How a 100% Made by Abarth spoiler comes about
Carlo Abarth's "performance concept" went past a quest for pure power, maximum speed, and acceleration. His thoughts turned to all-round performance, and therefore to research and development into innovative technical solutions, to improve aerodynamics, road holding and brake power.
Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands stated they had Abarth’s in mind when they produced the Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile. Making its first appearance on the limited edition Abarth 695 70° Anniversario. This spoiler is one of the most iconic aerodynamic solutions for road cars. The epitome can be spotted in the renowned, multi-prize winning 1960 1960 "silver torpedo" Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Pininfarina which achieved many accomplishments and is also sported one the equally famous 1966 Abarth 1000 Corsa, a pioneer to feature a resin spoiler.
The Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile and all its secrets
The Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile increases the car's aerodynamic performance and so betters fast mixed courses as well grip as well as high speed stability. Performance had always been a constant for the founder, particularly on the racetrack. The spoiler fitted to the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario can also be adjusted manually into 12 positions with tilt extending from 0° to 60°. To offer maximum flexibility, drivers can adjust the spoiler depending on their awaiting course, just like on a genuine racetrack.
At 60° and 200km/h, the spoiler increases aerodynamic load to 42kg, this ensures excellent vehicle dynamics and improved stability at high speeds. The Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile can decrease steering correction by almost 40%, for a ‘cleaner’ and more efficient drive, giving the driver a hearty confident boost. Aerodynamics optimization also affects acoustics to reduce turbulence for a more comfortable daily drive.
Aerodynamics and its earliest application, the first resin spoiler for the 1966 racing Abarth
From 1956 to 1966, Scorpion cars have achieved 133 records, the outcome of concepts and laws of aerodynamics usage. This includes the 8 astonishing records broken by the Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Pininfarina in 1960.
Due to Abarth’s "Sunday on the track, Monday in the office," motto, it was important to advance the aerodynamics of ‘normal’ racing cars, too. He did so by joining work on the official team and the racing components production with sporting and commercial success. By the 1970s, Abarth sports tuning kits had transformed city cars into race winners, which opened the way for many more.
The first to benefit from these aerodynamic enhancements was the Abarth 1000 Corsa. In 1962, its victories were universal, winning with a legendarily open rear bonnet, which not only cooled the engine but also obviously stemmed in an aerodynamic gain.
The clever Abarth then created a resin spoiler in 1966, becoming a forerunner to benefit from that component on a racing car. The Abarth 695 70° Anniversario Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile pays acknowledgement to this record, showing that the racetrack is the ideal testing ground for the Abarth brand to test technical and technological solutions before fitting them to roadgoing Scorpion cars.