04 Apr 2016
Abarth celebrates Yamaha's second place in Argentina
This season, Abarth will be Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team, lined up for the FIM MotoGP World Championship. The Scorpion brand has always been synonymous with innovation and performance, as confirmed by the new Abarth 124 spider presented at the recent International Motor Show in Geneva.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi had to give all he had to take a solid second place in a drama-filled Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo had a promising start to the second race of the season, but was unable to finish the shortened "flag-to-flag" sprint after he got caught out by the tricky conditions. Rossi's 20-point score increases his points total to 33 in the championship standings and enabled him to climb up to second place. Despite not taking home any points, Lorenzo still holds fourth position after two rounds with 25 points.
The partnership between Abarth and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team continues this year after the prestigious hat-trick last season of worldwide success in rankings of drivers, manufacturers, and the Team. The front fairing of the two YZR-M1 2016 bikes displays the Scorpion logo, synonymous with racing and the symbol of a legacy of victories and passion which introduced one of the great phenomena of modern motor sports, confirmed at the recent Geneva International Motor Show with the new Abarth 124 spider's world début.
It is a vehicle designed for thrills and performance and has all the qualities needed to satisfy even the most hard-to-please drivers. Among its technical features, one that stands out is the standard mechanical self-locking differential, to ensure drive and traction in even the most critical situations and provide peerless dynamic handling. Additionally, fine mechanics and special materials have lowered the weight to just 1,060 kg, for a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP.
The first 2,500 units of the exclusive, limited edition model made by Officine Abarth can be ordered at a price of 40,000 Euro across Europe. The car will be available in dealerships starting from September. The new Abarth 124 spider can also be purchased with the FCA Bank solution by paying 300-Euro monthly instalments.
As Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, the Abarth brand created, together with Yamaha, a vehicle to celebrate their partnership. It is the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing, a special series designed in the name of the craftsmanship and technical upgrade that characterise the Scorpion. An unmistakeable sound, a more powerful engine, and a sporty trim are just some of the technical features of this special series, which stands out for its stylish details-such as the red brake callipers and the Yamaha Factory Racing badge. Abarth and Yamaha thus prove themselves always at home, whether it is a routine outing or out on any of the racing tracks around the world.
Finally, since 1 March, the passion that reigns on the racetrack and on board each Abarth car can be found in "The Scorpionship", the brand's only official community dedicated to car owners, collectors, Abarth club members, and fans. Subscribing at the scorpionship.abarth.com website provides plenty of exciting advantages, promotions and racing opportunities as well as exclusive invites to meetings for fans.
Turin, 4 April 2016