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The Fiat 500 Abarth At The Targa Newfoundland: Video 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Kurt, Targa Newfoundland, video on 10 31st, 2012

Now that we’ve run One Lap of America, the next motorsport event on our bucket list is the Targa Newfoundland. Essentially a series of stage races on closed public roads in Newfoundland, Canada, the race is renown for its challenging drives, spectacular scenery and warm hospitality. In fact, the only thing preventing us from running it in 2013 is our appalling lack of budget.

Until we hit the lottery, you’ll have to make do with this video of pro-drifter turned rally driver Samuel Hubinette, running the Targa Newfoundland with co-driver Jen Horsey in a Fiat 500 Abarth. According to Brandt Rosenbusch, Abarth Racing Team manager, the 500 Abarth entered was prepped for competition by gutting the interior, adding a roll cage, bolting in racing seats and harnesses, then adding a coilover suspension. While the car likely wasn’t the fastest in its category, we’re sure it was competitive.

The basic race is five days and covers some 2,200 kilometers (1,367 miles), but just getting to Newfoundland takes a serious amount of driving (or flying, if you’ve got the budget to have your race car hauled there). It’s run regardless of weather, which happened to include a hurricane during this year’s race; in other words, competitors really do need to be prepared for any eventuality.

It looks like Fiat is producing several videos from its experience at the 2012 Targa Newfoundland, so we’ll bring you the others as soon as Fiat puts them up.

Fiat Campaigning 500 Abarth In This Year’s Targa Newfoundland: Video 10
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Kurt, News, Targa Newfoundland, video on 09 10th, 2012

Samuel Hubinette is probably best known for driving his Formula Drift Dodge Challenger sideways through a corner in a cloud of tire smoke, but that doesn’t mean the Swedish driver is incapable of going fast in a front drive car, too. To prove it, Fiat is having Hubinette and co-driver Jen Horsey run this year’s Targa Newfoundland in a specially-prepared Fiat 500 Abarth.

The Targa Newfoundland is a six-day event that allows drivers of both vintage and contemporary sports cars to test themselves against the clock on the roads of Newfoundland, Canada. The six-stage (counting the prologue) event covers some 1,400 miles of both paved and gravel roads, ensuring that competitors have the opportunity to put all their car control skills to the test.

To win, Hubinette and Horsey will need to deliver the lowest time for each stage, beating the established time for their class by the largest margin (with the lowest amount of accumulated penalties). Hubinette isn’t the only Chrysler employee to run the race, either: Ralph Gilles, head of the SRT division, has run the event several times in the past.