|Founded||April 15, 1949 in Turin|
|Founder(s)||Karl (Carlo) Abarth|
John Elkann (President)|
Harald J. Wester (CEO)
|Parent||Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.|
In the 1960s, Abarth & C. S.r.l was quite successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing, mainly in classes from 850cc up to 2000cc, competing with Porsche 904 and Ferrari Dino. Hans Herrmann was a factory driver from 1962 until 1965, winning the 500km Nürburgring in 1963 with Teddy Pilette
Later, Johann Abt, who would later go on to found Abt Sportsline, was promised by Carlo Abarth that he could drive a factory car for free if he won all the races he entered—which Abt nearly did, winning 29 of 30, the 30th being in second.
Along with its racing cars, Abarth produced high-performance exhaust pipes. Later, Abarth diversified in producing various tuning kits for road vehicles, mainly for Fiat. While there were many competitors in this segment, such as Giannini, Abarth has largely dominated the Italian tuning market since the sixties. Abarth was also associated in producing sports or racing cars with Porsche and Simca.
Abarth was sold to Fiat on July 31, 1971, and the racing team sold to Enzo Osella. Abarth became the racing department of Fiat, managed by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi. Some models built by Fiat or its subsidiaries Lancia and Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, the most famous being the Autobianchi A112 Abarth, probably the most popular "boy racer" vehicle of its time on account of its lightness and low price. Abarth also prepared Fiat Group's rally cars like Fiat 124 Abarth and 131 Abarth. In the 80s Abarth name was mainly used to mark performance Fiats like Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC. The name was almost forgotten in 1990s and in 2000s it was used like a trim/model level on FIAT cars, like the FIAT Stilo Abarth.
In 2007 Fiat Automobiles SpA relaunched the brand with the Grande Punto Abarth and the Grande Punto Abarth S2000. The brand is to be seen as a separate division to the main Fiat brand in a similar way that the Renault Sport brand is to the mainstream Renault. It is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant. The company CEO is Harald Wester.
After years of sports competing on the continent, competition organisers announced the launch of a new Abarth 500 GB series for 2010. The competition was to represent a new high profile sponsored race series, which was staged at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on 3–5 April 2010. Building on the success of its namesake Italian and European series, the GB competition brought together a plethora of driver-talent from across the UK. The GB series was developed by the competitors for the competitors; by the sponsors for the sponsors, and by the fans for the fans. All Abarth Assetto Corse (limited edition) cars are built in Turin, Italy, and are checked to the highest standards. They are also subject to a shakedown and test at the Fiat Group proving ground in Balocco.
Abarth cars Edit
Current models Edit
|Abarth Punto Evo||Abarth 500||Abarth 500C|
Cars produced by Abarth include the following models Edit
- Fiat 500 Abarth
- Fiat Abarth 750 
- Abarth 1000 TC (Fiat 600 Abarth)
- Abarth 1100 Scorpione Spider (Boano)
- Abarth 1500 Biposto
- Abarth Simca 2000 - coupé
- Abarth 204A Berlinetta
- Abarth 205A Berlinetta
- Alfa Romeo Abarth 2000 Coupe
- Abarth 207A Spyder
- Porsche 356B Carrera GTL Abarth
- Abarth Simca 1300 GT
- Fiat Abarth 850 TC Berlina
- Fiat Abarth OT1000
- Fiat Abarth OT1600
- Fiat Abarth OT2000 Coupe
- Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 Record Monza
- Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 Record Monza Bialbero
- Fiat Abarth Allemano 750 Spider
- Fiat Abarth 1000TCR Berlina
- Autobianchi A112 Abarth
- Fiat Abarth 595 SS
- Fiat Abarth 695 SS
- Abarth OT 1300
- Abarth Monomille
- Abarth 695SS
- Fiat Ritmo 125 TC Abarth
- Fiat Ritmo 130 TC Abarth
- Fiat 124 Abarth Rally
- Fiat 131 Abarth Rally
Cars not produced by Abarth but with Abarth badges include the following models Edit
- Fiat Bravo GT/HGT (Abarth)
- Fiat Stilo (Abarth)
- Fiat Punto (Abarth)
- Fiat Cinquecento Sporting (Abarth)
- Fiat Seicento Sporting (Abarth)
New cars produced under Abarth & C. S.p.A. (2007— ) Edit
- Abarth 500
- Abarth 500 SS
- Assetto Corsa Rally
- 695 Tributo Ferrari
- Abarth Grande Punto (2007)
- Abarth Grande Punto SS (2007)
- Abarth Punto Evo
- Abarth 500C
Cars produced by other manufacturers with involvement from Abarth Edit
- Lancia Delta S4 for Group B-Helped to engineer the engine which utilised a supercharger and turbocharger.
Cars produced under Fiat Corse - N Technology named Abarth Edit
- Fiat Punto Abarth (rally version only)
- Fiat Cinquecento 900 Trofeo kitcar (teams had to build up their own rallycar from Fiat N Technology derived Abarth racingparts)
- Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Rally car
- Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 Rally car
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Abarth wants 100 dealers in Europe". autonews.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
- ↑ "Abarth Logo: Design and History". Famouslogos.us. Retrieved on 2011-07-28.
- ↑ "1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupé". Rickcarey.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved on 2011-07-28.
- ↑ "Abarth". histomobile.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Abarth's new premises in Turin from duemotori.it (Feb 18, 2008)
- ↑ "Nominato il nuovo CEO di Abarth" (in Italian).
- ↑ "The Abarth Monomille". scuderialafortuna.blogspot.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Authentic USA-Spec Abarth: 1958 Fiat 750 Retrieved on 2 April 2011
- Official Abarth site
- Official Abarth Facebook Page
- Abarth diecast miniatures
- Abarth at the Open Directory Project
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