This weekend a car that many racers are starting to respect will be taking on the longest race in the world. Car no. 58, the Rimicci Corse Fiat Abarth will compete in the United States Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA.
The NASA (National Auto Sport Association) event draws some of the nations top driving talent and challenges their mental fortitude and the mechanical limits of their cars.
Rimicci Corse (based in Northridge, CA) is taking their race spec Fiat 500 Abarth and looking to spoil the likes of many high-horsepower purpose built race cars, much like the little car did at this years Targa Newfoundland (Mopar's Fiat 500 Abarth finished 2nd overall and 1st in its class).
The Rimicci Corse Fiat Abarth was built by Santo's Italian Car Service (Northridge, CA) with parts from 500 Madness (Signal Hill, CA). Parts include a 500 Madness front mount intercooler, Magnelli Marelli engine control modual and power pedal, KW coilover suspension, Stoptech big break kit, 17x8" Racing Dynamic wheels, and a host of safety equipment.
The team aims to take on the Pirelli Wolrd Challenge racing series in 2013 with a gaggle of Abarths. Looks like the little Italian hot-hatch is making its mark in the motorsports of Americans. Lets just hope it sticks around for more than one season. We even hear talk of a Abarth spec series in the works, but have no official confirmation from FIAT or any racing organization at this point.
Check out all 25 Hours of Thunderhill this Saturday, Dec. 8th starting at 11AM PST. You can even follow the Rimicci Corse team on their Facebook page (facebook.com/RimicciCorse). They even have a video up on YouTube introducing the drivers and the car, we warn you the music is a bit over the top but still looks like fun car to flog.