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Fiat Abarth to tackle 2014 Bathurst 12-Hour race

Two factory-backed Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse race cars will tackle the iconic Mount Panorama for the first time in February, 2014, in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour race.

Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse

The team is managed by Alan Heaphy, and Australian drivers Luke Youlden and Paul Stokell will take the wheel. The pair will compete in production car category F and are sure to upset some of the bigger teams in the hotly contested race.

The pocket rockets feature a turbocharged 151kW four-cylinder, with power going through a six-speed Sadev gearbox with optimised gear ratios. They also come with 17-inch forged OZ Racing wheels and weigh just 940kg.

The team’s special Abarth livery will be unveiled before Christmas to showcase the brand’s Italian and racing heritage.

Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse

The Bathurst 12-hour has become one of the premier events on Australia’s racing calendar after it was re-established in 2007. Next year’s race will be the 12th installment, with 40 teams from nine countries set to battle it out.

The final three hours of the race will be broadcast on SBS in February.

Sean specialises in news and road testing. He's a passionate journalist and currently works for a Sydney metro newspaper. Sean is also a car fanatic at heart and dreads the day Aussie car manufacturing comes to an end.