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    Anyone track their Abarth?

    I know this is the AutoX forum, but it seems the "racing" forums is all about F1 and Nascar..

    I am thinking of taking my otherwise stock (with the exception of coil-over and wider tires) to a track day.
    I recall my "actual" track car running hot before the radiator upgrade and oil cooler and overall just want to hear to those who track their 500's

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    There have been a few threads on track days.

    I drove my Abarth a weekend of HPDE 1 with NASA in May this year at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina. I had no issues with over heating over 9 sessions, plus the 400 or so miles to and from the track. My only concern was brake pads, so with about 50,000 on the originals (and a lot of autocross), I put new pads on the front and rear, and changed the brake fluid to Dot 4. No issues with brakes after that, the front pads were just about done and probably would NOT have lasted the track weekend.

    Other than brakes, tires are the next big item to make sure has plenty of wear for harder use on track. I just used my Bridgestone RE71R (summer performance tires) and they did fine.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 54K miles, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 currently 1st place in HS: 2016+2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014+2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Here's a recent thread with some track day discussion: http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showt...ight=track+day
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 54K miles, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 currently 1st place in HS: 2016+2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014+2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
    My Car blog: http://www.nms-racing.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Nixon View Post
    There have been a few threads on track days.

    I drove my Abarth a weekend of HPDE 1 with NASA in May this year at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina. I had no issues with over heating over 9 sessions, plus the 400 or so miles to and from the track. My only concern was brake pads, so with about 50,000 on the originals (and a lot of autocross), I put new pads on the front and rear, and changed the brake fluid to Dot 4. No issues with brakes after that, the front pads were just about done and probably would NOT have lasted the track weekend.

    Other than brakes, tires are the next big item to make sure has plenty of wear for harder use on track. I just used my Bridgestone RE71R (summer performance tires) and they did fine.
    Out of curiosity what fluid did you run?
    I usually run Motul 600 but have been wanting to try ATE 200.

    I will check the other thead you referenced.

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    +1 for brakes... the stock setup works fine enough for autocross, but I experienced a good bit of fade after just a few laps on the track. I plan on following Robert's advice and trying EBC Yellows.

    Are you hoping for something different out of the ATE fluid? I thought Motul had a slightly higher boiling point...

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    To be honest I don't remember what fluid I went with, it was probably the cheaper DOT 4 at an auto parts store. I know there is a wide range of prices on DOT 4, but I'm not racing Formula 1 or anything!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 54K miles, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 currently 1st place in HS: 2016+2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014+2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Okay, well we know Dot 4 had a higher boiling point than Dot 3, but within Dot 4 there are different temp ranges.
    I already ordered some ATE 200. I will try that in the fiat.

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    That's the extent of my thinking, at least DOT 4 is more than DOT 3, and a track day is likely to test a car's braking system a LOT more than normal daily driving.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 54K miles, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 currently 1st place in HS: 2016+2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014+2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Robert, is it difficult to change out the pads, or should I just have the dealer do it? I have 60,000 on mine now and although they're okay, they're certainly not like my first two year of AX.
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    I thought the brake pads were fairly simple to change. I had to buy a 12 dollar tool for the rears because the pistons have to rotate when you push them back in, but that was the only learning experience for me. If you don't like jacking up the car and crawling under it, easier to go to any garage or find a car buddy to lend a hand.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 54K miles, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 currently 1st place in HS: 2016+2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014+2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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