2 Liters. Barely Contained.

Here’s a video you can show your muscle car friends when they claim anything packing less than a 427 is just a dainty little commuter. This Abarth 2000 Sport Prototipo piloted by Max Comelli is a rabid wolverine. 2 Liters… a mere 122 cubic inches. This is why I so love these little lightweight racing machines.

1st in class for this run up a Brescian mountainside from Marone on the shore of Lake Iseo to Zone.

Man, I’ve really shortchanged hill climbs. I’ve always treated them as second class to wheel-to-wheel racing. I was wrong. This is thrilling.

DISCUSS (9 Comments)

  1. Pilote

    A 2-liter, geared for hillclimbing, and he STILL does a lot of the course in the bottom 3 gears! Wheeeeeee!

  2. Peter Linsky

    As a former Fiat Abarth owner (x2), I am happy to see these little “Quart in a pint jar” racers finally receive their due.

  3. Robert Grana

    Growing up I was always the”little” guy; I guess that drew me to cars like this!

  4. Captain Ned

    Hill climbs second-class?

    Feast your eyes on the best hill climb movie of all time, Climb Dance. Ari Vatenen driving a turbo Peugeot up Pikes Peak.

  5. Mike Jacobsen

    Fantastic–both films! I’ve not been up that Brescia hill, but I’ve driven the ones on both sides–typical Italian road; Vatanen only goes off the road at PP on the inside! I’d have been over the cliff 20 times!

  6. Captain Ned

    Alas, the road is all paved these days, so we’ll never again see the likes of Vatanen’s run.

  7. Richard Ingham

    great video !!!
    reminds me of racing Targa Florio with Grand Prix Legends !!

  8. Mario Carneiro Neto

    “Man, I’ve really shortchanged hill climbs. I’ve always treated them as second class to wheel-to-wheel racing. I was wrong. This is thrilling.”

    If the Abarth clip convinced you of the awesomeness of Hillclimbing, this oughtta cement the idea:

  9. Sandeep

    So this is where the Grand Prix Legends Ferrari sounds were lifted from.

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