I really believe that the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the most exciting cars on the market. But if you’re looking for a way to make it even more exciting, here it is. This is a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth that’s been converted into a race car, with a totally stripped-out interior and a lot of other race car goodies.
The seller of this 500 Abarth is Continental AutoSports, which is one of the Ferrari dealerships in the Chicago area, and the asking price is $25,890. That may seem high, but this 500 Abarth has a lot going for it — most notably, the fact that it’s already been converted into a race car, and that it’s traveled just 1,450 miles. Those are surely track miles, of course, so they probably weren’t gentle — but it’s still a low figure.
According to the ad description from Continental AutoSports, this 500 Abarth is an original Fiat 500 Abarth Challenge Race Car, and the cost to build it was around $45,000. It includes an enormous amount of upgrades, including racing parts basically wherever necessary, from the seats to the suspension to the steering wheel. It even has a roll cage, a "MAX Power" ECM for over 200 horsepower and high-performance "R-compound" racing tires.
In short, while the regular Abarth is a hoot, this one is surely even more exciting, with additional power and all the race goodies you’ll need to take a 500 Abarth to the track — and win.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.