It is impossible to talk about race cars in the 1960s without mentioning Abarth’s record-breaking model called the “Monoposto da Record”. This elegant and innovative machine took the racing world by storm. Its creator, Carlo Abarth, was a genius in this field. It has made a place in racing history with its unique designs and the functionality of its cars. This great record-breaking car was one of his later creations, and is still considered one of the fastest cars ever made today.
Born on November 15, 1908 in Austria, Abarth became an apprentice in motorcycle and bicycle design. Then he started working at Motor Thun, a motorcycle plant in 1927. This marked the beginning of a long and brilliant career. Abarth soon began racing motorcycles and proved his talent by becoming the European Champion more than five different times. He was a legend with both motorcycles and racing cars. He was a dedicated leader in his field. His great racing and design career was just beginning.
After dabbling in many different projects, the Abarth Company was born. Its unique logo is a scorpion, taken from Carlos’ zodiac sign. This company, under the leadership of Abarth, began to modify Fiat cars. Low prices coupled with superior design led to unmatched racing records. Fiat even agreed to pay bonuses for first and second place because Abarth cars consistently finished in the top positions. At one point, Abarth worked with Fiat to mass produce cars, but this partnership was short-lived.
Over time, Abarth constantly changed Fiats and other cars to make them more accessible to more people. His team was able to increase the horsepower of these cars while maintaining the integrity of the horsepower. These lighter, more aerodynamic versions were soon the most famous race cars ever found. Many owners couldn’t afford the more expensive Fiats, so the Abarth designs were a great alternative.
As demand for these modified race cars grew, Abarth took on its biggest challenge yet: building a complete car with just the Abarth name. He started out making race cars with a level of 1000cc to 2000cc. These cars immediately became champions of the racing world.
The Monoposto da Record was one of the few Fiat Abarth to be built. This car had the coveted 850cc dual overhead cam engine and weighed just 1,000 pounds. The lightweight design proved to be unbeatable in victories and set records. The racing engine in this car was capable of producing 75 hp. This type of car ran all over Europe and many other regions. One of his most notable distinctions was the CASC class championship in Canada. This included 12 races with 12 races and ten victories, in 1962.
It measures only 1.2 meters high and 1.55 meters wide, with a length of 4.5 meters. It was close to the ground and narrow enough to cut across the race track. This car traveled 10,000 kilometers with an average speed of 118 mph. It also maintained a continuous 72 hours with an average speed of 116 mph.
- It was introduced in 1960 at the Monza Autodromo.
- It was manufactured in 1960 as a prototype for a speed record.
- It was 1785mm on the wheelbase.
- The length of the car was 4555 mm with a width of 1550 mm.
- Height: 1200 mm
- Technical specifications: four-cylinder central engine, 982 cm3, 105 hp at 8000 rpm, four-speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive.
- Units produced: 1
This Monoposto da Record car would remain one of Abarth’s greatest achievements. Its streamlined design was something never seen before. It was created to maintain high speeds for longer periods of time than other runners. Also known as the La Principessa, it had a Fiat chassis but with just .20 towing efficiency, it outperformed the competitors.
Here are some other records of the Monoposto da Record car:
- 72 hours at an average of 186,687 km / h 186 kilometers per hour for 72 hours
- 12 hours at an average of 203.656 km / h 203 kilometers per hour for 12 hours
- 2000 miles at an average of 201.115 km / h 201 kilometers per hour per 2000 miles
- 24 hours at an average of 198.795 km / h 198 kilometers per hour for 24 hours
- 5000 km at an average of 199.238 km / h 199 kilometers for 5000 km
- 5000 miles at an average of 192.878 km / h 192 km per hour for 5000 miles
- 48 hours at an average of 190.264 km / h 190 km per hour for 48 hours
- 10,000 km at an average of 191,376 km / h 191 km per hour for 10,000 km