After the successes of 2020, Abarth’s commitment continues in motorsport with 20 appointments already on the calendar.
A new season approaches in 2021 with the name of the Scorpion yet again ready for international motorsport. Many appointments have been confirmed by Abarth Racing as they have unveiled their plans, having achieved important results last season both on the track in the Formula 4 championships and in rallies, courtesy of the Abarth Rally Cup and victory in the FIA R-GT Cup.
Abarth on track in both Italy and Germany
Numbers are constantly rising for the single-seater series with Abarth engines that have seen an average of over 28 drivers per race, with a maximum of 34 cars on the track. For the Italian F4 Championship Powered by Abarth, the 2021 season will be the 8th with a chassis-engine package praised by all insiders, so much so it has been selected in multiple national Formula 4 series, including Germany’s ADAC F4 series, the 7th edition of which will take place in 2021. The 160-hp Abarth 414TF 1400 cc T-Jet continues to be one of the most commonly used and reliable engines in the preparatory series. As the 2021 season begins, the Abarth Power Unit is once again demonstrating its potential in the UAE F4 series where young drivers can prepare for the season in the best way possible. The big names as the season begins include Enzo Trulli, son of the former F1 driver Jarno; Hamda Al Qubaisi, who began competing in the 2020 Italian series; and several drivers who have already been announced as starters in the European series, such as Spain’s Pepe Marti, the American Enzo Scionti and Germany’s Jonas Ried. The Middle Eastern series will be concentrated in January and February, while on May 16th the Italian F4 Championship and ADAC F4 championship will start in Le Castellet and Oschersleben, respectively.
Abarth Rally Cup – European Rally Championship: a perfect combination once again in 2021
The confirmations for Abarth Racing are also coming in the world of rallying with the Abarth 124 rally, again due to feature in the FIA-ERC, the European championship that will see the adrenaline-packed Scorpion sports cars compete in 6 of the 8 scheduled events. There will be a rich prize fund for the 2021 edition. At each race, the winner will receive a prize of €10,000, while the drivers mounting the second and third steps of the podium will win €8,000 and €6,000. The title of Abarth Rally Cup 2021 champion will be worth €25,000. To follow the victory of Andrea Mabellini, who also won the FIA R-GT Cup, the race for the 2021 title begins with 4 events on tarmac and 2 on gravel. The 2021 season will kick off from May 6th to 8th at the Rally Islas Canarias, on tarmac. It will then move on to its two stages on gravel in Poland (June 18th-20th) and Latvia (July 1st-3rd), later continuing with the Rally Roma Capitale, the Barum Rally Zlín in the Czech Republic and the season finale in Hungary from October 22nd to 24th. While the Abarth Rally Cup is now a certainty, there will definitely be no lack of appearances of the Abarth 124 rally in the stages of the WRC World Championship, where it has always given its opponents a hard time.
Italian F4 Championship Powered by Abarth: Paul Ricard – Le Castellet (May 14th-16th); Misano Adriatico (June 4th-6th); Vallelunga (June 18th-20th); Imola (July 23rd-25th); Red Bull Ring (September 10th-12th); Mugello (October 8th-10th); Monza (October 29th-31st).
ADAC F4 Championship Powered by Abarth: Oschersleben (May 14th-16th); Red Bull Ring (June 11th-13th); Zandvoort (July 9th-11th); Nürburgring (August 6th-8th); Lausitzring (September 10th-12th); Sachsenring (October 1st-3rd); Hockenheimring (October 22nd-24th).
Abarth Rally Cup* – FIA European Rally Championship: Rally Islas Canarias (Spain – tarmac), May 6th-8th; Rally Poland (Poland – gravel), June 18th-20th; Rally Liepāja (Latvia – gravel), July 1st-3rd; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy – tarmac), July 23rd-25th; Rally Barum Zlín (Czech Republic – tarmac), August 27th-29th; Rally Hungary (Hungary – tarmac), October 22nd-24th.