Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road Race Fiat 500 took on some 90 miles of State Route #318, a wide array of competitive challengers and the legacy that is Carlo Abarth. In Nevada the team of DJ Silva and co-driver Chris Ward finished third while setting the highest trap speed in their class.
Tallini, a second-generation Italian with a Fiat 500 history dating to the age of 8, was an early adapter of the new-to-the-U.S. Fiat. In the short time since the 500 and its performance derivative – the 500 Abarth – hit these shores, Tallini has developed a host of aftermarket modifications, substantially upping the Bambino’s performance. Of course, the menu of mods became even more aggressive with the debut of the Abarth, where Tallini’s experience with turbocharging (for Mitsubishis and Suzukis) was applied to the Abarth’s MultiAir four. For this fall’s Silver State Challenge that ‘menu’ of mods would fill a phonebook. Here, then, is the abridged version.
CARBONTRIX-supplied (and fabricated in carbon fiber) front lip, front lip bezel, mirror covers, rear diffuser, rear emblem bezel, trunk latch cover, carbon fiber hood (with NACA duct and Assetto Corsa extractor), custom front canards and side skirt extensions. All of the mods were accented by Road Race’s proprietary Abarth stripe kit.
The Club Sportivo Abarth enjoyed its third place Silver State (class) finish with the able assist of Road Race’s anodized heat shield, ceramic-coated cold air intake, Road Race’s engine control module, dual tip center exhaust and Corsa Sport HF downpipe.
Supplementing the already-capable Abarth chassis were Stance Encore wheels, Toyo Proxes R1R (205/45-16s) tires, Bilstein B14 PSS coilovers, Road Race Corsa chassis bracing, ‘Big Red’ rear anti-sway bar and Road Race stainless steel brake lines. Tarox supplied the slotted rotors, while Road Race provided the stopping power with its own sport brake pads and cooling duct kit.
At the finish line, Tallini provided a recap: “We are very proud of this accomplishment. Winning the Speed Trap award recognizes the Road Race Fiat’s ability to accelerate away from our bracketed speed to more than ten miles per hour faster than the next category, which included ‘Vettes, Camaros, Shelbys, and Chargers. And the Challenge served as the final Beta Test for the Abarth; our Stage 3 performance package worked beautifully, even at the race’s 6,800-foot elevation.”