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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Stola's Monotipo Concept derived of Fiat Barchetta

~Tiny & Unique~ Indeed, Gruppo Stola as an Italian coachbuilder company does not have a name as famous as its compatriots such as Pininfarina, Zagato and others. However, when viewed from the works, it is not inferior to those famous coachbuilders.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is built as one-off sportscar concept by Gruppo Stola, and was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone. (Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Well, in the 1990s, Stola had launched several interesting concept vehicle designs. One of them have also been discussed before here, such as the Fiat Dedica, a custom-made Fiat Barchetta of 1996 dedicated for a former those Italian giant automaker boss, Giovanni Agnelli.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept's retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
And two years after those custom made Fiat Barchetta launched, the Turin-based coachbuilder company is launched one-off sportscar concept named the Abarth Monotipo Concept and was intended to showcase Stola's craftsmanship rather than to be a fashion statement. 
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Like the 1996 Dedica, the Abarth Monotipo was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone, a close friend of Stola managing-director Alfredo Stola.

The car has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch, while the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel. Fiat's close relationship with Stola allowed them to licence the "Abarth" tag, and also pinned its traditional 'scorpion' badges at the front and rear.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept also has unique the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel(Picture from: ItaliaSpeed)
The interestingly retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material. Even more impressive is the perfect finish of the bodypanels. All transparent parts are not made of glass but of Isoclima Polycarbonate, which is also used in the aerospace industry, so no wonder if the Abarth Monotipo weighted just 880 kilos.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is powered by slightly tuned four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine of Lancia Delta Integrale(Picture from: TopCarRating)
While the drivetrain mounted on the slightly stretched Barchetta chassis is a four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine, the same one that used by the Lancia Delta Integrale. Slightly tuned, it is good for a decent 330 hp at 6,500 rpm coupled with 5-speed manual transmission system.
Those engine power then transferred to the front axle. It was able to do acceleration from zero to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 290 kph, and to tame those high speeds, so the Monotipo is fitted with the same vented Brembo discs as found on the Ferrari F50.

As quoted of Italiaspeed, the Italian company made just one Abarth Monotipo and launched for the first time at the at the 1998 Turin Motor Show. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ULTIMATECARPAGE | SUPERCARS.NET | GTPLANET.NET | ITALIASPEED ]
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