Fiat-owned racing tuner Abarth has introduced a new, race-ready version of the Abarth 500. Based on the new Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 R3T will be used as the principal car in a promotional rally slated for 2010.
Group R3T is the class for touring car racing with vehicles using turbocharged engines under 1.6-liters. Translation: do not expect this car to be street legal. Minimum unladen weight for these vehicles is fixed at 1080 kilograms, which engineers accomplished.
This version of the Abarth 500 uses a "Garret GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger" bolted to a 1.4-liter engine. The two combine for a maximum output of 180 horsepower. Mated to the engine is a six-speed sequential gearbox with a twin plate clutch and self-locking differential. The new suspension may be adjusted to fit "each driver's individual driving style."
17-inch multi-spoke OZ rims were also added. Brembo disc brakes have also installed, with ventilated discs up front. Six-point safety belts and a welded roll-bar help keep driver and navigator safe.
A schedule for the Abarth 500 R3T rally will be released in the next few weeks.