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.

9 responses to “2 Liters. Barely Contained.”

  1. Pilote says:

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

  2. Peter Linsky says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Captain Ned says:

    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 says:

    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!

    • Captain Ned says:

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

  6. Richard Ingham says:

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

  7. Mario Carneiro Neto says:

    “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:

  8. Sandeep says:

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

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