Following the successful launch of the Fiat 500 in 2007 it did not take long for the Fiat competition collaborators, 'Abarth', to get its hands on the 500 and in 2008, the 'Abarth 500' was released. With the addition of a turbocharger it brought the 1.4L engine up to 133bhp with uprated suspension and a variety of other performance modifications to boot. With the advent of a well-prepared road car came a race series - the Trofeo Race Series to be exact in the BTCC TOCA package. The bodyshells arrived at the factory in Turin with fully prepared FIA approved roll cages and were fitted with Punto EsseEsse engines mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. They were capable of over 180 bhp.
Offered here is a purpose built Abarth Assetto Corse racecar that was used in the single season that the Trofeo Race Series existed.
Purchased by its previous fiat specialist owner 5 years ago, it was converted to a road legal form and has covered just over 3000 miles since. All race preparation parts removed in the process have been retained to enable it to be put back to full race specification if required.
This is a genuine works racer with all the associated fittings, made exclusively for the factory series and campaigned to victory in races 1 and 2 of the UK championship. Fully welded roll cage and works-specific gearbox and most fittings.
This car is not for the faint hearted, producing approximately 190bhp in standard form it is not a spruced up road car. It is noisier than any road Abarth and comes equipped with a quieter exhaust, although all track equipment including exhaust, wheels and suspension are included and can easily be fitted.
The price includes a full service and new MoT. This is a rare car and a huge amount of fun on the road or track!
The new owner of this Assetto Corse will have various options, which might include a return once again to the circuit, sprints, hill climbs, or even tarmac rallying.
If the new owners do plan to get involved in competition again, they would be well advised to make sure that the car complies with current MSA and FIA regulations and should also satisfy themselves that all safety equipment is appropriate and is in-date if required.