Abarth 1000 SP one-off concept revealed

    Published On May 23, 2021 07:00:00 AM

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    The retro styled concept was designed with emphasis on lightness.

    Alfa Romeo engineers have produced a modern reinterpretation of the 1960s Abarth 1000 SP race car. 

    • The concept pays homage to the original 1000 SP that debuted in 1966
    • It uses a 243hp, 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine
    • It is based on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo 4C

    Abarth 1000 SP: what is it?

    The Abarth 1000 SP (Sport Prototipo) is a one-off homage to the car that made its debut 55 years ago and won the Nürburgring 500km in 1966.

    It was initially designed to compete in both, endurance races and hillclimbs and enjoyed success as in various motorsport disciplines.

    The retro-styled concept takes the form of a midsized sportscar and is larger than the original, but it features several nods to the original design. Lightness, agility and aerodynamic efficiency were key to the style.

    “The Abarth 1000 SP echoes the lines and aesthetic characteristics of its forerunner,” said Alfa Romeo. “The sinuous body, with the soft surfaces of the fenders highlighting the position of the wheels, takes up the pattern of the spider with a central engine.”

    “The cockpit glazing features shaped side deflectors, with their profile lowered towards the roll bar, the latter strictly 'in view' to highlight our being in the presence of a no-holds-barred spider.”

    Abarth 1000 SP: engine and mechanicals

    It is powered by the same 1.7-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 243hp, that featured in the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. The concept is constructed around a carbon-fibre and aluminium chassis, which is also taken from the 4C roadster, featuring overlapping triangle suspension with MacPherson struts in the rear.

    It’s not known if the 1000 SP will be seen on a racetrack any time soon, but Alfa Romeo said it will appear at some undisclosed events focusing on vintage cars later this year.

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