The Targa Florio finished last Sunday is the oldest car race in the world. This year’s 102nd event was supported by Abarth, who was given the opportunity to present the new Abarth 595 for the first time to the public. The Italian company has firmly linked its name to the field of competitions, having conquered the principles of its creation and to date a series of important distinctions.
“Karl Abarth had been linked to Targo Florio from the early years after the 2nd Inf. Sicily’s bustling streets are as if they were created to show off the potential of the cars he made. Those who admire the historic models that built the Abarth legend can easily appreciate that over the years the races have helped to create our current models.
Our participation in this year’s race is a tribute to the 110 years since the birth of the founder of the company, but also the perfect occasion to present the new Abarth 595 series, highlighting our connection to history and struggles. ” Luca Napolitano, executive of Abarth.
the new Abarth 595 series perfectly combines style with performance. Its compilations focus on performance (595 Competizione), comfort and speed (Turismo), absolute driving sensation (Pista) and the distinctive style (695 Rivale). In any case, even in the basic version 595, all that equipment and the distinctive character that give the mark of a real Abarth are available.
With racing DNA
Abarth’s rich tradition in the field of racing is also reflected in the numerous victories that the brand has won in various categories of Targa Florio. Models like the Abarth 1000 SP, the Abarth 124 Rally, the Abarth 131 Rally, and the newest Fiat Punto Super 1600 and the Abarth Grande Punto S2000 have won huge successes in the races.
So, in the race, the new 595 was ideally matched with three legends brought to bear by the FCA Heritage, the group that aims to preserve the rich heritage of the Italian brands. Abarth 2400 coupé (1964), Autobianchi A112 Abarth 58 HP (1974) and Fiat 500 (1974) upgraded with the Abarth Classiche 595 Conversion Kit, represented three different philosophies by participating in the “Targa Florio Classica”. The 2400 coupé is an excellent example of Abarth’s ability to create top-of-the-line GT cars, the A112 reminiscent of Fiat’s entry to the company, while the 500 focuses on the glorious years where Abarth became famous for upgrading small Fiat.