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Abarth CEO Says A More Powerful Abarth 500e Is In The Works!

More Abarth Models Are In The Works...

Following the introduction of the all-new Abarth 500e battery-electric vehicle (BEV) last week, FIAT/Abarth CEO Olivier François told members of the press that they can expect the Abarth portfolio to grow with even more electrified offerings.

2024 Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition in Acid Green. (Abarth).

But don’t expect every FIAT model to get an Abarth variant. “All FIAT models can potentially have an Abarth version, but it won’t make sense for everyone”, François said. This means that we can expect the Abarth team to carefully evaluate which vehicles in the FIAT portfolio will eventually be selected for “Scorpion” duty.

François also revealed that more powerful variants of the new Abarth 500e are currently under development

2024 Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition in Acid Green. (Abarth).

The Abarth 500e delivers 155 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. (235 Nm) of torque. That is an increase of 38 horsepower and 11 lb.-ft. (15 Nm) over the standard 500e. The Abarth model is capable of a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) pass in 7 seconds. That’s a full 2 seconds quicker than the standard Cinquecento BEV. However, it falls short of the current turbocharged Abarth 695’s time by 0.3 of a second.

2024 Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition in Acid Green. (Abarth).

Thanks to its instant torque, the Abarth 500e is a full second faster than the top-spec 695 on FIAT’s Misto Alfa Romeo circuit. They also claim that the 500e can go a full second quicker from 12 to 25 mph (20 to 40 km/h) than the 695 during a roll. 

2024 Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition in Acid Green. (Abarth).

A more powerful model might not hush naysayers about the move to electrification. It will have to not only perform the standard Abarth 500e, but it will also have to feature the same range if not improve on it. Hopefully, the next model will fulfill this. 

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At some point I believe it would be wise to use a torque-vectoring differential paired with some sort of transmission, even if is only a two speed tranny. A proof of concept was built a number of years ago and shown to FCA people. The drivetrain mule was a Jeep Renegade and the project was done by a known vendor supplying FCA with drive line assemblies.

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At some point I believe it would be wise to use a torque-vectoring differential paired with some sort of transmission, even if is only a two speed tranny. A proof of concept was built a number of years ago and shown to FCA people. The drivetrain mule was a Jeep Renegade and the project was done by a known vendor supplying FCA with drive line assemblies.

it was done in the taycan. I think it's easier, cheaper, and more reliable to add more torque and power to a single speed ev than adding a transmission. the thing is to be honest with top speeds. most people never drive over 90-to 100mph. they can be geared low enough that any gears would be a waste.
if you want to reach 200mph, then you are probably geared too high for daily driving. but since the transmission adds constant parasitic loss, the difference in efficiency.
if you compare a Tesla plaid with a Porsche taycan, you quickly realize the Tesla power train destroys Porsche's dual motor with 2 speeds on the rear. more torque, more power, more acceleration, higher top speed (219mph unrestricted), longer range and better efficiency.

but ultimately the future of EVs are 4 small motors, one in each corner, and you can have different gearing front/rear . no more differentials, driveshafts, torque vectoring on all wheels

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it was done in the taycan. I think it's easier, cheaper, and more reliable to add more torque and power to a single speed ev than adding a transmission. the thing is to be honest with top speeds. most people never drive over 90-to 100mph. they can be geared low enough that any gears would be a waste.
if you want to reach 200mph, then you are probably geared too high for daily driving. but since the transmission adds constant parasitic loss, the difference in efficiency.
if you compare a Tesla plaid with a Porsche taycan, you quickly realize the Tesla power train destroys Porsche's dual motor with 2 speeds on the rear. more torque, more power, more acceleration, higher top speed (219mph unrestricted), longer range and better efficiency.

but ultimately the future of EVs are 4 small motors, one in each corner, and you can have different gearing front/rear . no more differentials, driveshafts, torque vectoring on all wheels

Production of the Lightyear 0 started today. Link here.

It has 4 small electric engines, one for each wheel.


4 independently controlled in-wheel motors

Lightyear 0's drivetrain began with a blank slate and a radical focus on efficiency.
Its design is truly unique.
Four traction inverters and direct drive-in-wheel motors eliminate the need for energy draining components, such as gearbox and driveshafts.
Our drivetrain is not only in pole position for the highest efficiency on the market, it also reduces the number of rotating components for much lower maintenance. Rigorous automotive testing programs have proven its reliability, and in the harshest of environments.

1,720 Nm Peak Vehicle Torque
130 kW Peak Vehicle Power (170 bhp)
10.5 kWh/100km Energy use at highway speed (100 km/h)

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