Recently I posted a brief report on this website about the Fiat 500 cars. These cars had very low horsepower as these were designed to be economical cars to buy and operate. This humble beginning does not mean that the cars stayed that way. Many of these cars received a performance upgrade from the Abarth company.
Fiat Abarth 695
Abarth is an Italian racing car builder founded by Austrian-Italian Carlo Abarth in Turin, Italy in 1949. The Abarth car shown above is a Fiat 500 that was fitted with a larger 689cc engine compared to the 500cc engine in the standard Fiat 500.
The 689cc engine was a 2-cylinder engine that produced 38 horsepower. This compared to 18 to 22 horsepower in the Fiat 500 cars. The Fiat 695 had a top speed of about 87 miles per hour.
New Abarth Badge
On the outside the Fiat 695 car shown above can be identified from the Fiat 500 by the Abarth badge on the front grille.
Note The Abarth 695 Badge On the Right Side
The instrument cluster in the Fiat Abarth 695 is much more sporty and informative than the Fiat 500. I like the steering wheel in the Fiat 695 as well.
The Instrument Cluster In The Fiat Abarth 695 Is Simple and Functional
Despite the size of the little Fiat Abarth 595, two normal-sized people fit reasonably well in the front seat.
There were several models Fiat Abarth cars that were built. The car below was pictured at the Lime Rock Historic Festival in 2011. This model is a Fiat Abarth 1000TC.
Alain Raymond’s Fiat Abarth 1000TC
The Fiat Abarth 1000TC is based on the Fiat 4-cylinder 600cc engine that produced 28 horsepower. The Fiat Abarth 1000TC shown above apparently now has about 85 horsepower. In the race car shown above as well as the race car shown below both race with the rear engine cover open. This open engine cover helps with engine cooling and I’ve read that the Fiat Abarth cars will go faster with the engine cover open. I guess that it helps with the aerodynamics.
Another Fiat Abarth 1000TC At Lime Rock
The three pictures below were taken by Paul Henshall at the Jim Clark Memorial races at the Hockenheim track in Germany in 2010.
Fiat Abarth Racer
The Fiat Abarth engine show below has obviously been highly modified. many of these engines can reportedly develop 80 to 110 horsepower.
A Highly Tuned Fiat Abarth Engine
In Austria, the firm of Steyr-Puch also produced cars based, by agreement with Fiat, on the Fiat 500. They also produced some larger engine models. The Steyr-Puch car shown below has obvious similarities with the Fiat 500.
So while the Fiat 500 was a very modest car, some modified versions have become very serious race cars.