the Abarths after Carlo Abarth a thirty year history of racing cars.
LE ABARTH DOPO CARLO ABARTH: APPUNTI SU 30 ANNI DI VETTURE DA CORSA
New 2017 edition. Over 30 years of the activity of Sergio Limone in the Abarth’s Technical Department from 1972 up to 2005. All the projects of racing cars, the most famous and also the less known ones in a very illustrated and comprehensive volume which profiles the production year by year.
A â€œnotebookâ€ in lieu of a book, because books have a different narrative style, the authors intention with this document is to highlight, for the benefit of interested readers, the work of many people during the period from 1972 to 2005 (33 years of competition cars and other projects) and the achievements, led by a group of technicians whose roots went back to the Abarth of the 1960s, when the company was headed by Renzo Avidano and Mario Colucci.
Since then, the Abarth company has changed hands many times over, has been merged and transformed, but its technical strengths have always remained at the forefront, as a common thread.Â
Car models were produced and achieved greater or lesser success in an endless procession, and the projects were named according to a system rooted in the very origin of Abarth models: the code â€œSEâ€ followed by a three-digit project number.
How the â€œSEâ€ code came to be used is not that clear. When this code was used at Abarth, “SE” models alternated with those labelled â€œESâ€, as can be seen from a list drawn up in 1975 that includes the models launched up to that time from 1960.
Some models, including highly prominent ones, whose name for various reasons did not include the â€œSEâ€ code, are included in the list based on the chronology of their creation.
The Company setup changed several times, following various mergers involving Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo.
The first â€œmarriageâ€ occurred in 1972, when the rally division of Fiat, headquartered in Corso Giulio Cesare, was merged into the recently acquired Abarth operation. In the late 1970s, Lancia Corse was also moved to the Corso Marche facilities, and in the late 1980s a single centre was created, with Abarth and Alfa Romeo technicians working on the competition models.
The Abarth logo was retained, albeit in the background, throughout the 1990s, when racing operations were managed by Fiat Auto Corse. On 1 July 2001, the company became NTechnology, an organisation external to, but controlled by, Fiat, and this remained in operation till the end of 2005.
At that point, the Abarth logo made its great comeback to centre stage.
English, softcover, 2017, 402 pages, Sergio Limone & Luca Gastaldi.