When Doug Kerr read about a Chevrolet Bolt EV being used to compete in autocross, he decided to convince his daughter, Andrea, to race her Fiat 500e at a Southern California SCCA event. And now, Green Car Reports has created an autocross review of the 500e.
Kerr wasn’t sure whether or not the car would even be permitted to run, as it hasn’t yet been classified by the SCCA. There’s no real precedent to follow either, as the base model 500 is not allowed to run due to rollover risks while the 500 Abarth is.
When the car showed up at the event, the event manager and the rules-safety officer made a game-time decision. Between their measurements and the 600+ pound battery underneath the car, they figured the car didn’t have the same potential to flip as the base 500. Thus, an instructor at the even was able to pilot the 500e and offer a review of its autocrossing capabilities.
With it’s small size and center of gravity the Fiat 500e was described as a neutral handling car with gobs of torque that allow it to keep up with much faster cars. With the instructor behind the wheel, the 500e placed among the top 10 vehicles in its class. He noted how much fun the car was, and the potential it had with a decent set of tires.
Unfortunately this is expected to be the last time we hear of the 500e competing at an autocross event, as its specs are much too similar to the 500.