Tyler, the Creator is Mr. Steal Your Girl with this rad ride, teasing “Call me if you get lost.”
Earlier today (June 14, 2021) Tyler, the Creator dropped a teaser to his latest, upcoming song titled, “Call me if you get lost.” In the 40-second clip, Tyler, the Creator is seen passionately making out with some random girl on the hood of a bright pink, boxy looking, Euro car. But, what kind of car is it?
True to form, the pink car featured in Tyler, The Creator’s “Side Street teaser is either a genuine Fiat 131 Abarth Rally car or a bog-standard Fiat 131 rally car outfitted with Abarth Rally aero. Either way, it’s one unique car that’s sure to throw the internet for a loop in the most rad way possible.
Here’s the teaser video below. I’ve also thrown in some Fiat 131 Abarth Rally car footage just to show you how rad these vintage rally cars really are.
If Tyler, the Creator’s pink car is a genuine Fiat 131 Abarth Rally, it’s special for one particular reason. Homologation.
Back in the late 70s, every car manufacturer wanted in on the wild sport of rallying. But, in order to race their hotted up econo-cars, they had to sell a specific number of rally-cars for the street. For Group 4 rallying, that number was 400.
So, in cooperation with Bertone and Abarth, Fiat built 400 Fiat 131 Abarth Rally cars for homologation and sold them to the public. Regular 131s came stock with 1.3L and 1.6L four cylinder engines that put out, at most, around 74 HP at the crank.
These 131 Abarth Rally cars received a special twin-cam engine equipped with a sportier carb and special tuning that pumped power to 138 HP and 127 lb-ft at a low 3,600 rpm. Race spec 131s wrung that out to 240 HP. That might not sound like a lot but it was the late 70s, and these mini-pasta rockets only weighed around 2,100 pounds.
Beronte’s styling added those iconic fender flairs, scooped spoiler, plastic mud guards, and various other light weighting on the hood and trunk.
What results is an iconic looking Euro rally car made from a family sedan that was never meant to be driven as hard as it did. Fiat won the WRC Group 4 manufacturer’s championship in 1977, 1978, and 1980.
If you’re wondering how Tyler, the Creator even got interested in this obscure-to-Americans rally car, it might’ve been from Hot 97’s Funk Flex. During a 2019 Interview, Flex and Tyler got to talking about cars and Flex says,
“… there’s a Fiat that is a famous rally car and is why that body style (Euro rally cars in general) is popular. I’m going to send it to you. I have it in AFX version (AFX is a type of slot car) and I been looking for one of these for a minute. Imma send it to you, you’re going to like it.”
Was Flex talking about Fiat 131s? Chances are, yes. Mention Fiat Rally car and the one that immediately comes to mind IS the 131.
And I mention “true to form” for Tyler, the Creator because the young music creator’s been spotted in L.A. in another Euro classic, a Lancia Delta Integrale HF.
Tyler, the Creator, single handily making Euro Rally cars relevant to Gen Z.