Buy a Hotter Fiat, Get Free Track Time: FCA
If the one thing stopping you from buying an Abarth-spec Fiat model is the nagging question of whether you’ll get free track time out of the deal, consider your question answered.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced yesterday that anyone buying or leasing a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth or 500 Abarth model has a year to sign up for the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, free of charge. Your tiny turbo won’t know what hit it.
Bondurant normally deals in horsepower monsters like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Viper, but size isn’t everything, especially when there’s an FCA promotion brewing.
The newly formed Fiat Trackside and Road Rally driving programs kick off this November. Abarth owners, as well as Abarth fans (how many of you guys exist, really?) can learn how to put the tiny Italians though their paces on the track.
First, you’ll need to book a weekend in Chandler, Arizona. There, instructors from the school will guide drivers through skid, slalom, autocross and team rallycross activities, hopefully boosting owners’ racing status from “novice” to “somewhat experienced.” The next day brings a 180- to 220-mile rally on sun-baked Arizona highways.
FCA wants “to provide (Fiat) fans with the knowledge, skills and setting they need to fully experience the performance that the Abarth models can deliver,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA’s North American passenger car brands, in a statement.
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