When I was at the spring sprints one of the first Fiat Abarth 500’s was being shown around the track. I don’t know how it performs, I would think its performance would be close to a cooper S, I would still perfer the Mini. However the wheels on this thing were stunning, I had to take many photos.
My seat belt malfunctioned at the second to the worst moment. I believe the worst moment would be if your head was accelerating toward the windshield. Second to worst would be when you are signed up for a track day, and the instructor that really wants a ride in a classic mini sits down and it refuses to fasten. The buckle part that has that little press here button in red fractured internally and refused to latch. Lillibeth is a Japan car, meaning she was imported into Japan, and now resides with me. I noticed on my Kubota tractor the other day that the buckle is virtually identical (food for thought) but since I have taken the mini to the track I figured I would upgrade the seatbelts so I bought the three point corbeau’s they don’t retract, but they’ll look really cool.
photos to follow.