Because who wants a sports car with only 164 horsepower?
Before pressing play, skip to 1:35 in the video to avoid an ad for a watch that you’ll only waste money that could go towards car parts on. Good to go? Perfect, because the ensuing video is a guide that shows you how to unlock the greatest potential out of the Fiat 124 Abarth Spider. With the Abarth package, the 124’s softer suspension is exchanged for a set that works better in the corners. The exhaust is modified as well and horsepower goes up.
The problem is that the horsepower gain is only four ponies strong, leaving quite a bit to be desired given how well the 124 handles. That’s why Eddie, the owner of this crazy car, modified it to make about 220 horsepower, all of which is sent to the rear wheels through a proper manual transmission.
To upgrade the tiny turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, Eddie needed to exchange the stock spool for a larger turbocharger. What results is a car that just begs to be driven fast. With the top down, a volley through the corners brings life to the driver. However, with a feather-light footprint, the Fiat also feels dynamic. Regardless of how much better he's made his 124, Eddie wants more power and more speed. His previous project, a 400 horsepower Fiat 500, used a larger turbocharger than the one he used on the 124. With plans to exchange the 124's turbo for the same one used in the 500, Eddie could soon be the owner of the world’s most desirable 400 horsepower Fiat 124.