The ‘most Abarth of all Abarths’ will take to the road for the first time as part of the 2014 Gumball 3000 rally, which starts today in Miami.
With a top speed of 140mph, fitted with a 190 HP, 1.4 T-Jet engine, and weighing 997kg, giving the best weight-to-power ratio in its category (5.2) and acceleration from 0 to 62mph in just 5.9 seconds, the 695 biposto will be the official car of the sixteenth edition of the Gumball 3000, the non-competitive rally for 120 supercars which will cover over 3000 miles in less than 10 days.
It’s a unique adventure for the participants who, between 4th and 11th June, will travel all the way from America to Europe: after stages in Miami, Atlanta and New York, all 120 cars will be flown across the Atlantic, touching down in Scotland. Here, in Edinburgh, the Gumball 3000 will enrich its line-up of supercars with the Abarth 695 biposto, making its official on-road debut, driven by Maximillion Cooper, CEO and founder of the event.
About the Gumball 3000 Rally
Gumball 3000 was launched in 1999, and brings cars, music, fashion, art and entertainment all together. Cooper borrowed the word ‘Gumball’ from Andy Warhol, who used it to describe how the public “chew up” and spit out popular culture just like chewing gum. Some readers may also remember the 1976 film ‘Gumball Rally‘. The now legendary road trip has seen the participation of international artists and celebrities, royalty, individuals included in Forbes rich lists, billionaires, founders of Blue Chip companies, rapidly capturing the attention of the press and public alike, achieving mainstream media coverage through automotive and lifestyle publications, and even gracing the covers of The Financial Times, GQ, Esquire, FHM and CAR.
The roads between the Scottish capital and Ibiza – taking in London, Paris and Barcelona – will be the first to put the Abarth 695 biposto’s exhilarating supercar performance to the test. What’s more, it’s the very first time that a ‘street legal’ car, currently in its category, is offered with a gearbox featuring a clutch self-locking differential derived from the world of racing, making upwards gear changes so rapid that expert drivers don’t need to use the clutch.
Details of 2014 Gumball 3000 Dates
In each city the Gumball visits, Abarth will play a leading role: Princes Street in Edinburgh, Old Trafford in Manchester, Regent Street in London, Les Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, the iconic W Hotel in Barcelona and the Old Town Port in Ibiza will welcome hundreds of thousands of people, and Abarth is all set to make every arrival an exciting, memorable event with its fantastic cars.
The 2014 race schedule is as follows:
- 4th June 2014 – Arrival in Miami
- 5th June 2014 – from Miami to Atlanta
- 6th June 2014 – from Atlanta to New York
- 7th June 2014 – from New York to Edinburgh
- 8th June 2014 – from Edinburgh to London via Manchester
- 9th June 2014 – from London to Paris
- 10th June 2014 – from Paris to Barcelona
- 11th June 2014 – from Barcelona to Ibiza