All the secrets of the new Variable Trim Spoiler that equips the iconic Abarth 695 70th Anniversary. Tested in the FCA wind tunnel in Orbassano (Turin) and on the Vallelunga circuit (Rome), the Variable Trim Spoiler improves handling in fast mix and stability at high speeds.
Carlo Abarth’s “performance concept” went far beyond the search for pure power, maximum speed and acceleration. His thought was in fact focused on the search for 360 ° performance and therefore on the research and development of innovative technical solutions to improve aerodynamics, road holding and braking power.
“With the same spirit we created the Variable Trim Spoiler which debuted a few months ago on the limited editionAbarth 695 70th Anniversary – declares Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands -. It is one of the best and most iconic aerodynamic solutions for a road car developed starting from the philosophy of our founder who had studied aerodynamics on the track and on everyday roads. The maximum expression of the application of aerodynamic studies is found in the famous and multi-victorious “silver torpedo” Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Pininfarina of 1960, which achieved numerous speed records and, subsequently, the many famous Abarth 1000 Corsa that in the 1966 were among the first cars in the world to adopt a resin spoiler “.
And it is precisely this record that the new Abarth 695 70th Anniversary pays homage to with its new Variable Trim Spoiler, a 100% Abarth racing element but also reminiscent of the spoiler of the Lancia Delta Integrale of the eighties, which it gave to the guide the feeling of feeling like real rally drivers.
All the secrets of the Variable Trim Spoiler
The result of the work of the Abarth engineers in the FCA wind tunnel in Orbassano (Turin) and on the Vallelunga circuit (Rome), the Variable Trim Spoiler improves the aerodynamic performance of the car and therefore increases the grip in fast mix and stability at high speed. Because the performance for Carlo Abarth had to be viewed at 360 °, especially in racing. And just like in the race, where it is usual to see the technicians in the pits make a “fine” manual adjustment of the inclination of the spoiler to allow the driver to set the car’s behavior according to the track and his driving style, so spoiler that equips the Abarth 695 70 * Anniversario is also manually adjustable in 12 positions with an inclination that can vary from 0 ° to 60 °.
In the position of maximum inclination (60 °), at a speed of 200 km / h, the aileron increases the aerodynamic load up to 42 kg. This ensures excellent vehicle dynamics and more stable behavior at high speeds, especially in fast driving. A practical example, along the “Curvone” of the Vallelunga circuit, the Variable Trim Spoiler allows you to reduce steering corrections by almost 40%, allowing for a “cleaner” and more effective driving and giving greater confidence in the search for the limit. The optimization of the aerodynamic component has also gone through the acoustics, which are treated in an excellent way to reduce turbulence for the benefit of a more comfortable daily ride.
To reach this technical level the new Abarth 695 70th Anniversary has been tested in the aerodynamic tunnelfull scale located in Orbassano, south of Turin, where FCA tests its vehicles. It was in this center of excellence that the Abarth 695 70th Anniversary Variable Trim Spoiler was developed and tested in all possible configurations and in the various vehicle trim conditions.
L ‘aerodynamics and its first applications, the first resin spoiler for racing Abarth in 1966.
From 1956 to 1966 the well 133 made by Scorpio cars record, thanks to an extreme use of the concepts and the laws of aerodynamics, among these we remember the 8 amazing records of the Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Pininfarina achieved in 1960. Merit above all of the implementation of the laws on aerodynamic efficiency, so much so that the Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Pininfarina was immediately nicknamed the “silver torpedo” by of its racy line, developed in the wind tunnel of the Polytechnic of Turin, which gave an exceptional aerodynamic CX of 0.20.
But returning to the slogan of its founder “Sunday on the track, Monday in the office” it was necessary to bring the aerodynamics on “normal” race cars. Abarth, in fact, combined the activity of the official team, the supply of competition components with sporting and commercial successes. We are in the sixties and, thanks to the Abarth sports kits, many small cars “turned into winning machines”, also opening the way for many young drivers who could thus begin their successful career in competitions.
The first to benefit from the intuitions and aerodynamic knowledge are the Abarth 1000 Corsa (evolution from the track of the 600 road) which, in 1962, won everywhere by crossing the finish line with the now famous open rear hood which, in addition to dissipating the engine heat, evidently it brought an aerodynamic benefit.
Starting from there, the brilliant Abarth, in 1966, made a resin spoiler, becoming one of the first companies to equip the race cars with a wing to exploit the benefits. To this record I pay homage to the Abarth 695 70th Anniversary Variable Trim Spoiler, demonstrating that racing is for the Abarth brand, it has always been the perfect laboratory to test those technical and technological solutions before being used by Scorpion road cars.