Abarth logo history
In the 1960s, Abarth CSRL and was quite successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing, mainly in the 850cc class to 2000cc, competing with Porsche and Ferrari Dino 904. Hans Herrmann was a factory driver from 1962 to 1965, winning the 500 km Nürburgring in 1963 with Teddy Pilette
Later, Johann Abt was promised by Carlo Abarth that could drive a factory car for free if he won all the races that he entered almost Abt, winning 29, 30, 30 being the second.
Along with its racing cars, Abarth produced high-performance exhaust pipes. Later, Abarth diversified in producing various tuning kits for road vehicles, mainly for Fiat. Abarth was also associated in producing sports or racing cars with Porsche and Simca. 
Abarth was sold to Fiat on July 31, 1971,  and the racing team sold to Enzo Osella. Abarth became the racing department of Fiat, managed by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi. Some models built by Fiat or its subsidiaries Lancia and Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, the most famous is the Autobianchi A112 Abarth. Fiat Abarth rally group also prepared the cars, like Fiat 124 Abarth and 131 Abarth. In the 80s Abarth name was mainly used to mark the performance as Fiat Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC. The name was almost forgotten in the 1990s and in 2000 was used as an entry model of FIAT cars like the Fiat Stilo Abarth.
In 2007, Fiat Automobiles SpA relaunched the brand with the Grande Punto Abarth and the Grande Punto Abarth S2000. The mark is to be seen as a separate division of the main Fiat brand in a similar way to the Renault Sport is the flagship brand of Renault. It is based on the Officine 83, part of the former Mirafiori engineering plant . The company is CEO Harald Wester. 
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