Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10k: Martini Livery: 2012 Fiat 500 World Challenge Racer

Building any race car is expensive.  When competing in something like the World Challenge series you start with a showroom example of your car, strip it to bare bones and then start adding safety features.  Figure at least 5 large for a decent cage, another 3-4 grand in misc safety items, a few thousand in wheels, then brakes, suspension and you haven't even gotten into the engine yet...or spares.  This is when you need to go shopping for something used because you can pick up an entire car with spares that was competitive a few seasons ago for the cost of the spares. Find this 2012 Fiat 500 World Challenge Racer offered for $12,500 buy-it-now, here on eBay, located in Winston-Salem, NC.

The Fiat 500 reboot (Nuova 500) should not be confused with Dante Giacosa's 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500.  This new car was launched by Chrysler in 2007, built in Poland or Mexico and tries to put its power to the front wheels.  The Fiat 500 did very well in the 2012 World Challenge Touring Class B, with Jonathon Start winning the drivers title in one and the 500 taking 2nd overall in manufacturers points.

No word from the seller on what or how the engine is built in this racer, but expect more power than the stock 1.4 liter rated at 100 horsepower or the Arbath version with the 1.4 liter Multiair engine rated at 135 horsepower. 

This car was never registered for the street when new, but that doesn't mean that it can't be turned into a street car...but it is probably best left as a track only special. Commuting in this thing would not be fun.  Or it would be extremely fun...depends on your definition of fun.

See another track rat?   Hat tip to Fast In Fast Out.


  1. Where on earth are you paying $5k for a cage? Last race car I built, it cost $1500 for a cage including certification, and that was much nicer, better thought through, and more tidily build than the cage in this Fiat.

    1. Ummm...Handsome Huberts House of OverPriced Cages? In truth the last cage I had put into a 24Hrs of LeMons car 2 years ago cost about $3k IIRC, and I assume the requirements for a World Challenge car would be more stringent. If you build/install it yourself, it'll certainly be cheaper, but perhaps $5k is a bit much. What about $5k for cage, seats, harness & netting?

  2. i remember a guy once telling me the cheapest way to get into real racing was with a completely stock version of the most basic cheapo new car on the market and race against all the same model - which at that time was a renault alliance - and i'm like, whaaaat?

  3. We've said it before, we'll say it again: Don't build a racecar—BUY a racecar.


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