New Product: Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider
Brake system developed for Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider
A testament to Italian design flair, the Fiat 124 Spider is everything a good two-seat roadster should be: small, nimble and fun to drive. A lively 1.4-litre turbocharged engine delivers 138hp (140 PS) and 168hp (170 PS), in Abarth guise, which matched to a slick, 6-speed manual gearbox and communicative chassis, makes it one of the most rewarding cars currently available.
With its striking good looks, the feisty Fiat has been well received globally, especially in areas where the open-top benefits can really be enjoyed, such as Europe and the US. Perfectly at home on the twisting mountain roads of northern Spain, or cruising on the Californian highway, the Fiat 124 is a joy to drive. But there’s always room for a little improvement.
The Fiat 124 and Mazda MX5 are supplied with a 280mm disc and single piston sliding caliper whereas the Abarth gets a 4 piston caliper on the same diameter disc. With a 17’’ wheel as standard there was plenty of scope for improvement. UK Sales Manager Nicholas Counsell commented ”The 124 is well balanced and good fun to drive but the brakes need more bite and better modulation’’
Development was relatively straight forward for the team in Italy, with no major obstacles to overcome. A 330mm two piece disc was chosen giving a huge increase in disc diameter over standard while not adding too much crucial un-sprung weight. With a few caliper and piston layouts tested it was the B33 caliper with 8 pistons that was chosen for its great modulation and superb stopping power, not to mention, great looks. We went for an anodised finish in candy red.
Two high-performance caliper options are available, both manufactured from lightweight billet aluminium. The top of the range B33 8-piston caliper offers the ultimate in terms of size and clamping force. The B32 6-piston caliper, although smaller, still provides excellent performance, but at a lower price point.
Whether you choose 8- or 6-piston calipers, each package includes 330mm (13in) two-piece discs which are 50mm (2in) larger than OEM, and are available grooved, drilled or both. (Although TAROX highly recommends their F2000 discs as the best solution for strength and heat dissipation). A choice of three high-performance pads may be specified according to driving style: Strada (road), Corsa (track) and the ultimate, Competizione (race). This comprehensive kit includes all brackets, hoses and hardware required for installation.
As with all TAROX braking solutions, every component has been manufactured from the finest materials, then rigorously tested to ensure many years of fault-free high performance in every environment. It goes without saying that they are also beautifully designed and look stunning behind the Spider’s OEM wheels.
Wherever you live, unleash the full potential of the Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider with a TAROX performance brake package.
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