Destined for competition on the track, the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” comes in full racing style, as embodied in its 1400 cc, 16 valve, 190 HP engine, wider track, white 17” light alloy racing wheels, lowered suspensions, and racing mirrors.

The Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” is characterised by an aggressive front decorated with a badge bearing the Abarth logo and, underneath, a broader bumper complete with spoiler and screen-printed grilles instead of the plastic masks of the standard version. In addition to the classic bonnet clips, the bonnet houses two carbon fibre air intakes bearing the Abarth scorpion logo. The rear of the car features a white winged spoiler, a badge bearing the Abarth logo and a twin exhaust pipe. The Abarth identity is expressed to the full with a thunderbolt logo on the side representing the brand’s racing image and a red band and four white chequers on the roof, just as on the winning Abarth 850TC of the 1960s.

Inside, the 500 Abarth “Assetto Corse” is equipped with a roll-bar that is type-approved for racing and is completely hollow to make the car lighter and faster. The race ready car weighs approximately 120 kg less than the road version. Anatomic racing seats and a racing steering wheel make Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” a genuine competition machine – small but packed with aggressive character. And there’s more to it than that! This little racer has been designed for low running costs. With the 500 “Assetto Corse”, Abarth is confirming its determination to make racing accessible to all and to “democratise” the competition scene through events like the Abarth 500 Selenia Trophy and the Abarth 500 Selenia-Europe Trophy, two promotional championships reserved for this car.

The Abarth 500 Selenia Trophy has attracted some thirty competitors. Sicilian Salvatore Tavano is currently heading the points table after the first four races at Monza, Mugello, Imola and Magione. Olympic cycling champion Paolo Bettini is one of the entrants.

Drivers from 9 countries so far have taken part in five events held at the circuits of Valencia (Spain), Brno (Czech Republic), Oporto (Portugal), Brands Hatch (UK) and Oschersleben (Germany).

Entrants come from all walks of life: some, like Tavano, Moncini and Villa are already consolidated champions while others are young or even very young drivers. You can take part in the Abarth 500 Selenia trophies from 15 years of age, provided you have a competition licence issued by your national motor racing federation. This year the under-18s are doing very well and are improving with every race. The Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” is proving to be an excellent training platform. Thanks to its superb road holding, it allows the more skilful drivers to effectively prove their worth.

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