CMR - FIAT - 131 ABARTH ALITALIA N 5 WINNER RALLY ACROPOLIS 1978 W.ROHRL - C.GEISTDORFER
Manufacturer code: WRC022
Color: WHITE GREEN RED
Material: die cast
Designed to relaunch the Fiat brand in rallying following the retirement of the 124 Abarth, the 131 Abarth was developed during 1975, debuting in a very experimental form under the name Abarth SE031 at the Giro d'Italia in November of that year. Homologated in Group 4, the car was based on a road-going 131 Abarth, which itself had very little of a production car. The debut in rallies took place in the prototype version and from 1976 Fiat's commitment became continuous; the first victory was achieved in April 1976 at the Elba Rally. After overcoming some problems related to suspension and gearbox, the car became very competitive and able to compete with the Lancia Stratos and the Ford Escorts. The first world rally title came in 1977, followed by two more. The Fiat 131 Abarth Group 4 continued to race until 1982, first with the official team, then also with private teams, who subsequently moved on to the new Lancia 037, homologated in Group B. The 131 Abarth remains an icon of rallies, which was piloted by many champions, such as Alen, Roehrl, Andruet, Verini, Bacchelli and so on.