Fiat Stilo Abarth Rally
First shown at the Bologna Motorshow in December 2001, the Stilo Abarth Rally uses the standard 3-door 1.8 16v as the starting point.
Designed to be used in a one-make championship, where all the competitors drive identical cars, the main aim is to produce a reliable, competitive car at a low budget to enable young drivers (the usual protagonists of such series') to demonstrate their potential against their competitors, without the issue of different equipment.
It takes the basic car and is modified in two main ways, firstly to turn it into a a competitive rally car, without the costs escalating too much, and secondly to meet the strict safety requirements of the motorsport regulations.
When first released in 2001, the car was designed to run in Group N, with the associated severe restrictions on the modifications possible. Over the following years development continued apace, with the release later of a Group A version, allowing a much more powerful and competitive car to be produced.
The main areas which have been modified are as follows :
The suspension has different springs (by Eibach) and dampers (by Bilstein), with coilovers at the front and adjustable platforms at the rear. It is available in either tarmac or gravel spec. For tarmac 17" wheels are used, for gravel 15". The brakes remain as the production car (284mm ventilated discs at the front and 251mm discs at the rear), albeit with the balance adjustable from within the cockpit and a hydraulic handbrake whilst spacers are used to increase the track (up by 20mm at the front and 13mm at the rear). The electric power steering also remains.
The transmission uses a closer ratio competition dog box with self-locking differential and metallic-ceramic clutch.
The engine, the 1747cc 16v unit from the road car, has a remapped electronic management system and new camshafts and pistons. To help it breathe, it also has a completely redesigned airbox and modified exhaust system.
The addition of all the safety equipment required by the regulations includes a full rollcage, competition seats, fire extinguisher, harnesses, electrical cut-out etc.
The resulting car has 187bhp (the original Group N car had 157bhp) and weighs just over 1100kg. They remain front wheel drive, and are prepared to the standard ‘Group A’, running in class A7.
Fiat Stilo Rally film (3.02 MB) : See the Stilo rally car in action in the British Rally Championship.
Driveline transverse engine at front with front wheel drive Engines 1747cc (82x82.7mm) dohc 16V 4-cyl with 187bhp @ 6,800rpm Suspension front : MacPherson strut with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : torsion beam axle with telescopic dampers and coil springs
wheelbase : 2600mm
Brakes front : ventilated discs, diameter 284mm
rear : discs, diameter 251mm
hydraulic handbrake operating on the rear
Gearbox 5 speed manual competition box Steering Rack and pinion
electrical power assistance
Kerb Weight 1140 kg
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