For Abarth the letters OT stand for “Omologata Turismo,” roughly translated as “Touring Car Homologated.” Since 1965 these two letters have identified a successful series of race cars and sporty coupés that made a name for themselves on international race tracks and in hill climbing events. The acronym was created by Karl Abarth to reassert the bond between the racecars and their standard production counterparts, from which most of the components were derived.
Today, the letters are making a comeback on the new Abarth 595 OT. The car was tuned by the Abarth Racing Team engineers to comply with the rules of the new Italian Touring Car Championship that will be kicking off on May 22 at the Monza racing circuit. The championship will comprise seven events in total: Monza will be followed by Misano Adriatico (June 12); Magione (July 3); Mugello (July 17); Vallelunga (September 4); Imola (September 25); and Adria (October 9).
Developed exclusively for racing, the Abarth 595 OT will be competing in the TCS (Turismo di Serie – Production Tourism) category fitting turbo engines up to 1.4-liter in size, and it will also be replacing the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse in the 2016 Abarth Selenia Trophy. However, the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse can be easily upgraded to 595 OT by fitting aerodynamic elements to comply with the Italian Tourism Championship rules. The exclusive service for converting a 500 Assetto Corse into a 595 OT is offered by Abarth at Racing Team workshops.
From a technical point of view, the new Abarth 595 OT is a highly competitive car featuring a new 1.4-liter T-Jet 190-horsepower engine paired with a six-speed gearbox, a new ride and spacers installed for widening the front and rear tracks. A “Performance” kit, consisting of a racing exhaust and 305-millimeter floating front brake discs to make the car even faster and more efficient, is also available. Orders are now open for both the car and the kit.
With the new Abarth 595 OT, the joy and excitement of wheel-to-wheel racing will remain accessible to another generation of enthusiasts. Abarth has already enabled hundreds of drivers to experience the thrill of racing in keeping with the philosophy expressed by founder Karl Abarth who wanted to offer a competitive car within the grasp of all enthusiasts – the same spirit that has underpinned the Abarth Selenia Trophy, now in its eighth season.
The new Abarth 595 OT will be joining the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione that has been racing for the past three seasons. This year’s calendar consists of seven races: Monza (May 1); Imola (May 29); Misano Adriatico (June 12); Magione (July 3); Red Bull Ring (Austria, July 24); Vallelunga (September 11); and Mugello (October 16).