With the debut of the Abarth 124 Spider at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show today comes the unveiling of the Abarth 124 Rally. The new racecar represents Fiat and Abarth’s return to the world of rallying after the original Abarth 124 Rally competed in its last race in 1976.
Powering the Abarth 124 Rally is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which provides a maximum output of 300 horsepower at 6,500 RPM. The engine sends power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed sequential gearbox with shift paddles and a mechanical limited-slip differential is also present.
Outside the biggest change is the addition of a hardtop roof, which was of course mandatory for both safety and structural reasons. There’s also dual rally lights up front and lightweight OZ wheels, which were developed by the racing wheel manufacturer specifically for the Abarth 124 Rally.
The cabin features Sabelt bucket seats and seatbelts, Alcantara appointments and the prominent use of lightweight materials. The weight reduction, along with the location of the engine behind the front axle, means weight distribution leans slightly towards the rear axle, which ensures maximum traction in low grip conditions.
The new Abarth 124 Rally has been homologated to race in the FIA’s R-GT Cup. The vehicle is now available to order for race teams looking to contest the R-GT season in 2017, however pricing has not yet been announced.