We’ve already seen the 300 horsepower rallying version of the Abarth 124 Spider, however Abarth’s plan for racing their new roadster outside of Europe are a little different.
Japanese motorsports team Driving Magic Exedy has teamed up with Abarth to contest this year’s JAF All Japan Gymkhana Championship in a purpose-built Abarth 124 Spider. Team driver Tetsuya Ramano recently completed the first two events of the championship in the car and will soon continue with the third on May 20th to the 21st.
It’s a bit hard to dig up exact details on the Abarth 124 Gymkhana build, but from what we can tell, much of the stock car remains. We imagine Team Driving Magic Exedy boosted the output of the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and retuned suspension, but apart from those upgrades, aftermarket wheels and tires, a roll bar, race seat and a large rear wing, this Abarth 124 isn’t so different from one you’d find in a dealership. Even the factory passenger remains intact.
Check out the video Tetsuya wheeling the car around a Gymkhana course in the video below and if you like that, be sure to watch the onboard Facebook video we’ve posted below that. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of this cool take on Abarth’s new two-door convertible.