15.12.2003 NEW FIAT PANDA ABARTH RALLY CONCEPT JOINS THE SPORTING LINE-UP AT THE BOLOGNA MOTOR SHOW
The new Fiat Panda Abarth Rally concept joined Fiat's strong rally line-up at the Bologna Motor Show. Built by N-Technology, its is based on the new 1.3 Multijet Panda launched in September. Fitted with a large geometry turbo, big-bore exhaust and re-mapped ECU, Fiat's tiny 1.3-litre Multijet diesel now pumps out 102bhp.
The Panda concept is joined by the the new Punto Abarth Rally and the Stilo Abarth Rally. The Punto Abarth Rally is drawn from the facelifted Punto launched this summer and the rally version, first seen at Frankfurt, is expected to be homogated in time for next month's opening World Rally Championship Monte Carlo Rally.
The Panda Abarth Rally on show in Bologna is a study for a rally car powered by
a turbodiesel engine, the latest in a long list of racing cars for emerging
Branded with Abarth's legendary scorpion trademark, the car's exclusive kit
includes special spoilers at the front and rear, and deeper sideskirts. The wheels adopt
7x16 rims, and additional wheelarch moulding, incorporated into the front
spoiler and sideskirts, is necessary to fit them. Inside, the car has a cage
roll-bar in steel and chrome-molybdenum alloy (complying with FIA regulations
for 2005) and the usual accessories adopted on racing versions.