Starting from June 2017 and for the next three years, IVECO will be the official supplier of heavy-duty logistics vehicles for the Abarth racing division, and will supply the team with two trucks, a Stralis XP and a Eurocargo. The first will be destined for the Abarth Selenia Trophy, which is run on the race track, and the second for the Abarth 124 Rally Selenia, where it will be part of the Abarth support fleet.
With this prestigious partnership, IVECO celebrates the legendary car brand – one that succeeds better than any other in communicating the competitive spirit of the racing circuits and rally roads, as well as sharing the values of sportsmanship and performance which are in the Scorpion’s very DNA. This collaborative relationship has its roots in the past: since the early eighties, IVECO has supported the Scorpion Team in numerous world-class competitions, contributing to the historic success of the brand.
To honour this partnership between the two brands, IVECO is set to produce a special limited edition version of the New Stralis XP TCO2 Champion with just 124 models decked out in white livery with red and grey finishes, the traditional colours of the team. These 124 models celebrate the famous Abarth 124 Spider, a car with legendary status on the roads and on the twisting rally tracks. Number “zero” of this limited edition – that is, the very first vehicle of the series to come off the production line – will be used by Abarth for logistical support during the races.
This limited edition series also draws inspiration from the New Stralis XP Abarth “Emotional Truck”, a unique vehicle and the only model ever produced, as a special tribute to the partnership between IVECO and the Scorpion team. The vehicle livery was designed and created by the Abarth Style Centre, with special attention dedicated to customising the vehicle with the colours and the graphics of the brand. The vehicle interiors, in true Abarth style, echo those of the Abarth 124, with leather upholstery on the seats, steering wheel and door panels.
The vehicle will be the star of the show at all of the FIA European Truck Race 2017 championship circuits, and will be on display in the IVECO paddock.