|Stola is a little known
Italian company, initially founded in 1920 which carries out confidential
work for many manufacturers worldwide. With over 2,250 employee's and secondary
operations in Brazil and India, Stola, which first started assisting Lancia
with the development of the historic Lambda, counts Fiat as its major customer.
In 1995 Stola decided to create a fully working dream car prototype to raise the company's profile. The Dedica was built on the Fiat Barchetta's chassis ( which Stola had helped develop ) and made its debut at the 1996 Turin Motor Show.
In 1998 Stola went one step further, building the breaktaking Abarth Monotipo which was introduced at that years Turin Motor Show. The Abarth Monotipo used Lancia's 260 bhp 2.0 16v turbocharged engine along with a limited slip-diff and huge Ferrari-sourced Brembo ventilated disc brakes. The body was made almost entirely of composite materials, all based once again around the Fiat Barchetta.
The Abarth Monotipo draws on race car themes throughout the design, including built-in air jacks, intergrated towing eyes, Momo seats, steering wheel and gearknob as well as running on 18-in O.Z. wheels fitted with Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.
Like the 1996 Dedica, the Abarth Monotipo was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone, a close friend of Stola managing-director Alfredo Stola.
The doors swing upwards at the touch of a hidden switch, while the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel. Fiat's close relationship with Stola allowed them to licence the "Abarth" tag, and traditional Abarth scorpion badges are located at the front and rear.
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