We'd grown pretty accustomed to seeing Sam Hubinette sling a Dodge Challenger around a drift course, but the guy knows how to do more than go sideways. Back in September, the Crazy Swede partnered up with Jen Horsey to take on the Targa Newfoundland in a Fiat 500 Abarth in the open class. How'd the team do? The plucky little hatch snagged second place, finishing just one second behind Paul Dyer in his 300 horsepower Mistubishi Lancer Evo IX. That's no mean feat considering the Abarth puts down just 160 ponies of its own.

Fiat worked up a quick video documenting Hubinette and Horsey's efforts over the long week, and you can check it out below. In addition to taking home the silver, the team also walked away with a few other honors, including the Presidents Manufacturers' Challenger award and the Next Generation Challenge title for vehicles with 1.6 liters of displacement and less.



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      Suraj Sharma-Soltis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Proof that driver skill has just as much, if not more, to do with how races finish, than horsepower. I'm sure there were plenty of other factors as well, but one second behind a car putting down twice as much power (nearly) is tremendous.
        jon.blythe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Suraj Sharma-Soltis
        The video was confusing because I thought they lost by a second too, but turns out it was more like 38 seconds. Nothing like corporate pr videos.... http://motoring-event-services.com/FTP%20Folder/TargaResults/TO-Final.pdf
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      mighty mouse.
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wicked little beasties these Abarth 500's. Giant killers some would say.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn - did Fiat also pay everyone else to stay away? I am stunned that they would get 2nd in the Open division. It seems that the Steve Millen and the GT-Rs stayed away this year. I do have to give that little car credit. It's an impressive result.
        james1976hunt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imag
        They left out that two cars in the slower Modern Class beat everyone in their open class.
      Christopher Raymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh
      Wufei
      • 2 Years Ago
      can't believe Hubinette got beat by the imaginary Mistu!
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      No such thing as a 2005 Evo IX.... 2005 was still the Evo 8 The Evo 9 came out in 2006