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fredfrey
12-08-2011, 04:26 PM
I'd rather have the Competizione seats in my Abarth. Perhaps a special order?

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blefevre
12-08-2011, 04:42 PM
You could order them from Europe. Or wait for a US Abarth special edition with those seats.....you know it will happen eventually.

luke_vibert_uk
12-08-2011, 04:48 PM
That trim spec is specific to the Competizione, however two trims of the same seats (Sabelt) are available through the Abarth accessories catalog.

http://www.tmcmotorsport.com/Abarth_Interior.aspx

Prices start at £1623.50 (+VAT @20%) = £1948.10 plus fitting.... just shy of the cost of an Esseesse kit.

fredfrey
12-08-2011, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the link! Iv'e written to them to see the cost of shipping.
I doubt I'll be able to order my Abarth sans seats....

I'm not waiting for a US Abarth Special edition. I'm sure an upgrade kit will be made available down the road (with a 180hp boost).

hail2thetheif
12-28-2011, 12:39 AM
Did you ever get a reply back on shipping? I would love some of these in my Abarth. Make the seats hug like my old JDM WRX STi Impreza seats.

Fiat500USA
12-28-2011, 01:33 AM
I'd rather have the Competizione seats in my Abarth. Perhaps a special order?

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Those seats are beautiful. They are in the Fiat 500 Carbon showcar.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6ZhXSN4Be1s/Tsma8t9npwI/AAAAAAAAKOg/39VGtvhAda0/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth_Unveil_pics%252520053.JPG


I asked about them backstage at the launch, currently there are no airbags for them so it doesn't look good at the moment. But that was one month ago, so you never know. I do know they like them.... ;)

TMC Motorsport
12-28-2011, 06:14 AM
Did you ever get a reply back on shipping? I would love some of these in my Abarth. Make the seats hug like my old JDM WRX STi Impreza seats.

Hi folks, I'm Daron from TMC Motorsport, I have looked at various shipping options for you on the seats, because the package is almost pallet size and weighs 66kg its hugely expensive to send by air (almost £1000GBP), the cheapest quote so far was by sea and that still came in at around £600. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get them to US cheaper please let us know. We are happy to supply anything you need for your 500 and Abarth 500 and normally shipping on smaller items is much cheaper but the seats are an exception due to size and weight. Anyone is welcome to contact me at info@tmcmotorsport.com

I'm happy to help with any questions. Happy holidays.

Regards
Daron
TMC

hail2thetheif
12-28-2011, 12:04 PM
Worst case you save up a ton o cash and get them from that source. I've shipped a set of WRX seats before from UK Ebay. Was about £200......

On top of that price, it's no cheap endeavor. Doesn't mean it wouldn't be worth it though.

luke_vibert_uk
12-28-2011, 12:26 PM
Do the US seats have to have airbags though?...they are fitted as standard in the A500 here but by paying for the option seat you sacrifice the airbag but no issues with the type approval regs, even when installed by Abarth.

VTEC Mini
12-28-2011, 01:16 PM
Those are slick!

hail2thetheif
12-28-2011, 02:13 PM
Do the US seats have to have airbags though?...they are fitted as standard in the A500 here but by paying for the option seat you sacrifice the airbag but no issues with the type approval regs, even when installed by Abarth.

I'm not sure if they "have" to have seats w/airbags. It seems we treat safety a bit more crazy here than the rest of the world so I'm not to sure if it's acceptable to sacrifice that option at the dealer. I sure would if I could. I'm strongly considering saving up some cash for them if no option appears at the dealer ever.

Fiat500USA
12-28-2011, 04:59 PM
Suing people and companies is a national past time here, so even with every disclaimer in the world, it wouldn't stop someone from litigating. They still might be worth selling, but to a layman like me I don't see how.

VTEC Mini
12-28-2011, 06:36 PM
Suing people and companies is a national past time here, so even with every disclaimer in the world, it wouldn't stop someone from litigating. They still might be worth selling, but to a layman like me I don't see how.I agree- it's disgusting. When someone can sue McDonald's for hot coffee when everyone knows coffee is hot and it says "hot" right on the cup is pretty pathetic. Those are the ones to blame on why we can't cool seats like the Euro version.

hail2thetheif
12-28-2011, 08:21 PM
Those schmucks!!!

DLAbarth
12-30-2011, 05:33 PM
After market seats are installed all the time in the US without airbags. Germans must have an inspection every 3 yrs(TUV). Its fairly strict because one can actually drive at speed. I am not aware of any fellow Abarth owners having a problem with seats. Plus many airbag features are still optional(additional airbags beyond dash mounted/steering wheel). Id get these from TMC if you really want them. TMC have a superb reputation. Surf Abarthisti.co.uk as well.
Cheers from Germany....DL

GileraWarren
12-30-2011, 07:13 PM
Those seats are beautiful. They are in the Fiat 500 Carbon showcar.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6ZhXSN4Be1s/Tsma8t9npwI/AAAAAAAAKOg/39VGtvhAda0/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth_Unveil_pics%252520053.JPG ;)

Wow that's menacing looking Abarth. Is that the same ride height as the USA Abarths?

VTEC Mini
12-30-2011, 08:18 PM
Wow that's menacing looking Abarth. Is that the same ride height as the USA Abarths?Thats not an Abarth. It is a standard 500 with Mopar accessories.

VTEC Mini
12-30-2011, 08:20 PM
After market seats are installed all the time in the US without airbags. Germans must have an inspection every 3 yrs(TUV). Its fairly strict because one can actually drive at speed. I am not aware of any fellow Abarth owners having a problem with seats. Plus many airbag features are still optional(additional airbags beyond dash mounted/steering wheel). Id get these from TMC if you really want them. TMC have a superb reputation. Surf Abarthisti.co.uk as well.
Cheers from Germany....DLThis makes me wonder though about states like Virginia that have state inspections. I left VA before airbags but I know it is a safety check of vehicles that must be done every year.

geeded
12-30-2011, 08:50 PM
This makes me wonder though about states like Virginia that have state inspections. I left VA before airbags but I know it is a safety check of vehicles that must be done every year.

When I used to live in Virginia, they had a FULL inspection every SIX MONTHS plus a ridiculously high auto property tax, and State Troopers who make the OHIO ones look like Mother Teresa (also radar detectors are illegal there, not that it ever stopped me)!

I left as soon as possible... ended up in NC but would have loved to be in SC except my Mountains end at the border.

Cheers

VTEC Mini
12-31-2011, 10:03 AM
When I used to live in Virginia, they had a FULL inspection every SIX MONTHS plus a ridiculously high auto property tax, and State Troopers who make the OHIO ones look like Mother Teresa (also radar detectors are illegal there, not that it ever stopped me)!

I left as soon as possible... ended up in NC but would have loved to be in SC except my Mountains end at the border.

CheersYeah, I hated Virginia. Believe me when I say I didn't shed not one tear when I left.

Fiat500USA
12-31-2011, 01:37 PM
After market seats are installed all the time in the US without airbags. Germans must have an inspection every 3 yrs(TUV). Its fairly strict because one can actually drive at speed. I am not aware of any fellow Abarth owners having a problem with seats. Plus many airbag features are still optional(additional airbags beyond dash mounted/steering wheel). Id get these from TMC if you really want them. TMC have a superb reputation. Surf Abarthisti.co.uk as well.
Cheers from Germany....DL

The problem is a company like Chrysler has deeeeep pockets and is a target for a lawsuit. A small time company is less likely to be targeted because there are little assets. Then again, a small company might not have access to strong legal counsel, so who knows! I guess that's what insurance is for, and I wouldn't be surprised if insurance costs make up for a large part of the price on things like seats, etc.

I was once told it takes like 30 days to send out an email in an un-named big corporation because it has to go through the legal department to make sure pics and language doesn't expose the company to risks, etc. Crazy....

TMC Motorsport
01-04-2012, 08:08 AM
I have just had a meeting with DHL regarding shipping the Sabelt seats, they can ship a pair of seats for us for £550 insured (approx) to USA on a 1-2 day delivery time, this service can also be used for any other Abarth 500/Fiat 500 parts we supply with shipping costs varying depending on size and weight.

The Sabelt seats as someone mentioned earlier in the thread do not have side airbags and use special connectors to stop the car showing a side airbag failure warning light.

Cheers
Daron
TMC Motorsport

SpidArman
01-04-2012, 11:17 AM
I have just had a meeting with DHL regarding shipping the Sabelt seats, they can ship a pair of seats for us for £550 insured (approx) to USA on a 1-2 day delivery time, this service can also be used for any other Abarth 500/Fiat 500 parts we supply with shipping costs varying depending on size and weight.

The Sabelt seats as someone mentioned earlier in the thread do not have side airbags and use special connectors to stop the car showing a side airbag failure warning light.

Cheers
Daron
TMC Motorsport

Hi Daron,

Would shipping multiple sets be cheaper? For instance, if we had 3 sets shipped to the US to a single address....

Best Regards,

Arman

TMC Motorsport
01-04-2012, 01:20 PM
Hi Daron,

Would shipping multiple sets be cheaper? For instance, if we had 3 sets shipped to the US to a single address....

Best Regards,

Arman

Hi Arman, I would say yes if they went by sea as we could put maybe 3 sets on a pallet but by sea takes several weeks, I would guess a pallet by sea would cost around £600-700. DHL go by air for 1-2 day delivery direct to your door, adding more seats just adds size and weight so would increase cost, it may be slightly cheaper than sending 3 sets at different times but I'm not sure how much cheaper. TBH DHL is a great price, other couriers quoted £960-1300!

TMC Motorsport
01-04-2012, 01:24 PM
You will love these cars when they arrive in US, they are great fun, stunning looking and there are a ton of aftermarket extras for them.

geeded
01-04-2012, 04:13 PM
You will love these cars when they arrive in US, they are great fun, stunning looking and there are a ton of aftermarket extras for them.

Speaking of which, are you going to offer your Abarth "plug and play" tuning kits for the US model since it is using a variation of the Alfa multi-air? TMC has a terrific reputation and I'm sure the Abarth enthusiasts coming online here would love to have a system that can be added and removed as needed.

Cheers

TMC Motorsport
01-04-2012, 04:31 PM
Hi, our plug in kits already work on the multi air, I drive an Abarth Punto Evo which has the 170bhp multi air engine and have a plug in on it, the power is great at around 200bhp and you can take it off in minutes for servicing etc, basically all of our A500 parts will fit your cars too, as I said earlier there is a huge range of accessories available from us. We just released a new titanium exhaust weighing only 5kg (10kg lighter than the original. We can also supply any genuine Abarth parts such as Koni FSD suspension upgrade, Brembo brakes and all the Assetto race car parts if you want your car to look like the Assetto race car. When do the first cars arrive in US? Whats first delivery dates to customers?

geeded
01-04-2012, 05:04 PM
Hi, our plug in kits already work on the multi air, I drive an Abarth Punto Evo which has the 170bhp multi air engine and have a plug in on it, the power is great at around 200bhp and you can take it off in minutes for servicing etc, basically all of our A500 parts will fit your cars too, as I said earlier there is a huge range of accessories available from us. We just released a new titanium exhaust weighing only 5kg (10kg lighter than the original. We can also supply any genuine Abarth parts such as Koni FSD suspension upgrade, Brembo brakes and all the Assetto race car parts if you want your car to look like the Assetto race car. When do the first cars arrive in US? Whats first delivery dates to customers?

If all goes according to schedule, first deliveries are in March.... Hopefully, since I'm in line for one :)

Cheers

TMC Motorsport
01-04-2012, 05:08 PM
If all goes according to schedule, first deliveries are in March.... Hopefully, since I'm in line for one :)

Cheers

You won't be disappointed. These cars are so much fun. What colour and spec did you go for ?

geeded
01-04-2012, 07:21 PM
You won't be disappointed. These cars are so much fun. What colour and spec did you go for ?

White (no pearl for Abarth here), red mirrors/stripe, 16" wheels, red leather, Pkg(climate, Sat radio, alarm), and that's it since it already comes with manual, Koni's & the 160bhp engine.

I know it's a cliche combo but I do like it that way (although I do wish the Pearl White was available). I was just offered the first delivery at my dealer but the first one to each dealer will be in black. Too much upkeep. I've waited this long, I can wait until next month to order exactly what I want.

Cheers

TMC Motorsport
01-05-2012, 04:47 AM
White (no pearl for Abarth here), red mirrors/stripe, 16" wheels, red leather, Pkg(climate, Sat radio, alarm), and that's it since it already comes with manual, Koni's & the 160bhp engine.

I know it's a cliche combo but I do like it that way (although I do wish the Pearl White was available). I was just offered the first delivery at my dealer but the first one to each dealer will be in black. Too much upkeep. I've waited this long, I can wait until next month to order exactly what I want.

Cheers

The white and red is the most popular Abarth colour, funk white (pearlescent) is also really nice, I can't understand why they don't offer it. I also love red/black combo (my Abarth Evo is this combo) , this is my own car:
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/417/imgp0045j.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/imgp0045j.jpg/)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4084/imgp0049n.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/imgp0049n.jpg/)

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4147/imgp0051c.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/imgp0051c.jpg/)

This uses the same 1.4 Turbo multi air engine you will be getting, its an engineering masterpiece, it has huge torque for a gasoline engine, you'll find your little Abarths will wipe the smile off a few V8 drivers faces both in performance and handling, its great that you got the Konis too as these vastly improve the handling. The only other weak point is the standard brakes, if you drive it on a track you'll see this very quickly. Most people upgrade to either Brembo 4 pot calipers with drilled discs or Tarox 6 pots with drilled and grooved discs, we also supply the new Brembo floating two piece discs. We also have a package of 4 grooved discs and front and rear kevlar pads for only £299, added to steel braided brake lines and some race fluid these make the brakes vastly better.

Here are some other colour combos:

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/6670/imgp0023g.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/imgp0023g.jpg/)

This is a car we are currently converting to an Assetto race car look, it now has 230bhp, straight through exhaust without mufflers (not as loud as you might think) track suspension, Brembo big brake upgrade with drilled discs all round, OZ racing alloys, since this photo its had race car decals fitted and is coming back to us next week for Assetto front grille and race spoiler, vents in hood, tailgate spoiler, roll cage and Sabelt leather front seats and a titanium exhaust, it should look like the car below except white with black wheels:

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/3368/2008fiat500abarthassett.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/515/2008fiat500abarthassett.jpg/)
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3368/2008fiat500abarthassett.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/225/2008fiat500abarthassett.jpg/)


We have also done this colour combo for a customer:

http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/9354/20110823151101.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/805/20110823151101.jpg/)

And this colour of an Abarth UK members new A500 I think looks stunning with matt black alloys:

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/3351/dsc02672g.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/151/dsc02672g.jpg/)

Basically all colours look good, its a shame you only get the 16" wheel option as these don't handle as well as 17" but you can upgrade them easily, we have several wheel options including the 17" OZ race wheels shown above which are available in white or black with red or white lettering and can we also supply any of the original Abarth wheels too. The Pro Race 17" wheels shown above in custom painted Porsche GT orange can be made to any offset and any colour you specify.

Last photo is funk white pearlescent with 17" alloys:

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/959/usefirstgotcar2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/718/usefirstgotcar2.jpg/)

SeaDawg
01-05-2012, 09:54 AM
The white and red is the most popular Abarth colour, funk white (pearlescent) is also really nice, I can't understand why they don't offer it.

Basically all colours look good, its a shame you only get the 16" wheel option as these don't handle as well as 17" but you can upgrade them easily, we have several wheel options including the 17" OZ race wheels shown above which are available in white or black with red or white lettering and can we also supply any of the original Abarth wheels too.


I sometimes think it's impossible to understand how Marketing works. As for the 17" wheels, we DO get them, as an option. I think Geeded wants the 16" because he believes that they will provide a smoother ride than the lower profile tires on the 17" rims (and possibly be more resistant to road hazard damage due to the wider sidewall).

geeded
01-05-2012, 06:39 PM
I sometimes think it's impossible to understand how Marketing works. As for the 17" wheels, we DO get them, as an option. I think Geeded wants the 16" because he believes that they will provide a smoother ride than the lower profile tires on the 17" rims (and possibly be more resistant to road hazard damage due to the wider sidewall).

Bingo! On the nose Mate. Our MINI has 45 series tires and I really don't want to go for 40 series. One bad pothole hit (even though most of the secondary roads here are great), and I'd be waiting for a replacement wheel and be out a $500 deductible. Besides, the 16" wheels weigh less than the 17's. Also, the 17's are only available in black or white, I like something in the middle <grin>.

I do believe I'm in for the easy upgrade to 200hp though :)

TMC Motorsport
01-06-2012, 10:28 AM
Here is a very detailed review of our plug in tuning kit vs the SS car, it was written by a customer from the UK Abarth forum:

A couple of weeks ago a friend and I did a little comparison of some little Abarths.
Him being an engineer and very active in German (amateur?) motorsports he knew what he was doing...

Sorry for only finding the time for a write up now Wink

Two cars were used:
Car A: Stock Abarth 500, no modifications at all, approx 2.5k miles, 105.9kW/142bhp/144PS
Car A+: Same Car, just the TMC mod (see below)
Car B (that is the engineer’s own car): A500SS. No engine mods. (Big Brembo, Bilstein), done ca. 7k KM (+/- 4.4k mls), 122.8kW/165bhp/167PS

All the above figures were taken at the same RR so we can really compare them.

TMC Mod
Presumably a lot of you guys have done it. If not, give it a try!
Installation is very easy; we did it with some basic tools in less than 30 minutes.
As we have used the same car, it was interesting to see the impact of the box and the measured and subjective performance improvement. As our trials were done with a “new style” TMC box (which apparently “look the same as some G-Tech solutions”, quote of my friend), we tried the settings 6 and 7 (if I am not mistaken, both recommended by TMC). A quick drive in setting 8 has been done too, but not really satisfactory, as the car did not drive well.
In setting 7 the car produced 123.8kW/165bhp/167PS, which is a quite an increase.
The nice thing about this increase is that it is very linear (so pretty close to the standard curve), and also eliminates the dip of power at mid and mid-high rev range.
Subjectively the car feels much chunkier to drive. Low end power is definitely better, but it feels much better over 4k revs. Just looking at the direct numbers of the SS available that day, we almost came to the conclusion that the TMC’d car had the same performance than the SS (which still has the dip at 4.5k revs). It would have been interesting to see how the SS would have performed with a TMC, but unfortunately we did not have that much time (and the other guy a boat to catch later that evening...).

Driving performance:
We did two basic tests, both measured with a Racelogic Driftbox (so as accurate as it can get without using high-end test facilities and material). Conditions were dry road, but quite humid air and 11C outside temperature (should be good for turbocharged engines).

0-100kmh (so 0-62mph)
3 measurements were done by each of us on each car to eliminate driver mistakes.
One measurement would be the average of two drives - “up the road” and “down the road. (Although the place where we tested was straight, but we wanted to avoid downhill/uphill differences, wind, etc).

Overall average 0-62 times were
A500: 7.96
A500TMC: 7. 38
A500SS: 7.29

The fact that the SS had the Michelin tyres that clearly worked better (probably in general, but specifically that day), was surely a little advantage to the SS. Anyways it shows how good the power delivery is, and for such size of car the performance is quite remarkable.

It must also be said though, that a TMC’d or SS 500 will surely never break the <7 seconds to 62mph, unless significant changes (not talking about an airfilter here...) will be made in terms of performance (bigger turbo, more bhp), or significant weight loss.

Unfortunately we ran a little out of time, getting distracted driving around some nice roads, and as my friend and his car had to catch a boat, we could not really do a representative torque test (acceleration in gear). We did some quick checks with the SS and the TMC, but do not have numbers for the standard A500.

3RD gear from 50-70
(Driving at 40 mph, fully accelerating and measuring 50-70 only)
A500TMC in average 3.61s
A500SS in average 3.53s

Same in 4TH gear
A500TMC 4.61s
A500SS 4.70s

Will do a write up in a separate thread for the subjective impressions of us two on the comparison between the brakes (significant) and suspension (worlds of difference).

Maybe this summery will help the people out there to make a decision for their purchase.
In my opinion though, the A500 needs quite some improvements on suspension and brakes before going down the power route.
So comparing a stock A500TMC with a A500SS is all good, but one must note that you have to invest into some better suspension and brakes too, if you plan to take out your Abarth for some faster driving every now and then Wink


Edit:
Might be important to mention that we did not have a problem with neither the TMC nor the SS that entire day, although they were driven fairly hard all day long...

spindoc
01-06-2012, 02:13 PM
its a shame you only get the 16" wheel option as these don't handle as well as 17"

As SeaDawg noted, the US will get the 17" wheels available as an option. I'm wondering if you can elaborate on the difference in handling between the 16" and 17" wheels, and the difference in ride comfort (on a Koni-equipped car). Thanks!

TMC Motorsport
01-06-2012, 02:40 PM
As SeaDawg noted, the US will get the 17" wheels available as an option. I'm wondering if you can elaborate on the difference in handling between the 16" and 17" wheels, and the difference in ride comfort (on a Koni-equipped car). Thanks!
The Koni suspension is a vast improvement over what standard European cars get, as for wheels the 17" are much better for handling than 16".

hail2thetheif
01-06-2012, 10:42 PM
@TMC

How do you think your plug in tuning box will effect our US model? I would assume we won't be able to use it as our vehicle will have a different tune than the EU SS model. Wouldd be awesome if something did come out that could work though. I would love to bump the power on the Abarth up a lil bit eventually.

Definitely considering saving up for those Sabelt seats from you guys and shipping them over. Do they come with a plug that shuts the airbag light off since the seats are missing the side airbags?

TMC Motorsport
01-07-2012, 06:21 AM
@TMC

How do you think your plug in tuning box will effect our US model? I would assume we won't be able to use it as our vehicle will have a different tune than the EU SS model. Wouldd be awesome if something did come out that could work though. I would love to bump the power on the Abarth up a lil bit eventually.

Definitely considering saving up for those Sabelt seats from you guys and shipping them over. Do they come with a plug that shuts the airbag light off since the seats are missing the side airbags?

Hi, no our plug in works perfectly with the 170bhp multi air engine, I have this engine in my own Abarth, this engine is used over here in the Abarth Punto Evo and Alfa Romeo Mito, it puts out around 200bhp with our unit on and loads of torque.

Regarding the seats they do come with airbag bypass connectors and a new subwoofer for under the seat, here are some pics of a leather set which arrived in yesterday:

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/115/imag0906x.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/imag0906x.jpg/)

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4022/imag0907.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/imag0907.jpg/)

http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/9481/imag0908m.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/683/imag0908m.jpg/)

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/6662/imag0909t.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/685/imag0909t.jpg/)

phattbam
01-29-2012, 01:01 AM
Regarding the seats they do come with airbag bypass connectors and a new subwoofer for under the seat, here are some pics of a leather set which arrived in yesterday:

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/115/imag0906x.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/imag0906x.jpg/)

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4022/imag0907.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/imag0907.jpg/)

http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/9481/imag0908m.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/683/imag0908m.jpg/)

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/6662/imag0909t.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/685/imag0909t.jpg/)

Hello Daron, Please check your email. :D looking forward to hearing from you soon.

TMC Motorsport
04-01-2012, 12:36 PM
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Having started racing in 2004, Sarah is one of the few females racing to have taken on the extremely competitive Texaco Havoline Ginetta Championship. Sarah has been steadily honing her driving skills ever since and she is now aiming to expand on her experience with new and exciting challenges.

As a lawyer by day, Sarah knows that hard work is necessary to achieve your goals in life. She is on the Committee of the British Women Racing Drivers Club and is keen to promote women in motor sport. It is, after all, one of the only sports in which both men and women can compete on a level playing field.

Sarah has big ambitions and the determination and talent to follow them through. In 2010 Sarah turned her hand to front wheel drive racing in the Zing Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Championship. With the Championship not being continued by Abarth in 2011, Sarah went back to rear wheel drive in the inaugural 4Two Cup in the Smart Brabus fortwo!. In 2012, Sarah is getting back behind the wheel of her Abarth in the Production Touring Car Trophy.