Seeing the FIAT 500 Abarth on a closed race track is always exciting. As we arrived early morning in Austin, Texas, we were greeted by the growl of the Abarth exhaust note. The video crew was setting up. The drivers were hugging turns and fine tuning their driving lines. That wonderful smell of asphalt and rubber filled the air. It was a scene that felt familiar, but little by little, it became clear that something new had arrived.
These were no ordinary drivers. These were international racing superstars behind the wheel.
This was no ordinary FIAT 500 Abarth, either. These scorpions had rolled down their windows…and their rag top.
Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, were testing the FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio in anticipation of its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
We’ll take a moment to let all of that information sink in. Don’t worry; we won’t make you imagine it for yourself. We have the video to prove it.
If that isn’t enough for you, we’re sorry. We’ll be able to tell you more about the FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Trust us, it hasn’t been easy to refrain from shouting it from the rooftops. Let us try and make it up to you. To hold you over, we grabbed some exclusive behind the scenes photos from the video shoot in Austin.
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