is part of the ambitious "Abarth Classiche" initiative.

 

From the technical point of view, the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse in 2016 can also be fitted with the new pneumatically-actuated Evoluzione Sequential gearbox with shift paddles. The kit also includes important functions which increase the technical level and the performance appreciated by the drivers even further, like launch control and speed limiter for setting the pit lane entrance speed.
Racing customers can also pick a specific kit, with a larger fuel tank and changes to the ride needed to compensate for the shift in weight distribution, for competing in endurance competitions.

 

 


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