X

Hitting the Streets of Willow in the 2019 Fiat 124 Abarth and 500 Abarth

We attended a one-day racing school with Fiat and Skip Barber Racing in the California desert and learned a ton while having fun.

c3b3-c-c-400x400
c3b3-c-c-400x400

Kyle Hyatt

See full bio

dsc-0234re-fiat
1 of 63 Fiat

2019 Fiat Abarth track day

The 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth proved to be surprisingly involved on track, but ultimately rewarding.

dsc-0284re-fiat
2 of 63 Fiat

The Fiat 124 Abarth proved to be the more forgiving of the two Abarth vehicles on track, despite its rear-wheel drive layout.

dsc-0297re-fiat
3 of 63 Fiat

The light weight and precise steering made the 124 Abarth a joy to hustle around the Streets of Willow.

dsc-0338re-fiat
4 of 63 Fiat

Being front-wheel drive, the 500 Abarth required more muscle to get it around corners neatly but it also proved happy to rotate off-throttle.

dsc-0466re-fiat
5 of 63 Fiat

Fiat provided both the 124 and 500 Abarth models in manual and automatic transmission guises, though the former is absolutely the way to go.

dsc-0485re-fiat
6 of 63 Fiat

Both Abarth models have managed to keep, and in the 124's case improve on, their famously fun exhaust notes.

dsc-0558re-fiat
7 of 63 Fiat

While the 124 Abarth is a sweetheart to drive on track, it could definitely use a little more power.

dsc-0586re-fiat
8 of 63 Fiat

The car's balance and response were highlights of the on-track experience.

dsc-0858re-fiat
9 of 63 Fiat

Fiat provided access to a team of highly qualified Skip Barber Racing School instructors for the day.

dsc-0914re-fiat
10 of 63 Fiat

The Barber instructors put us through our paces on the autocross course, the skidpad and finally the road course at Streets of Willow.

dsc-0946re-fiat
11 of 63 Fiat

Click through for more photos from our day on the track.

dsc-0997re-fiat
12 of 63 Fiat
dsc-1035re-fiat
13 of 63 Fiat
dsc-1164re-fiat
14 of 63 Fiat
dsc-1213re-fiat
15 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-1223re-fiat
16 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-1313re-fiat
17 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-1356re-fiat
18 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-1376re-fiat
19 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-1415re-fiat
20 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-7314re-fiat
21 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-7387re-fiat
22 of 63 Fiat
dsc-7410re-fiat
23 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-7650re-fiat
24 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-7748re-fiat
25 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-7799re-fiat
26 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8054re-fiat
27 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8159re-fiat
28 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8286re-fiat
29 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8368re-fiat
30 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8572re-fiat
31 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8613re-fiat
32 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8672re-fiat
33 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8692re-fiat
34 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8728re-fiat
35 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8747re-fiat
36 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8798re-fiat
37 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8876re-fiat
38 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-8908re-fiat
39 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9153re-fiat
40 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9187re-fiat
41 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9213re-fiat
42 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9255re-fiat
43 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9309re-fiat
44 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9376re-fiat
45 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9387re-fiat
46 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9397re-fiat
47 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9404re-fiat
48 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9434re-fiat
49 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9440-fiatre
50 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9450re-fiat
51 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9463re-fiat
52 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9471re-fiat
53 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9522re-fiat
54 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9528re-fiat
55 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9570re-fiat
56 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9590re-fiat
57 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9616re-fiat
58 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9661re-fiat
59 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9685re-fiat
60 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9953re-fiat
61 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9963re-fiat
62 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

dsc-9985re-fiat
63 of 63 Fiat

FIAT track day 2018

More Galleries

2023 Honda CR-V Is Coming This Summer

More Galleries

2023 Honda CR-V Is Coming This Summer

4 Photos
2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

93 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

80 Photos
The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition Takes Us Back

More Galleries

2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition Takes Us Back

13 Photos
2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

More Galleries

2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

53 Photos
Rolls-Royce's Second Boat Tail Is Brown and Beautiful

More Galleries

Rolls-Royce's Second Boat Tail Is Brown and Beautiful

62 Photos