This is one of the first cars produced already in 1979; Chassis n 008/79.
Central monocoque frame in steel sheet filled with polyurethane, with 2 tubular frames at the front and at the rear for easy replacement in case of impact.
Bodywork was in self-extinguishing polyester.
Suspensions with lower tubular arms and upper rocker arm, the latter, in light alloy, and hub is the same for all 4 suspensions.
Brembo brakes and discs.
The mechanics were derived from the Lancia Beta 2000: Engine, standard, 4-cylinder with double overhead camshaft with 140 Hp, placed transversely behind the cockpit, with free exhaust and 2 Weber double-body carburettors. Oversized oil sump (wet sump).
5-speed gearbox of the Lancia Beta.
Fiat Ritmo radiator.
Steering box of the Fiat 131.
Shock absorbers of SE010 (SP quattrofari).
Weight 530 Kg
Car completely revised by Gabriele Terzi after the last event.
He can race in Formula Fiat Abarth (FIA FA/2a) in the IR period of the 5th group.
Last event: Historic Abarth Day 2014 at the Franciacorta ring (BS)
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The championship was conceived by the CSAI as this, acting as a preparatory category to the Formula 3, it had to be particularly economical, the cars had no device that created the ground effect nor any wing appendage.
The first cars were presented at the Monza racetrack the Saturday before the 1979 Italian Grand Prix in the presence of Jody Scheckter, on Sunday morning one was taken to the track by the test driver Giorgio Pianta. At the presentation it was indicated the production program provided for the construction of 50 cars by the following March; the single-brand championship began in 1980; and continued until 1986.
A single-seater was donated to the weekly Autosprint because it assigned it to the young driver Roberto Ravaglia; but the pilot, launched by this series, and who had better luck was Alessandro Nannini, winner of the second championship of the category, disputed in 1981.