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Offline EvoCymru

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Abarth 595 MTA as track car?
« on: October 26, 2021, 02:44:43 pm »
Afternoon all,

After some thoughts on the above please…..

Short story is I need an auto due to dodgy knee and have always enjoyed the odd track day so wondered if a MTA would work? How robust are they? How often does the clutch need doing??

More generally how are the 500’s on track? Thinking I would need some mods to improve?? Would they just suffer from terminal understeer??

Any advice appreciated….



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    Re: Abarth 595 MTA as track car?
    « Reply #1 on: October 27, 2021, 12:13:28 am »
    No idea on the MTA, but I'm guessing it must be an improved version of the Alfa Selespeed. That was an unreliable pile of poop unsurprisingly, but the 'box it was developed from was rather spectacular...



    So if it's anything like it's illustrious forebear it'll be great on the track (can it be fitted with flappy paddles?)...

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    Re: Abarth 595 MTA as track car?
    « Reply #2 on: October 27, 2021, 02:00:50 pm »
    Love the vid - one of my all time favourite cars!

    As I understand the MTA is different to the old selespeed system as used on the old Alfas - in fact more like the system used on the Alfa GTA models and Maseratis etc.??

    Unfortunately with my knackered knee I have no choice to go for the MTA regardless…..

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    Re: Abarth 595 MTA as track car?
    « Reply #3 on: October 27, 2021, 03:18:52 pm »
    Alfa GTA Selespeed was near-identical to the standard one, just slightly updated and better ecu :)

    I think some of the Abarth MTAs (maybe all?) came with flappy paddles, and judging by my experience with a well tuned auto Subaru on the twisty roads round where I live, there's no reason you shouldn't be turning in faster lap times than with a manual box (assuming the MTA keeps up and is reliable) since you won't have that 'think-push clutch-change gear-release clutch' combo to do so you might knock a few tenths off your manual 'box lap times, all other things being equal.