.:: FIAT ABARTH SE031 ::.
.:: Giro d'Italia 1975 winner ::.

.:: FIAT ABARTH SE031 ::.

.:: FIAT ABARTH SE031 - THE EXTREME EVOLUTION of THE 131 ... ::.

Fiat wanted to give a sporty image to their 131 and Abarth fashioned it into a race car for the 1975 Giro d’Italia by taking a number of parts from the earlier SE030 that was being “cannibalised”. The body of this car was designed by the Bertone Styling Centre at Caprie, and the mechanical parts were supplied by Abarth. Compared to the SE030, the engine underwent a number of changes. After a few tests it was equipped with a dry sump, in that the reduced height of the 131 bonnet required a shallower oil sump. A night's work at the drawing board by two designers provided a solution through the adoption of pumps taken from an English engine design, the Jensen probably. The car was equipped with oil coolers, placed behind the grille, and two water radiators arranged in series in the rear wheel fenders, the rear wing was taken from the SE027. The gearbox, en bloc with the three-plate Fichtel & Sachs clutch, was anchored to the rear axle, with an overhanging gearset. The tubular steel prop shaft used production parts, had Giubo joints at either end, and a double universal joint in the centre for homokineticity. The car competed and won, with Piantà-Scabini, with a little luck (the leading Lancia Stratos caught fire during the last Casale Monferrato leg). It was then sold to a US buyer who re-equipped it with Fiat 131 Rally parts. The original mounting points were left in place, however, and in 2007 the Volta company was able to reinstate the car to its original configuration.

''The Abarth projects after Carlo Abarth'' - By Sergio Limone and Luca Gastaldi - Ed. Automotoretrò 2010


.:: PICTURES FROM THE PAST : GIRO D'ITALIA 1975 ... ::.

.:: ... AND TODAY : THE RESTORATION BY BEPPE VOLTA ::.

.:: SE 031 3500 V6- TECHNICAL DATA - 07/1975 ABARTH ::.
ENGINE
Position Front, Longitudinal
Cylinders V6
Diameter/Stroke 102 x 71 mm
Total Capacity 3480,6 cm3
Valves 2 Inlet/2 Exhaust per cylinder, DOHC
Compression Ratio 10.9:1
Power 304 CV at 6400 rpm
Torque 35 kgm at 4850 rpm
Exhaust Special exhaust made in Abarth
Cooling system Water - Front radiator
Lubrification Oil dry sump - Lateral Oil-cooler radiator
.:: TRASMISSION ::.
Traction Rear traction
Gearbox Traditional cloche - 5 gears + RM.
Lubrification Oil system
Clutch Dry clutch type Fictel & Sach with three plates
.:: BRAKES ::.
Front Front discs
Rear Rear discs
.:: SUSPENSIONS ::.
Front suspensions Indipendent
Rear suspensions Indipendent
Wheelbase 2496 mm
Front/Rear track 1486/1536 mm
Max. Height 1382 mm
Max. Lenght 4425 mm
Max. Width 1965 mm
Fuel capacity 100 litres
.:: WHEELS ::.
Front rims 10x15 alluminium alloy
Rear rims 15x15 10x15 alluminium alloy
Front tyres Pirelli 9-5/21.00x15
Rear tyres Pirelli 13-0/25.00x15
.:: CAR BODY ::.
Type Sedan with two seats and two doors
Hood/Capacity Rear hood/135 litres
Weight NN
Max. speed Over 305 km/h

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