18 July 2017

FCA at the 2017 Ennstal Classic

 

  • The twenty-fifth edition of the Ennstal Classic will be staged in Gröbming, Austria, from July 18 to 22.
  • The particularity of the event held on the most beautiful Alpine roads of Styria is that all electronic instruments are banned from the competition.
  • A valuable car from the FCA Heritage collection, Fiat 1100 S, will be taking part, together with two models picked from the Abarth line-up as proof of the tight bond linking the gems of the past with current production.

 

FCA will be taking part in the 2017 edition of the Ennstal Classic which will be staged in the Styria region from today to July 22. It is the twenty-fifth edition of a meeting which started in 1993 with 35 cars and which has become the key event for classic car enthusiasts over time. The presence of international guests and famous drivers year after year has added prestige to the event which is sure to fascinate with the Alpine charm of the roads on which it is held. The particularity of the event held on the most beautiful Alpine roads of Styria is that all electronic instruments are banned from the competition: only mechanical tripmasters and stopwatches are allowed, consistently with the age of the cars.

 

Fiat 1100 S

FCA Heritage, the new department created to protect and promote the history of the Italian FCA brands, will be attending with a precious car picked from the collection: a Fiat 1100 S.
It is the car which took part in the first "Ennstal Classic" and is returning after 25 years to pay homage to the jubilee edition of the event. Launched on the market in 1947, the 1100 S sports berlinetta was the direct evolution of the pre-war 508 C MM. On the outside, its body was adapted to create an aerodynamic two-seater with a modified vertical blade grille and two additional air scoops under the headlights. The main innovation, however, was in the performance it was capable of achieving: 51 HP at 5200 rpm with a top speed of 150 km/h. Fast and modern, the new car was very successful on the race track and turned out perfect for the Mille Miglia: four 1100 S ended the race in 1947 in fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth place in the general ranking. The following year, the car took the third place in the general ranking and in 1949 it won the race in its category. The 1100 S remained in production until 1950 and 401 units were made in total.

 

The involvement confirms the interest of the Group this sector which pervades various areas of the contemporary society and is enjoying continuous growth, adding value to the modern automotive industry. The www.fcaheritage.com website is now online. It is the showcase of the FCA Heritage department and the meeting point for everyone interested in the history, the events and the activities dedicated to the classic models of the Italian FCA brands. On the website, vintage Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo car enthusiasts and owners can discover new services, sign up for a special newsletter and submit online requests for a certificate of origin.

 

Abarth

Abarth is partner of the event and will be showcasing two cars capable of thrilling the audience of fans and collectors who flock to Austria from the world over. A new Abarth 124 spider and a 695 XSR Cabrio will be displayed at the stand in the Motorpark, the latter being a convertible which is simply perfect for open-air motoring in summer.

 

Abarth 124 spider

The new Abarth 124 spider was created to be a distinctive and cool roadster and guarantees all the thrills and fun that only a real spider can offer. Developed by the Abarth Racing team, it perfectly embodies the leading values of the brand: performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence. The Abarth 124 spider fits a mechanical self-locking differential as standard equipment. The suspension features a high double wishbone layout on the front and a five-arm multi-link arrangement on the rear. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal 50/50 kerb weight distribution means excellent feedback and agility. Under the bonnet is a powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology. It delivers 170 HP (that is about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 232 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It is available with a six-speed manual or automatic Sports Sequential Esseesse gearbox.

 

Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition Cabrio

By the side of the new spider, Abarth will be showcasing the mechanical creation spawned from the prestigious partnership with Yamaha: the new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition. Available exclusively with a Pista Grey livery, only 695 sedans and 695 convertibles of the model will be made, like the one on display in Austria. The limited edition makes extensive use of carbon fibre both inside and out, such as for the tailpipes and the steering spokes, for instance. The car can be customised with a carbon fibre dashboard fascia, Sabelt leather and Alcantara seats with carbon fibre backrest shell and with the new Abarth kit and accessory range which includes pedal covers, gear stick knob and kick plate, also made of carbon fibre. Under the bonnet, the car fits a 1.4 T-Jet engine with GARRETT GT 1446 turbine developing a peak power of 165 HP at 5500 rpm and a torque of 230 Nm. With this engine, the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha with manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3" and reaches a top speed of 218 km/h. Equipment of this special series includes Koni rear suspensions paired with Eibach springs, 17-inch Supersport alloy rims with Matt Black finish, "Satin Chrome" accents on handles and badge supports, side stripes and red bumper details, red brake callipers and braking system with perforated discs.

 

 

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