Fiat 500 USA Homepage

What's new in the Fiat 500 world

Fiat 500X All-Wheel-Drive System-Explored

A look at the 500X's All-Wheel-Drive system and how it stacks up to the competition

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Model Changes

What's new for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

Fiat 500L Design

Within its compact dimensions, the Fiat 500L has the room of a full-sized car. See how Fiat did it and the concept and goals of the design team.

We cover Alfa Romeo!

All you need to know about Alfa Romeo

Fiat 500 How To

See how to install a carbon fiber dashboard on a Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth.

Ride of the Month Contest
Your One Stop Fiat 500 Shop!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Carlo Abarth: King of car tuning



While we wait for the 500 Abarth to show up some time next year, here's a little info on the company and the man.



Abarth is an Italian manufacturer famous for creating record breaking racing cars and performance tuning car engines for regular road use and racing. The company was founded in 1949 by Karl (Carlo) Abarth who was an Austrian that lived in Italy.

Abarth had produced winning race cars for various marques such as Porsche, but became well known for modifying Fiats to produce unbelievable results against all odds. Eventually, in 1971, Abarth sold his company to Fiat where it was put in charge of modifying and producing Fiat race cars.

Below are a couple of short videos on Carlo Abarth, the man (it's safe to watch at work, 'cause there are subtitles and you can turn the volume down, LOL). As you can see from these videos, Abarth was a pioneer in aftermarket exhaust and engine tuning accessories. Every time I see a "tuned" Honda, I wonder how many of their owners know the origin of the car tuning business.

Anyway, enjoy...






With thanks to StorieDelloScorpione's Channel

No comments: