The event had begun in late February in the Dutch village of Lijnden and had visited Belgium and had arrived in Germany when the lockdown went into effect. The Abarth 695 70th Anniversary special edition car then returned to the company’s Heritage Hub in Torino, Italy, to wait out the pandemic.
“We’re restarting the powerful engine of the limited edition created to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Scorpion brand, after the prolonged pit stop over the last few months due to the lockdown,” the company said in its announcement.
“It’s now ready to get back on the road for… a celebration of the Scorpion brand’s history, together with a love for challenge and the constant search for performance.”
“The restart of our European journey is another positive message of getting back to normal,” added Luca Napolitano, head of Abarth brands. “We’ll share feelings and passion with the nearly 130,000 fans in the Abarth community and more than 80 clubs that will bear witness to and support the tour.
“The enthusiasm for our brand, and especially for the #Abarth 695 70° Anniversario special series, is also confirmed by its commercial success: more than half of the 1,949 limited edition models have already been sold.”
The 1,949 hours duration for the drive through seven European countries comprises nearly 80 days and was chosen in tribute to the adventure recounted in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, Abarth said.
The numbers have added meaning since 1949 was the year in which Carlo Abarth, director of the Cisitalia factory racing team, founded his motorsports program and road-car tuning shop. Abarth chose the scorpion, the astrological sign for his birth month, as his company’s logo.