Building any race car is expensive. When competing in something like the World Challenge series you start with a showroom example of your car, strip it to bare bones and then start adding safety features. Figure at least 5 large for a decent cage, another 3-4 grand in misc safety items, a few thousand in wheels, then brakes, suspension and you haven’t even gotten into the engine yet…or spares. This is when you need to go shopping for something used because you can pick up an entire car with spares that was competitive a few seasons ago for the cost of the spares. Find this 2012 Fiat 500 World Challenge Racer offered for $12,500 buy-it-now, here on eBay, located in Winston-Salem, NC.
The Fiat 500 reboot (Nuova 500) should not be confused with Dante Giacosa’s 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500. This new car was launched by Chrysler in 2007, built in Poland or Mexico and tries to put its power to the front wheels. The Fiat 500 did very well in the 2012 World Challenge Touring Class B, with Jonathon Start winning the drivers title in one and the 500 taking 2nd overall in manufacturers points.
No word from the seller on what or how the engine is built in this racer, but expect more power than the stock 1.4 liter rated at 100 horsepower or the Arbath version with the 1.4 liter Multiair engine rated at 135 horsepower.
This car was never registered for the street when new, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be turned into a street car…but it is probably best left as a track only special. Commuting in this thing would not be fun. Or it would be extremely fun…depends on your definition of fun.