Sports car maker Abarth hopes to attract more spectators at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed not just by running though the tracks but also by soaring through the skies. Abarth has made a proposal to enter the Goodwood Aviation Show, a part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed slated on June 29 to July 1, 2012.
To showcase the capabilities of its planes and the possible alliance, Abarth had its branded stunt plane and two high performance plane models -- an Abarth 500 esseesse and an Abarth Punto EVO – lord over the sky on March 14, during the Festival’s press day. The Goodwood Aviation Show is expected to attract a bigger audience during the Festival of Speed, and it will be held at Goodwood Parkland site for the first time, making it more accessible to the event’s 180,000 visitors.
Air displays have attracted plenty of people to the Festival, and if the agreement pushes through, onlookers could expect the Abarth stunt plane to cruise alongside other sky daredevils like the Red Arrows.
Abarth, which has been a regular partaker in the Festival’s Moving Motor Show, hopes that its participation in the Aviation Show would bring a new audience to the performance brand. Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth UK, said that the company is glad to offer its stunt plane to help Goodwood strengthen the link between the Festival of Speed and the Aviation Show.
Gibson said that the audience could easily associate Abarth’s high performance cars running on the Goodwood track with its high performance stunt plane in the skies above the park.
Abarth’s stunt plane used in the demonstration by professional stunt pilot Mark Jefferies is an Extra 300L two-seater aerobatic monoplane that could cruise past 200mph thanks to a 300hp fuel-injected Lycoming AEIO-540 engine. The 300L features a welded steel tube fuselage covered in aluminium and fabric. The company’s performance planes, the Abarth 500 and the Punto EVO are available with starting OTR prices of £14,461 and £16,852 respectively.
The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth was designed, engineered, and tested for high-performance driving as well as enduring capabilities required for track use. To make sure that the vehicle provides the highest driving thrill levels, every hardware piece and every development tuning mile has been examined thoroughly in order to ensure that the DNA of the European model is delivered to driving enthusiasts in North America.
According to Joe Grace, Fiat 500 Abarth Vehicle Line Executive, the new Fiat 500 Abarth is so much more than just the addition of world-class technology and power. It was also designed, developed, as well as tuned to deliver the precision, control, and responsiveness that any performance driver expects. He adds that for owners planning to test the high-performance capabilities and limits of the car, they continued to develop from European models so as to ensure that the new Fiat 500 Abarth lasts on the track.
Similar to the European-spec 500 Abarth that came from the standard Cinquecento, this Fiat 500 Abarth for 2012 builds off the North American-adapted 500 Sport then adds the legendary handling capabilities and performance that made Abarth models a global success either on or off the track.
The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth boasts an enhanced front-suspension and rear-suspension design in order to deliver precision steering, handling, and refinement that are required for high-performance driving.