I imagine that a majority of my blog readers are unlikely to be submitting an order for this racing variant of Mazda’s N platform, since Abarth is advertising to sell them for around $175,000 USD (plus a bunch of taxes), but I’ve been motivated today by Peter T. (owner of the ABARTH 124 GT discussed in an earlier article), to learn more about the ABARTH 124 RALLY, which has already won the FIA R-GT World Championships for 2017 & 2018!
I am now presenting a compilation of the specs and observations I’ve gathered thus far (updated as I become aware of changes/corrections) …
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ GENERAL INFORMATION
Body Style: Coupe (removable hardtop only; no soft top installed)
Platform: 4th generation of N platform developed under Mazda/FCA joint partnership
Assembly Plant(s): Hiroshima, Japan (partial build) and finished up in Turin, Italy
Drivetrain: Front-midship engine, rear wheel drive (RWD)
Intended Use: Not certified street legal; turnkey race car built to FIA R-GT specifications.
Here’s the FIA release (the same group governing Formula 1) on the new R-GT Cup. Full R-Gran Turismo class rules are here, but the short version is two doors, two wheel drive, naturally aspirated or turbocharged or supercharged, no limit on engine size (though larger engine does mean higher minimum weight), must be a production car with at least 200 road models built per year, and must have a trunk of at least 2.65 cu ft (no Zonda R’s). So it’s open to all kinds of sports car / Gran Turismo car insanity.
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ BODY AND CHASSIS
Layout: Monocoque unibody; front and rear suspension sub-frames
Chassis construction: High-tensile strength steel with full rally spec reinforcements
Aluminum body panels: Hood, front quarter panels, decklid
Steel body panels: Doors, rear quarter panels, narrow panel just ahead of decklid
Carbon Fiber composite: Inner door trim panels and removable custom hardtop roof exclusively made for ABARTH 124 RALLY (with air scoop, unfinished on the interior surface, and Lexan rear window)
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ ENGINE
Engine: Abarth “Bialbero”* 1.8 Liter Turbocharged I-4, in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, mounted slightly further rearward than the 1.4 L engine in the 124 SPIDER
Displacement: 1,742 cc
Bore x Stroke: ??
Power: (SAE) 296 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque: 444 lb.•ft.!
Air Intake System: BMC Hi-Performance with filter
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ TRANSMISSION
Description: SADEV six-speed sequential, dogring, Model # SCL82-17
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ DIFFERENTIAL
Description: SADEV Mechanical Limited Slip Differential, paired to SADEV transmission via 34″ driveshaft
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ SUSPENSION
Description: Developed with LM Gianetti, using ExtremeShox EXT 4-way adjustable coil-over racing shocks and coaxial adjustable ride height springs
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ STEERING
Power Assist: Double pinion electric power assist
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ BRAKES & SAFETY
Description: Hydraulic with independent front and rear pumps
Front Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo floating ventilated discs with aluminum hat, 14 in. (355 mm), opposed aluminum 4-piston fixed calipers and 32 mm thick pads
Rear Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo floating ventilated discs with aluminum hat, 12.6 in. (320 mm), opposed aluminum 4-piston fixed calipers and 28 mm thick pads
Rollover Protection: Safety Roll Cage welded to chassis
Safety Harnesses: 6-point Sedili Racing Sabelt
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ WHEELS AND TIRES
Wheel Rims: Custom exclusively for Abarth 124 RALLY by OZ Racing, 18″ x 8″, aluminum alloy, white, 8 spokes
Wheel Bolt Pattern: 5 x 110 PCD (not the 4 x 100 pattern for the 124 SPIDER)
Center Bore: ?? (≈ 60 mm)
Wheel Offset (ET): +53 mm (positive offset, aka wheel inset) ⇒
Country of Origin: Italy
Tire Mfr. and Model: Michelin
Tire Size, Type and Rating: 225/45R18C, Commercial
I don’t think the tires in the pics below are original to the Abarth 124 RALLY. The vehicle pictured is being sold as a former race car that was used as a development vehicle back in the Fiat’s Turin factory – “to adjust the ride height and ground clearance for future cars”, and is currently registered with Italian papers for “road use”. Currently the details can be seen @ https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/2016-abarth-124-rally-rgt (196 great photos to see!). I’ve also noted that the tires on the vehicle’s OZ Racing rims are Michelin Latitude Cross 215/60R15, and the spare tire in the trunk is BFGoodrich 215/65R15, but again, these are not the Spec wheels and tires.
Note: The trunk cavity is reported as having been modified to accommodate two spares secured upright, but that isn’t evident in the photo above. Could the rig hanging under the trunk be a second (horizontal) spare carrier?
ABARTH 124 RALLY ~ DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Wheelbase: 90.9 in. (2,309 mm)
Track Width, Front: 58.9 in. (1,496 mm)
Track Width, Rear: 59.1 in. (1,503 mm)
Overall Length: 159.6 in. (4,054 mm)
Overall Width (w/o mirrors): 68.5 in. (1,740 mm)
Curb Weight*, pounds (kg): 2,315 (1,050) (vs. 2,516 (1,141) for AT Abarth 124 Spider)
Weight Distribution: 49% Front / 51% Rear (vs. 53% Front / 47% Rear for 124 Spider)
“Passport” Weight: curb weight + weight of spare wheel(s) and other options for race
* North American Curb Weight is defined as the weight of a vehicle in running order, unoccupied and unladen, with all fluid reservoirs filled to nominal capacity (full) including fuel, and with all standard equipment fitted (options and accessories are not included).
Fiat claims the ABARTH 124 RALLY empty weight is 2,205 pounds, but after subtracting 95 pounds of fuel (11.9 U.S. gallons), 15 pounds remain unaccounted for. I’m going to assume one spare wheel is standard equipment, has been included in curb weight, but has been subtracted for the empty weight figure.