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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: MTA Manual mode
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:14:58 AM »
You don't have to lift in manual mode as the car will quite happily shift up or down, but it makes the changes much smoother.

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General Chat / Re: TTC Control
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:57:36 AM »
With the TTC light off the engine ECU will cut power when a wheel spins, with the TTC light ON (TTC connected) it is like an electronic limited slip diff as mentioned.
Turn it ON and fit a mechanical limited slip diff, the best modification done to the car.
Do we know of anyone who has fitted a LSD to an MTA car?

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: TTC
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:20:55 PM »
It does improve power delivery through cornering, but you have to be pushing. And it will be more prone to wheel spin in the wet. I turn it on on the track but generally don't bother on the road.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Abarth 500 bumpstops
« on: October 13, 2016, 11:30:44 AM »
You can also look for Febi 36979 Bump Stop, same part. I bought mine from Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CEG3Q04/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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General Chat / Re: New Forum Look - Feedback & Issues Report
« on: October 07, 2016, 06:43:31 AM »
Looks good Bertie, much better on mobile. I'm digging the body text a bit harder to read on desktop in Chrome. The font is very narrow. Any one else get that?

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Your Abarth / Re: My 124 Spider!
« on: September 30, 2016, 01:11:23 AM »
Very nice Bertie.

These are finally arriving in Australia next week - looking forward to driving one.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: TTC
« on: September 16, 2016, 12:34:41 PM »
Why only in the dry if it acts like a LSD? Or does it cut traction control and/or esp?
Traction control is always on, TTC will just stop it from cutting power and will try to brake the wheel losing traction. In my experience it helps to get the power down coming out of corners, but it will still allow wheelspin. In the wet it will spin much more, so it doesn't work as well.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: TTC
« on: September 15, 2016, 11:07:24 PM »
Agree with Bertie, makes a noticeable difference. It also won't cut the engine power of traction is lost.

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Introductions / Re: G'day from Down Under
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:12:19 AM »
When I first got mine I was parked in front a friend's house. His 5 year old daughter was incredibly excited, ran to her bedroom, and came out with a 500c Barbie car, in pink of course. They now refer to my car at the Barbie Car.

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Introductions / Re: G'day from Down Under
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:39:23 AM »
Howdy Lex - Matt here.

What do your fellow countryman make of the Abarth?
They are bemused by them, you get a lot of people not having any idea what it is. Then a lot of people very surprised by how much noise they are making!

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General Chat / Re: Alfa Giulia
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:11:13 PM »
The diesel version wheels looked way too small
And the brown leather wasn't to my taste.

No mention of dates

Yeah was surprised to see that the standard wheels on the the base model are 16", way too small for a car of that size.
16s?? Way too small. Or 159 has 18s which almost aren't big enough, and I assume these are similar sized cars.

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General Chat / Re: Alfa Giulia
« on: September 03, 2016, 12:42:25 PM »
It is at the top of my list!!

How does the non-QV look in the flesh? It's probably the diesel or the mid-spec petrol we'll get.

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I don't think the other 2 cars in the picture had much regard for styling or safety features :D
It's an absolute ball, even not being able to compete very well - the Abarths are wildly overpowered for an event like this, and I'm on semi-slicks!

Those other two cars are referred to as "rails" from the exposed frame rails. The frame and roll cage are custom, and need to meet safety standards, but then the rest of the car is a Frankenstein's monster of parts cobbled together from various Fiats. For the classes they compete in with these they have to be basically all Fiat aside from the frame.

I think both of them are using engines from a 127, although one has the fuel injection system from something else, front end from something else. Can't remember the power output, but they only weigh about 300kg wet.

What is really crazy about these is the braking/clutch setup. This type of event is all about making very quick turns in very small spaces, so there are lots of tricks to getting them set up to do that. For example, one of them has the rear wheel brake connected to the clutch, so when you push the clutch fully you are locking the rear wheels to turn the the car in. They both have a handbrake lever which can lock the left or right rear up independently. They take some skill to drive.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Fiat / Abarth 500 / 595 Bumper Removal Guide
« on: September 02, 2016, 05:44:49 AM »
Excellent guide, thanks. I think my wheel arches covers needs to come off for cleaning inside, that's an obvious area for rust.

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Well, it's pretty terrible, but so much fun!

This video is from a Motokhana event held by the Fiat Club NSW yesterday, this was my second. Motokhana is sort of like autocross, with much smaller courses marked out by flags, and in this case is run on dirt in a field. There are 8 events on the day, you get to walk each one first, then it is a timed lap. Half the fun is trying to remember where you're supposed to be going. There is a starting "garage", you run the circuit, then you need to finish in the finishing garage. Time penalties for knocking down flags, finishing outside the garage etc.

It is great fun, nearly every turn is a handbrake turn for me, although a couple of time I pulled the seat height adjustment by mistake. You don't get out of first gear.

Attached is the AM schedule with the layout, it is extremely tight. On Serpentine, for example, the markers are 12m apart.

https://youtu.be/eMtF9nSX3T0

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