This Abarth 1000 Sport Prototipo looks the whole nine yards and pays direct homage to its lean and mean elder brother from back in the 60s…
The sexy and original wearer of the scorpion in the coat of arms, the Abarth 1000 SP was a nimble and powerful Spider designed in 1966 by the Milanese engineer Mario Colucci and was successful on racetracks all across Europe. Built in extremely limited numbers, the car played a leading role in the brand’s rise to stardom. In 2009, Centro Stile Abarth developed the idea of reinterpreting the unmistakable design of the 1000 SP in a current vehicle.
Now, exactly 55 years after the premiere of the historic Abarth 1000 SP, the project has been jump-started with a new concept vehicle that takes its cues and lines from its legendary predecessor.
Lightweight and powerful, The Abarth 1000 SP achieved a number of international class victories, the first at the 500-kilometer race on the Nürburgring in September 1966. The radical racing car made a significant contribution to consolidating the sporting prestige of the still young Abarth brand. With the Abarth 1000 SP, engineer Colucci perfected his concept of a racing car with a tubular frame chassis, which he had started a few years earlier with the Alfa Romeo Abarth 1000.
The Abarth 1000 SP is considered a milestone in the brand’s competitive history. Inspired by the style, performance and race victories of the iconic Sport Prototipo from the 1960s, the designers at Centro Stile Fiat & Abarth have now created a contemporary reinterpretation. You presented the concept of a medium-sized sports car with a unique design, clean lines, and an excellent ratio between weight and performance. The concept car follows the ideal of its historical predecessor and bridges the gap between the 1960s and 2021.
Abarth 1000 Sport Prototipo Concept
The Abarth 1000 SP concept vehicle respects three design principles that were already seen in the 1966 Sport Prototipo (pictured alongside). First and foremost are clear lines as well as low volume and weight. The second basis is aerodynamics: modern design technologies make it possible to implement the iconic lines of the Abarth 1000 SP with a drag coefficient that is worthy of a modern sports car. And finally, ergonomics aims to increase driving fun and optimize vehicle control and agile driving behavior.
The Abarth 1000 SP concept vehicle takes on the characteristic lines and looks of its historical predecessor. The elegant curve of the body illustrates the layout of a mid-engine spider. The side windows run in an arc towards the roll bar behind the cockpit, which emphasizes the character of the uncompromising roadster even more.
Characteristic air inlets characterize the front hood and the cover of the mid-engine. The paintwork in a strong red and the design of the round headlights also follow the minimalist scheme of the historic Abarth 1000 SP. The lines at the rear created harmony between the rear lights and the tailpipes. The far outward position of the rear lights underlines the remarkable width of the vehicle.
The designers of the Abarth 1000 SP concept vehicle have succeeded in transferring the look of the historic Sport Prototipo to the present day. In contrast, the 1960s tubular space frame as the chassis for the 2021 concept car has given way to a modern carbon fiber monocoque and aluminum subframe. The new Abarth 1000 SP is powered by a four-cylinder mid-engine with 1,742 cubic centimeters and a turbocharger that develops up to 177 kW (240 hp)*. The chassis combines wheel suspensions with triangular wishbones on the front axle and MacPherson struts on the rear axle.
*The vehicle is not homologated and is not intended for sale… yet.
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