Street-legal Abarth features polycabonate glazing

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  • Combination of PC resin & Exatec coating
  • 40% weight savings for front fixed window and sliding panel
  • The reinterpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse

The Abarth 695 Biposto, a street-legal two-seater production model, was recently launched featuring advanced polycarbonate (PC) glazing. The vehicle’s front fixed windows, which include built-in sliding panels, are made from SABIC’s Lexan resin, a PC material, and Exatec coating technology. The Exatec coating plays a decisive role: it is the one solution available in the industry today that meets European regulatory requirements for transparency, scratch and abrasion resistance for PC-based vehicle windows.

40% weight savings for front fixed window and sliding panel

The fixed front windows with sliding panels are features straight from the world of racing and is applied to the Abarth 695 Biposto to help transfer the racing experience of the Abarth brand to the on-road car market. The PC glazing solution makes possible up to 40 percent in weight savings for the front fixed window and sliding panel compared to conventional glass. These savings adds to a number of other weight-reducing measures to help the Abarth 695 Biposto weigh in at just 997 kilograms.

Isoclima, a supplier with twenty years of experience working with some of the racing world’s biggest teams, developed the sliding window concept and assembled the fully glazed windows.

The Abarth 695 Biposto

The Abarth 695 Biposto with polycarbonate glazing

The Exatec coating process

The Exatec glazing system involves applying protective coating layers on the Lexan resin-based windows. First, a hard coat is applied to the thermoplastic windows to ensure resistance to sunlight UV exposure. A glass-like plasma coating is then applied over the hard coat, which delivers an advanced level of protection for scratch and abrasion resistance. This not only improves the weatherability of the hard coat layer, but delivers the performance necessary to meet regulatory standards.

The reinterpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse

The Abarth 695 Biposto (which means “two-seater” in Italian) heralds back to the original super-fast Fiat Abarth from 1964 and is the road-going reinterpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse, which competes on racetracks throughout Europe.

The car’s low weight combined with its 1.4 T-Jet engine tuned to 140kW and 250Nm has resulted in a small supercar that finishes first in its category with the best weight-to-power ratio (5.2 kg/HP) and the best acceleration (0-62 mph or 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds). The car can reach a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

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