Fiat 131 Abarth — Rally Giants

Fiat 131 Abarth — Rally Giants
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  • 1845841824
  • 9781845841829
by Graham Robson When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World... mehr
Fiat 131 Abarth — Rally Giants

by Graham Robson

When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World Rally Champion – and the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 provided the machinery to make that possible. Within the Fiat-Lancia empire, the 131 Abarth not only replaced the 124 Abarth Spider sports car, but was also favoured ahead of the charismatic Lancia Stratos. By 1970s standards, the 131 Abarth was the most extreme, and effective, of all homologation specials. Compared with the 131 family car on which it was originally based, it had different engine, transmission and suspension layouts, was backed by big budgets and by a team of superstar drivers, and was meant to win all round the world.

Not only did it start winning World rallies within months of being launched, but in 1977, 1978 and 1980 the 'works' team also won the World Championship for Makes, and set every standard by which Rally Giants were to be judged. The 131 Abarth was backed by a peerless team of engineers, so was there ever any doubt that successors like the Lancia Rally 037 and the Delta Integrale would eventually come from the same stable?

Contents:

  • The car and the team
    Inspiration
    Fiat – newcomers at World level
    The 131 Abarth’s importance in rallying
    Facing up to rival cars
    Homologation – meeting the rules
    Engineering features
    Motorsport development and improvements
    Building and running the works cars
    Blind alleys
    Personalities and star drivers
  • Competition story
    1976
    1977
    1978
    1979
    1980
    1981
    1982
    Replacing the 131 Abarth – the Group B dilemma
  • World/major European rally wins
  • Works rally cars (and when first used)

Buch, Softcover, 21 x 19,5 cm, 128 Seiten, 44 farbige und 55 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text
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