It is more Italian than la mama and it has more firing power than a Sicilian spicy sauce. The Abarth 500 packs a 135bhp punch from its 1.4 litre turbocharged engine and can dash about the city. The 500 series was launched in the UK in 2010 while the limited edition Abarth Assetto Corse are built in Italy. It is a little car with lots of sting: the sort of sting you'd expect from a scorpion, which takes pride of place on the Abarth red and yellow badge. The small supercar is made for city driving at high speed and is part of the Fiat Group. In fact Abarth produces an existing range from the Abarth 500, the convertible Abarth 500C through to the 695 Tributo Ferrari. Born in the industrial city of Turin, Italy in 1949 the Austrian-Italian designer Carlo Abarth started working with Fiat in 1952 naturalized Austrian, Abarth started work on bicycle chassis in his teens and fell in love with automobiles after a motor biking accident stopped his career as a successful bike racer.