• May 3, 2010
Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse – Click above to view the video after the jump

If you carry too much speed into the corner in most racing cars, you're liable to spin out. But then most racing cars have a low center of gravity and a suitably long wheelbase. Suppose, then, that you're driving something a little stouter, like a race-tuned Fiat 500 in the Trofeo Abarth.

One driver found out the hard way while racing at England's Oulton Park. More impressive, though, is that he didn't wipe out, but managed to recover control from one of the closest calls we've seen in a long time. Follow the jump to see what we're rambling about.



[Source: YouTube via DriverSide]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      GIMME ONE :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know where we can watch this series?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome. Those things look like little toys going down the track.
      Remind me of those little toy cars you used to wind up and put a penny in the rear, remember those?
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME! Would love for this series to come to the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm reminded of the epic powerslide save in the BTCC done by jason plato (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPCGnkApnDU&feature=PlayList&p=33837D8F715DA92C&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=65).

      Why is it some of the best saves are done in modest FWD touring cars?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it me or does Paddock Hill Bend produce some of the most amazing saves?

        BTCC is just awesome, and well done to Tom Chilton this weekend, spanking a load of touring car veterans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        because you'd probably be going round in circles in that situation with Rwd. Fwd you can sort of "drag" the car back into line.

        This ones a good one to, at Brands Hatch on the weekend.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R7OuT22XR4
      • 4 Years Ago
      He may have saved the car but I bet he ruined his seat/suit!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fun! You sure can tell the same guy designed the new MINI by the rear view.

      • 4 Years Ago
      clueless customer: so it's two-wheel drive only?
      car salesman: *shifty eyes* ...yes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive and all, but this is a better save:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4LopvgztUY
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that sure was a close call. Was this the result of a too-high center of gravity for the given footprint?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, looks like the curb was just enough lift in combination with the steer input to pop the car up. The second example of Fun With Physics, as it applies to small FWD race cars, today!
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow that was awesome
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