F4 Championship powered by Abarth: end of the season 2019 in Italy and Germany
Two F4 Championship powered by Abarth finished with the victories of the Norvegian driver Dennis Hauger in Italy and of the French Theo Purchaire in Germany.
In 6 seasons of the F4 Italian championships, and 4 of the German championships, more than 300 pilots challenged each other to drive Abarth engine cars.
The F4 championships are the best school for young talents that will take part in future formula's championships, such as the Canadian Lance Stroll, now in F1, 7 in F2 among whom Mick Schumacher, 12 in F3.
Abarth is the technical sponsor of the F4 championships in Italy and in Germany: for 6 years it has given the 1.4 T-Jet 160 CV enginesand uses the competition test bench to further improve performance and reliability.
The F4 Championship powered by Abarth finished with the success of the Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger in Italy and of the French Theo Purchaire in Germany.
In Italy the young Norwegian Dennis Hauger won the championship winning 12 races, and preceding the Brazilian Gianluca Petecof and the Estonian Paul Aron, first between the Rookies.
The Italian championship has been one of the most international series of the world. Indeed the first 14 places of the rank are taken by pilots of various nationalities, from 3 continents. 18 are the nation represented, with 38 pilots in the Italian series.
The ADAC F4 championship powered by Abarth has been compelling and hard fought as well, the German series of this category with 30 pilots. The French Theo Pourchaire won, before the Norwegian Hauger (who partook in both the championships) and Arthur Lecler from Monaco, the brother of the Ferrari driver.
Entertainment and competition are the key words in the Italian and German championships for the F4 category powered by Abarth. The two single-branded championships are only for the young pilots from the kart world who want to continue their career in the single-seated world. The purpose of these championships is to allow young talents to begin to compete - from 15 years of age - driving a single-seated car. The 1.4 T-Jet Abarth engine, the same of the Abarth 595 and 695, with low inertial turbocharger, delivers a maximum power of 160 CV at 5500 rpm, with a maximum torque of 240 N at 3500 rpm. The weight/HP ratio of 3,5 CV/kg is very good, and allows the cars to be extremely performing and make the championships formative and preparatory for the following series.
The experience in racing, a very difficult trial, allowed the 1.4 T-Jet Abarth engine to reach an extremely high level of performance and reliability for the championship's competitiveness and at the same time its accessibility: it allows pilots to learn at a high level. This philosophy is in line with Abarth's one as, since the beginning, with its founder Carlo, allowed generations to shine at low risks. If at the beginning the tunings kits were famous for allowing the little cars to be competitive in the race and hill-climbs, today the offer is wider thanks to an engine that is ideal for all young people from all over the world who showed their talents in the first 6 seasons of the Italian F4 championship powered by Abarth and in the first 5 seasons of the ADAC F4 championship powered by Abarth.
There is still great engagement around these F4 championships powered by Abarth, as a demonstration of the validity of a very educative single-seater, that allows young pilots from the kart world to gain experience thanks to the 160 CV Abarth T-Jet engine, solid, powerful and reliable. A single-seater chosen by many sons of famous racers, like the German Mick Schumacher, son of the great champion Michael, his cousin David (son of Ralf Schumacher), the Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of the two times F1 champion Emerson.
New battery hub at Mirafiori speeds FCA electric product plans
Preparation for new "Battery Hub" at Mirafiori complex to begin in early 2020
Batteries will be used by new generations of full electric FCA models
Comau will be a partner of the initiative thanks to expertise in the assembly process
The initial investment will be approximately €50 million
FCA announced today it will build a new battery assembly complex in Turin as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. The new "Battery Hub" will be located in the Mirafiori complex and preparations will begin in early 2020.
This strategy has been at the center of several major agreements in the field of electrification that have been signed in recent months.
"The automotive industry is undergoing a period of profound change and one of the major trends is closely linked to electrification," said Pietro Gorlier, COO for FCA's EMEA Region. "With its new car battery assembly center at Mirafiori, FCA accelerates its drive to electrify, adding now another element to the 'ecosystem' that starts from supply chain and ends with customer support. A journey passing through the recent partnerships on recharging infrastructure, Vehicle-to-Grid and services to support customers of hybrid and full electric cars, from Italy to the rest of the world."
A complete battery assembly center will be created in a specially designed building, with the potential to be expanded for future projects. The most advanced technology will be used with modular and flexible processes, including the use of collaborative robots working hand-in-hand with operators.
The new "Battery Hub" will also have space for training courses as well as prototyping and experimentation during the pilot process. This initiative will allow FCA to respond quickly to the continually evolving electrification sector. The new "Battery Hub" will also have an advanced technology center dedicated to quality control and testing of components provided by industry-leading suppliers. After assembly, state-of-the-art electronically-controlled systems will be used to test the efficiency of the batteries. Comau will be a partner of the initiative thanks to its expertise in the assembly process.
The initial investment in place will be approximately €50 million.
Today's announcement comes a few months after FCA said it would build a new electric-powered Fiat 500 at the Mirafiori plant starting in the second quarter of 2020. Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to the production of this vehicle with initial production of 80,000 units per year, and the potential to increase production in the future. A few weeks ago, FCA also announced that the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio would be the first Maserati models to run 100% on electricity and they would both be manufactured at the Turin-based production hub.
Today at the Turin complex, which includes both the Mirafiori and Grugliasco sites, around 20,000 people are employed in production and connected activities such as engineering and design, sales, financial services and spare parts, making it the largest FCA complex in the world.
In total, FCA will invest more than €5 billion in Italy over the 2019-2021 period in support of a substantial renewal of the product range, with the introduction of 13 all-new or significantly refreshed models. Moreover, the electrification of the product range includes the introduction of 12 electric versions of new or existing models.
With Jeep® and Mopar® brands, personalisation takes centre stage at the European competitions of the World Surf League
The Jeep® and Mopar® brands join forces in the European competitions of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour in France (Hossegor, 3-13 October), and in Portugal (Peniche, 16-28 October).
The affinity with surf culture is expressed by dedicating the same care and passion for the personalisation of the surfers' board as that dedicated to their SUV.
The "Mopar Garage"is at the centre of the maintenance and customisation activities offered by Mopar and will host special artistic creations presented on fins and boards
The new Jeep Wrangler 1941 designed by Mopar® on display at the French and Portuguese events
The champions of the World Surf League (WSL) are in Europe to challenge one another in the French and Portuguese competitions of the Championship Tour. The first event was in Hossegor (France), from October 3rd to 13th (the "Quiksilver Pro France"). Now it is on to Peniche (Portugal) where the "MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal" is scheduled from October 16th to 28th.
Starring in these events are the Jeep® and Mopar® brands, the latter being the FCA brand dedicated to aftersales products and services for all the vehicles of the Group. In both locations, the brands introduce the general public to their close bond with surfing culture and the world of customisation, shared by both surfers and Jeep enthusiasts. In particular, the new Jeep Wrangler 1941 designed by Mopar, on display during the events in France and Portugal, epitomises the passion for customisation and the need to transfer one's personality on to the vehicle you are driving, thus confirming Wrangler's reputation as the most customised Jeep vehicle in the world.
Passion for personalization
To further emphasise the passion and expertise of Jeep SUV owners in terms of customisation, a Mopar corner has been set up inside the Jeep area, named "Mopar Garage": a real workshop in which visitors can admire the exclusive surf boards personalised with the original stencils created by artists and surfers Anais Schmitt and Beatriz Neves, who specialise in creating graphic works for the world of surfing with spray paint.
Their work focuses on the importance of knowing how to treat, wax and maintain a surf board in perfect condition. But also how to give it a personal touch, particularly the fin, an extremely important element as it provides stability, control and direction to the surf board, and helps surfers to maintain the speed and "cut" the waters. An attitude that is fully reflected in the mission of Mopar in the field of vehicle maintenance and customisation, and which finds its expression in the Mopar Garage through the personalisation of fins and boards that the artists will perform on site. The workshop also offers the possibility to take a closer look at the range of wheel covers created by Mopar for Wrangler and the specific surf carrier. In addition, as further proof of the affinity with the world of surfing and its enthusiasts, the Mopar accessories range also features a number of specific products for surfers, including roof rails, and a surf carrier to safely transport the surf boards, and rubber mats and cargo liner that allow Jeep owners to carry wet clothing or gear. To appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts, the Mopar catalogue also offers a tent that surfers can use to camp out on the beach.
Jeep Wrangler 1941 designed by Mopar®
In the centre of the display area visitors can also take a closer look at the new Jeep Wrangler 1941 designed by Mopar®. Wrangler 1941 is a four-wheel drive vehicle with 100% street legal trim, fitted with Jeep Performance Parts to enhance its legendary off road capability. The specific configuration of this vehicle includes a 2-inch factory lift kit, performance rock rails, black door sill guard, splash guards, black fuel door, all-weather mats and a snorkel (on request). The design 'kit' is enhanced with the 1941 graphic on the bonnet, commemorating a symbolic date for the Jeep brand, the launch of Willys, with further references also featured on other details of the vehicle, such as the wheels, gear knob and tailgate table. It will be available from November on the Wrangler 2.2 diesel 2- and 4-door versions and on the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims.
Jeep brand and the World Surf League: a global partnership
The European events of the prestigious WSL World Championship Tour only account for a small part of the initiatives planned in the global partnership between the Jeep brand and the World Surf League, based on a number of shared values: authenticity, freedom, passion and adventure, and the affinity between the pursuit of the perfect wave and the pleasure of driving off-road. First announced in May 2015, this global multi-year agreement established the Jeep brand as the first-ever exclusive automotive partner of the WSL Championship Tour.
The partnership with WSL further strengthens the connection between the Jeep brand and the world of surfing that started in France in 2010, with the sponsorship of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France. Surfing perfectly represents the Jeep values and the spirit of freedom, passion and adventure that distinguish all the SUVs of the legendary American brand. The sense of being at one with the environment and nature, and the desire to go beyond everyone's limits. This is the fascination of surfing, which is not just a dynamic sport, but a distinctive lifestyle. The Jeep brand shares with all fans of surfing the desire to experience emotions to the full, in a more authentic and independent way. Just as surfers on the waves use their skill to "dance" with the forces of the sea, each one of the Jeep vehicles is capable of overcoming any obstacle thanks to the use of a technology developed over almost 80 years of driving on the most extreme terrains on the planet.
The Fiat 3½ hp produced in 1899 will take part in the “London to Brighton Veteran Car Run”
On November 3rd, an extremely rare Fiat 3½ hp produced in 1899 will participate, as sponsor, in the prestigious race staged to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Italian brand.
This 120-year old vehicle is capable of achieving a maximum speed of approximately 34 km/h.
Fiat, one of the oldest, most prestigious car manufacturers in the world, has been named official sponsor of the "Bonhams London to Brighton Car Run 2019", an event organized by the Royal Automobile Club scheduled for Sunday November 3rd.
The title of sponsor is exclusively reserved for the most famous car manufacturers, whose history dates back to the pioneering period of classic cars, prior to 1905. Only these iconic brands have the honor of participating in the oldest motoring event in the world. Besides, the vehicles made by the manufacturer from Turin have always been one of the 400 + participants to take part in the annual commemorative trip.
For this important British event, which will also celebrate the 120th anniversary of Fiat this year, the Italian brand is collaborating with the National Automobile Museum in Beaulieu to get the oldest Fiat in Britain back on to the road: the Fiat 3½ hp from 1899. One of the very rare specimens of this extraordinary car will be revving up its engine on the starting line of the annual classic car race "London to Brighton Veteran Car Run" and traveling the 60 mile-stretch that separates Hyde Park in London from Madeira Drive in Brighton.
The Fiat 3½ hp is owned by FCA UK Ltd and is part of the permanent exhibition on show at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. It can comfortably seat two adults and two children, sitting facing the driver in a vis-à-vis configuration. With 697 cc dual horizontal cylinder engine and 3-gear shift (with no reverse), it can reach a maximum speed of about 34 km/h and has a respectable fuel consumption of 15 km/l.
Abarth 124 rally wins the Spanish CERA 2RM and GT trophies for the second year in a row.
The Abarth 124 rally of the SMC Junior Motorsport team repeated last year's success, reasserting its leadership of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship (Campeonato de España de Rallies de Asfalto, CERA).
The four wins scored by Alberto Monarri and Alberto Chamorro in both events secured their second title before the end of the competition.
Abarth Spain continues to support the main objectives of the sports project and will be backing the SMC Junior Motorsport team at the upcoming Community of Madrid Rally on 22-23 November.
It is another smashing season for the Abarth Rally Team. Managed directly by SMC Junior Motorsport, the team was formed by Abarth Spain two years ago to unleash the potentials and the dynamic capabilities of the Abarth 124 rally in the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship. The slender, eye-catching car has been causing a sensation since its public launch. Now, for the second year running, it won both the Spanish Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) and GT Trophies in a double challenge taken on by the team with the Scorpion badge at the beginning of this season, which was its third participation in the national competition.
Alberto Monarri and co-driver Alberto Chamorro had an impeccable track record in the powerful Abarth 124 rally this season. Backed by the SMC Junior Motorsport team sponsored by Afrasa, they were virtually unbeatable on all terrains and in all conditions, garnering four resounding victories in all categories of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship (CERA) in which the fireball made in Turin competed.
By capitalising on the team's expertise and efficiency, the superior performance of the Abarth 124 rally made them the clear winners in the rallies of Gran Canaria (where they also won the first appointment of the Abarth Rally Cup), in Ourense, Princess of Asturias and Villa de Llanes, winning both titles by points with one race to go and sufficient lead to take the Spanish Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) and GT titles.
The team will attempt another major success in the upcoming Community of Madrid Rally on 22-23 November, which is the final event on the Abarth 124 Rally Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship calendar, where the team led by Abarth Spain will do its best to top off this already thrilling season with a further win.
70 Years after the Scorpion Brand Was Established, Turin Names a Street after Carlo Abarth
In Turin via Carlo Abarth was officially named, in honor of the first 70 years of the Abarth brand and the strong bond shared by its founder and the capital city of the Piedmont region since 1949.
The attendees at the ceremony included Francesco Sicari, Chairman of the City Council, Sergio Rolando, Councilor for the Budget, Planning and Place Names, Luisa Bernardini, President of Constituency 2, Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth brands, and Roberto Giolito, Head of FCA Heritage, who together unveiled the street sign for the section of road between Corso Orbassano and Via Plava. The headquarters of the Home of the Scorpion are currently located here, as is the Heritage HUB, which houses some of the most important vehicles produced by Abarth throughout its history.
"This year, Abarth is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Naming a street in Turin after its founder Carlo Abarth is certainly the best way to end a record-breaking year of celebrations on a high." stated Luca Napolitano. "I'd like to thank the City of Turin for this acknowledgement of a person who revolutionized the world of racing cars with his ingenious intuition and unique developments. Our community, which currently has 110,000 fans and more than 70 clubs in Europe, also wanted to participate in this historical moment, bearing testimony to the high level of esteem enjoyed by the brand and its history and paying tribute to its founder. All of this makes me extremely proud."
"The tribute the Municipality of Turin is paying today to Carlo Abarth is particularly significant, because it was precisely here in this city," - continued Roberto Giolito, "where Abarth came from Austria to fulfill his dream, immersed in a community with a prolific, rich experience in manufacturing cars. And the choice of the section of road to be named after the founder of Abarth is no coincidence. On the contrary it serves as proof that the values and ideals of the great legacy of car manufacturing in Turin are still a strong driving force behind our company's business. Further proof of this, located at just a few meters from the new Via Abarth, can be found in the Heritage Hub, the headquarters of Abarth & C.but and the FCA EMEA Design Center."
Carlo Abarth (1908-1979) was born in Austria but chose to live in Italy and specifically in Turin, where, in 1949, he began his career at Cisitalia, later opening the first branch of his and the pilot Guido Scagliarini's company, Abarth & C, in Via Trecate. Since then the history of the Scorpion brand has never looked back, racking up sporting and industrial achievements galore, launching revolutionary tuning kits and achieving legendary victories on the track. During those same years, the company also forged an unbreakable partnership with Fiat, the historic brand of cars from Turin, established 120 years ago. In fact, the first Scorpion car was the 204 A, a successor of the Fiat 1100, which went down in the history of the automotive world when, on April 10, 1950, Tazio Nuvolari memorably drove the car to victory in his last race, the Palermo-Monte Pellegrino.
Also in Turin, on July 4, 1957, the legendary Fiat 500 was launched. Carlo Abarth fell in love with it and was sure that with just a little fine tuning, it would have all the potential of an extremely high-performance vehicle. This led to the creation of the first Fiat Abarth 595s, which began a winning streak on all kinds of tracks. At the same time, the brand also launched its famous "Abarth tuning kits" for developing the "500", by now an object of desire for the general public. In the 1960s, the Scorpion brand was in its heyday. To meet the growing demand, Abarth decided to move its production to a new factory located in Corso Marche, again in Turin. And so now, precisely 40 years after Carlo Abarth's passing, the capital city of Piedmont has named a street after the genius, the first person to recognize the potential that lay in tuning and performing technical upgrades on standard production cars.
United by the same will to celebrate the greatness and history of the Abarth brand, more than 5,000 fans and over 3,000 Abarth vehicles came together a few weeks ago to attend the largest Scorpion meet ever. And the brand had a gift in store for these fans, the loyal guardians of the founder's philosophy: the world preview of the limited edition Abarth 695 70° Anniversario, featuring a new adjustable spoiler.