Abarth 500 R3T Rally Car

The Abarth 500 has already appeared on the track in a on-make racing series, but now the Abarth 500 R3T will be going off-road in new rally trophy that starts in 2010.

Abarth 500 R3T

The new 500 R3T uses a tuned version of the turbocharged 1.4 found in the 500 Abarth that pushes out 180bhp. The 500 R3T also gains adjustable suspension, six-speed sequential transmission, a limited slip diff, upgraded Brembo brakes and a strengthened twin-plate clutch to cope with that extra power and torque.

Abarth 500 R3T

The calendar for the 2010 500 R3T championship will be announced later in the year.

Abarth 500 R3T technical specifications:

EngineTurbocharged Otto-cycle, 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cm3
Power: approx. 180 HP (132 kW) at 5500 rpm
Peak torque: 300 Nm at 3000 rpm
Garrett GT1446a fixed geometry turbocharger, 29 mm diameter intake restrictor
Special reinforced water and air sleeves
Transmission6-speed gearbox, front meshing with sequential control
Multiplate self-locking differential plate clutch
Special half-axles
SuspensionFront: MacPherson, special adjustable racing shock absorbers, coaxial spring with wheel
for adjusting car height. Camber adjustable by means of shims
Rear: multilink, special adjustable racing shock absorbers, spring with wheel
for adjusting car height. Camber adjustable by means of shim
Steering systemElectric power steering with racing setting
BrakesBrembo radial front calliper with four M4X40 pistons
Ventilated Brembo front brake disc, 295 mm diameter x 28 mm
Rear calliper with 36 mm piston
Solid rear brake disc, 240 mm diameter x 11 mm
Racing brake pads
Hydraulic handbrake
Brakeforce distributor and rear load proportioning valve to optimise car behaviour
BodyCar dimensions: length 3657 mm, width 1627 mm, wheelbase 2300mm
ChassisSpecial welded roll-bar, integral with body
Stripped interior, safety outfit.
FIA type-approved seats with 6 seat belt anchorage points
WheelsOZ 7“x17“ asphalt rim
19/62-17 asphalt tyre
Weight1080 kg minimum regulation weight plus equipment

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