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Abarth and Stellantis Motorsport join forces, combine racing DNAs, and partner to create the most powerful Abarth ever

13 Jan 2024
  • What are the specifications of the new Abarth?
  • What are the interior design features of the new Abarth?

Abarth and Stellantis Motorsport are proud to announce a new collaboration which aims to set a new standard in the electric automotive world with the birth of the most powerful Abarth ever thanks to its 240hp. The partnership is a tribute to Abarth’s racing history. In fact, competitions have always been part of its DNA. Thanks to the brand’s technological "transfer", the most innovative solutions - tested on the track to increase performance and reliability – have always been adopted on normal production cars to ensure a thrilling driving experience. The same holds true for Motorsport, the vital entity of the Stellantis Group responsible for the racing activities of the corporation's brands, divisions, and subsidiaries.

Furthermore, this partnership enhances Abarth's DNA - turning the ordinary into the extraordinary - and makes use of the brand’s tradition and heritage in the racing field, blending all of those ingredients with Motorsport's expertise. The two entities are bringing their different, yet effectively similar backgrounds and histories to reach a common goal: to make road cars much more performing.

Together Abarth and Motorsport have crafted a platform, one which is composed of a distilled blend of technologies, racing expertise, engineering know-how and thousands of hours of testing to give the birth to this high-performance project: a new platform based on the well-known eCMP, now renamed Perfo-eCMP, which will see many new projects within the Group.

Each single technical element has been analyzed, refined, and tuned by a joint team of engineers, experts, and testers from both Abarth and Motorsport to create the best package. The outcome is a jewel, a new shining star equipped with high performance powertrain and suspensions with a dedicated setup to secure handling, dynamic and stability, as well as to trace the most effective trajectories and guarantee excellent racing dynamics in all kinds of conditions. To further contribute to the excellence in performance, the new Abarth is also equipped with a unique limited slip differential which was developed for the specific needs of a BEV powertrain and accommodated to its dynamic characteristics.

The result is the most powerful Abarth ever, a project marked by innovation and extreme performance—one which is not just the outcome of a simple tuning; a new benchmark in which a majestic piece of architecture works in tandem with an extremely high-performing engine encapsulated in an optimized chassis.

Performance

Performance

The new Abarth will be equipped with 240 hp and an advanced braking system, which offers more power and stability thanks to bigger brake discs and larger disc surfaces for a better heat dissipation and fading resistance.

Developed from experience in Formula E competitions, the new tires ensure maximum grip without compromising on range and acoustics. Thanks to the softer compound tread on the exterior and center area, they provide extra grip when cornering and improved range, while the polyurethane insert ensures acoustic insulation (-20% perceived noise level).

Interior

Interior

Inside, the high-comfort seats with racing ergonomics contribute to a comfortable ride even on the “most extreme journeys”. Made up of 4 different foams for optimized support on each area of the body, the high-performance seats feature an enveloping shape to contain on bends and emphasize lateral support. The higher density foam guarantees high durability.

In short, the teams have refined all the details to create the best package which ensures fun, performance and safety dedicated to the Brand’s enthusiasts. Abarth continues its electrification journey while remaining extremely faithful to its roots, with performance being its focus. More details are to follow.

Created at the Group’s founding to enliven the brand’s past and present, Stellantis Motorsport has strong roots in the world of racing and has always designed cars that are able to challenge for wins in their respective categories and provide enjoyment, regardless of the level of the driver behind the wheel. It holds 27 FIA WRC manufacturers' titles, 11 Dakar wins, 7 Le Mans victories, and is best known for its involvement in the E Formula World Championship with DS and Maserati, for the World Endurance Championship with Peugeot, and for the Rally Customer Racing with the Citroën C3 Rally2 and Peugeot 208 Rally4.

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