At the Bologna
Motor Show the wraps have come off a new Abarth-branded single-seater,
fitted with Fiat Powertrain's 180 bhp 1.4 turbo engine, that
will push forward the careers of young driving talent in the ACI-CSAI promoted
series initiative through to 2014.
Abarth’s involvement builds on its
commitment to supporting grassroots motorsports, now
comprising pf the Trofeo Abarth
500 Rally series which will hit the Italian special stages next year
track version of the similar car which has just completed a successful
Abarth is taking over the baton of supporting
the junior formula that started in 2005 with the CSAI’s Project Youth
initiative. It builds on previous Fiat Group grassroots single-seater
championships including Formula Italia and Formula Fiat Abarth which
started drivers such as Michele Alboreto, Riccardo Patrese and
Alessandro Nannini, just to name a few, on a path to a successful career
in Formula 1.
The goals of this new single-seater formula have been set
thanks to the work of Abarth, FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies), Tatuus, which
will build the chassis, and the CSAI. The objectives were to create a formula
with a high standard of safety, cost and content that
will be guaranteed for several years, and with quality
technology that will be a real test for the
young talents of motorsports.
Tatuus has employed a carbon fibre chassis which is fitted with the 1.4 FIRE turbo
engine with 180bhp, the same unit as used in the Trofeo Abarth 500, developed
for the application by Fiat Powertrain Technologies with the transmission, supplied by Sadev, featuring a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The 1.4 turbo engine is produced by the Racing Division of FPT-Fiat Powertrain
Technologies and it has an aluminium dry sump that forms a structural components of
the single-seater. This is an inline 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger
capable of delivering maximum power of 180 bhp at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque
of 250 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Among the specific features of this engine is a two
stage oil recovery pump and a flywheel fitted with a narrow twin disc racing
This engine is fitted to the car developed
by Tatuus that conforms to a new design that has been
created in order to to enhance the qualities of the engine
and ensure the highest standards of safety. The chassis tub
has been built to the same approval
requirements as Formula 3, while the cockpit has been prepared to accept the
neck support. Other safety features include retention cables for the wheels in case of
detachment in a crash, the latest-generation roll-up bar that adheres to strict
standards for height, and finally the car offers maximum resistance in case
of side and vertical impact as well as through the front crash-box.
The unveiling of the Formula Abarth car and details of the project in Bologna builds on a presentation held at
the Monza circuit in October, when prospective entrants were
invited, and alongside the
strong technical package, put together by the ACI/CSAI,
Abarth, Tatuus and FPT
Racing, is an equally strong sports and promotional programme. For its inaugural
season the ACI CSAI Formula Abarth will run over seven double
header rounds with the races set to last 23 minutes plus 1 lap
and as usual it will go hand-in-hand with a mentoring program
provided by ACI-CSAI through the Scuola Federale CSAI Velocità overseen
by Director Cristiano del Balzo and the pilot-instructor Raffaele Giammaria.
With regard to the criteria for admission to the Formula
Abarth championship, the Trofeo
Michele Alboreto will be open to drivers who have reached 15 years of age and
to a maximum 19-years old (born after 31/12/1990, for the
2010 edition), while for
drivers born after 31/12/1990 and up to a maximum of 23-years old (born after
01/01/1987) they will compete in the Trofeo Nazionale CSAI.
On the promotional front, the final prize pool will provide 50,000 euros to the
champion as well as a supply of FPT engines and tyres for
Campionato Italiano Formula 3. A
communications program is being developed by AciSport
which is targeting live broadcasting of all the races and wide press coverage.