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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fiat 500 Abarth: Inside Targa Newfoundland

Fiat 500 Abarth Targa Race Car

The Fiat 500 Abarth put on quite a show at this year's Targa Newfoundland Rally. The grueling rally was held over five days, and when the dust finally settled the Fiat 500 Abarth took home the trophy for second place in its class along with the Presidents Manufacturers' Challenger prize and the "Next Generation Challenge" award for cars 1.6 liters and under.

Amazingly, this was all achieved with a car that received minimal preparation. Fiat stripped out the interior, added a roll cage, racing seats and harnesses, a coilover suspension and a Brembo brake upgrade. That was all that was needed to turn the Fiat 500 Abarth into a highly competitive car for the series.

Targa Newfoundland is said to put the equivalent of ten years worth of wear and tear on a car, and 500 Abarth cruised through without issue. The US Fiat 500 Abarth benefits from more than 2 million development miles done on the road and race tracks around the country, including 24 hour endurance events held at Nelson Ledges in Ohio, a notoriously bumpy and demanding course.

The videos here take a look behind the scenes at the 2012 Targa Newfoundland. Expect to see more Fiat 500 Abarths competing next year!

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Videos courtesy of the Fiat USA Youtube Channel

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