Corsa VXR Nürburgring vs Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
On a rooftop test track high above Turin, a pair of rare hot hatches prepare for a mission to grab your hard-earned...
Posted: 22 May 2012
And the most back-to-front one. Starting at ground level as a floorful of unconnected parts, Lingotto's cars were gradually assembled as they ascended the factory, eventually reaching completion on the top floor to be unleashed for a quick shakedown on the rooftop test track. How did they get that one signed off by Fiat's Health and Safety Department? "Guys, you're going to love this one. Why don't we put our test track on top of the factory? And how about a giant trampoline on the street to get the cars down safely?"
Though the factory closed in 1982 and the building was converted into a posh shopping centre and hotel, Lingotto's rooftop track remains. It's a strange and wonderful place, but not one to truly unwind the fastest Cinquecento in history... at least, not without the risk of becoming the world's first air-to-ground Abarth missile. We need somewhere a little less... plummety.