• Nov 19, 2009

Romeo Ferraris 500 Abarth endurance racer – Click above to view in high resolution

Think you've seen the most hardcore 500 already? Sure, Abarth has churned out some pretty wicked versions of the retro-hatch, but even the 695 Tributo Ferrari and R3T rally machine can't hold a candle to the beast above.

Given the name, you might think this latest Cinquecento was the result of another collaboration between Abarth and its big sister companies. But this 500 is actually a product of independent racing garage Romeo Ferraris, which has rebodied the 500 in carbon fiber and fitted it with a wing that looks big enough to sustain a jumbo jet's flight path. If that's not bonkers enough, Ferraris has squeezed out an insane output of 360 horsepower from the Abarth's 1.4-liter turbo four. That's more than 257 horsepower per liter, and rivals even the similarly insane 427 Cinquecento from SEMA for pure lunacy.

Drivers Aldo Cerruti, Michela Cerruti and Mario Ferraris will be taking turns behind the wheel at the upcoming 6 Hours of Vallelunga endurance race on November 22. We'd suggest everyone else get the hell out of the way.

[Source: CarScoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That little car looks ANGRY!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      More = better
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a insane little thing, reminds me of Renault 5 Turbo II. I need to find a video, this thing must sound like a monster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is 360 hp out of a 1.4 such a big deal?

      honda boys have been getting 6-800 hp out of 1.6 and 1.8 L honda motors since the late 90's....
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the early 80's formula 1 teams were getting 1500hp out of 1.5 liters.

        Getting massive amounts of power out of a small engine isn't a big deal you're right, what is a big deal is getting the engine to last any amount of time. The fact that they're confident enough to run it in an endurance race is a good sign, although I wouldn't expect it to last anywhere near as long as a normal engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since the late 90s huh? Ever heard of the turbo era of Formula 1, or Group B? 1000hp+ out of a 1.5 liter inline 4 is nothing new either, and it was going on well before the 90s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wanted to say this a while ago, but I already had two comments up here, lol.

        I guess everyone forgot the likes of Stephan Papadakis
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like Phil beat me to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can a shop be any more Italian than one named Romeo Ferrari?
      • 5 Years Ago
      With 360hp out of a 1.4L it probably has some annoying turbo lag. Also I hope it's still not FWD....giant wing out back would be pointless and torque steer would be atrocious.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and all those people want a v8

      scr*w the v8

      : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      awwwh...this is one sweeet lil car.. i luv the blackness!!

      Steve
      http://www.isopurewater.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy crap, all that power in a tiny wheelbase should be entertaining, to say the least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is SO going to be a GT5 spec race with these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judging by how modern racing Minis sound in the Grand Am series, I bet this thing punishes spectators with an ear-splitting exhaust note. Watching the Minis race at Barber this summer was just plain unpleasant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is just amazing! Out of a 1.4L engine you can get 360 hp wow! I agree with Syllepses...I want one now!
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