The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.
Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.
Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.
If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.
Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.
Visually there are very few changes to the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione. The full aerodynamic body kit, lowered ride height and wide tires are still standard equipment. It makes the little Fiat look properly menacing. But the look of the car is not very important in a racing series that only involves a single make. What really counts are the bits that make it move.
Power for the old car was already a ludicrous 200 horsepower, but Fiat has managed to push that up to 215.
Fiat has really stepped up the game again with the Evoluzione. Power for the old car was already a ludicrous 200 horsepower, but Fiat has managed to push that up to 215. The extra grunt comes from a huge list of alterations that include a revised engine mapping, altered timing and an all-new cooling and intercooler layout. The electrics have also been redone with a new architecture that features control units that have been mounted inside the passenger compartment for easier use and adjustment. Fiat also added a window defroster.
The other piece of the go-faster recipe is a weight cut, and Fiat was able to pull another 20 kilos from the machine to bring the weight down to feathery 920 kg (2,028 pounds). That makes the Evoluzione almost 500 pounds lighter than a Miata, and almost 50 horsepower more powerful. The Evoluzione also makes use of new steel front suspension arms that can be completely dismantled.
Fiat was able to pull another 20 kilos from the machine to bring the weight down to feathery 920 kg (2,028 pounds).
The cabin is still all business with a fully race-prepped design that features kill switches, stripped trim and a full roll cage. The PR materials don’t specify, but I am bout 90-percent sure you only get one seat. A passenger race bucket would be an extra. As mentioned previously, the car is fully compliant with all FIA safety specifications and regulations for competition.
Makes me want to move to Italy and become a racing driver. Hey, Fiat, give me a buzz if you get a chance.
- Faster than ever
- Lighter than ever
- Anything with a roll cage is good with us
- No US racing series
- No street-legal version
- No manual transmission
Increased performance thanks to improvements to the power unit and weight reduction are the calling card of the new Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione, which will be joining the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse and Abarth 500 Assetto Corse cars in Italian and European championships.
Key to the success of these five years of single-make Trofei, the Assetto Corse has proved capable of evolution, improving performance with extremely high safety standards.
The new car represents the latest in an endless series of challenges overcome by Abarth engineers and exemplifies the perfect balance of the Abarth formula: more power and less weight equals more performance.
The boosted engine, passing from 200 to 215 HP, and reduced weight of 920 kg, a 20 kg reduction relative to the previous version, ensure excellent, unprecedented performance.
The modifications made concern chassis, power unit and electrical system.
In detail, the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione will be equipped with steel front suspension arms that can be dismantled, 1.4 T-Jet engine with different configuration (specific management software and timing) and cooling and intercooler layout, new electrical architecture with control units relocated to the inside of the passenger compartment and windscreen with thermal defroster.
On the inside, the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione contains all of the safety equipment required by FIA regulations.
The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione is not only a car, but also a genuine upgrade kit for current 695 Assetto Corse cars.