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Old 10-05-2006   #16
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Re: Strada Abarth 130TC

looks like an old (but in A1 condition) fiesta
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Looking awesome, the Strada 130TC is one of my favourite cars! That looks one mint example.

....looks like an old fiesta, someone take them outside!
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Thanks again to all your kind comments. There is never a dull moment driving a Strada Abarth, it never fails to draw attention even although it is fairly low key.

From the tuning information I've recently learnt about the car I'm sooo tempted to keep it.

A little story about that track day......

It was an alfa track day, they were absolutely fine about inviting me along to and making me feel welcome. I was surprised myself at just how quick the Abarth was. I really came to appreciate it while on track and have a new respect for the car now. It was quicker than anything on the day, it didn't have the most power but just obliterated everything through the bends and under braking. It was pure fun.

Most Alfa owner come over to me and asked me what modification the car had because it was so quick. They were all surprised to hear that it was standard LOL
The best race of the day come from another Fiat, the Tipo 16V the replacement and son of the Abarth. It was a great opportunity to compare the cars one on one. There was nothing much between them on acceleration, with the Abarth having a very slight advantage and the overall cornering grip was also about the same. It did win hands down on corner entry and exit and braking which meant you could get the power down first resulting in pulling away from the Tipo (a little like the F1 yoyo affect) and then gaining more ground under braking. It was so good and stable on the brakes that you could keep the brakes on right up to the apex, just awesome. It was about 5-6 seconds a lap quicker than the Tipo and 10+ second quicker than Alfa 155 ts and classic Juniors etc.
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I should have built a strada. Do you know who the tipo owner was? Great engine that 8v I'd like to drive one some day. nice car.

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Hi Rich

Yeah I know the previous owner of your car. He and I hillclimbed last year up in Scotland.

Why do you say that you should have built a Strada?

I can tell you that the weight difference shows in the braking and direction change as I witnessed this first hand.

How is the Tipo going?
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Hello, I was wondering about the car you raced on the track. Yes steve, I remeber him, car was a little worse for wear but hell at least he used it. I thought about racing a strada, a real abarth was tempting, the 8v engine is a gem and excellent starting point in the strada 130 woth huge valves, ok the 16v outflows it massively but torque is king on most circuits. Obviously the strada is lighter, smaller too. The galvanised panels mount up the tipos weight as does the cast rear swing arms and wish bones. Like to remanufacture these items one day in t45.

The tipo as you'll know originally belonged to me before I sold it then it was sold on again to your mate. I had started off with a coupe, but having been slavaged it was quite as straight forward to repair, in fact it wasnt straight at all? I considered thte abarth, but they are rare, and replacing panels etc would potentially be an issue if I damaged them. So I thought I'd stick with what I know, I think I asked steve if he'd sell it. I remeber when I drove it again, it felt slow, and awkward, I remeber saying theres something wrong with the rack, low and behold when we sripped it rack was wasted, as were all the cv boots and joints, probably acounting for some poor performance. I laughed aat the dent in the side, never mind, the body shop checked the hub centers and said it was worth pulling the dent out, everything was ok. Although shabby it still wiped the floor with my golf, and sounded good. No idea what it weighs now, hopefully the guy who do the mapping have some scales as they only work on race cars. If it weight 1000 thats ok, if it weighs more then standard i'll cry. Hard to judge things like the doors are really heavy, so's the tail gate despite bing plastic. I think the bonnet will be subjected to the angle grinder soon, its heavy lifting on and off.

BN what was it like at hill climbing, I may have asked this before, was it competitve at all??

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Re: Strada Abarth 130TC

i'd love an oldskool classic like this.
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Yes I know the worries like bending a strada would be a nightmare to get replacements so you would have to build up your own stock. In general bending anything is a nightmare if you get into the situation where you need to reshell

The Tipo was ok at hill climbing. The handling is what saved it as it did hold on quite well - other than that once that it let go resulting in the dend in the sill. It beat escorts, golfs and a few other more road going cars - which of course it was it's self. But it was all great fun and at least he was competing. That was the main objective that year, to understand how it all works, take part and have some fun.

The weight problem the Tipo has is what really killed it's competativness, if it could have shed a few pounds, like 2 or 3 hundred kgs then it would fly. This was very prevalent when directly comparing the two on track. I thing the diff between the abarth and the tipo is 150kg which tells.

Anyway let me know when the first race is and how you do!

Best of luck
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