FIAT Brand and Hoonigan Award Micah Diaz a ‘Hoonigans Wanted’ Crown

October 17, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

FIAT Brand North America and Hoonigan, a motorsport lifestyle brand, announced Micah Diaz of Corona, California, as a leader of a Hoonigans Wanted challenge. For his accomplishment, Diaz takes home a track-ready Fiat 124 Spider Abarth that was heavily mutated by a Hoonigan team. The vehicle’s build was aired and can be re-watched in a entirety on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel on their Daily Transmission show.
 
“Congratulations to Micah Diaz for winning a Hoonigan’s Wanted search,” pronounced Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “And special interjection to all of a ardent enthusiasts who took a time to showcase their abilities in a Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 124 Spider Abarth. Abarth models are designed, engineered and tested to broach high-performance, track-tuned capabilities that are ideally situated for a Hoonigan Racer and pushing enthusiasts everywhere.”
 
Among a hundreds of entries perceived around Hooniganswanted.com, usually 10 were selected to contest for a possibility to turn a subsequent Hoonigan. The tip 10 contenders included: Jiyuan (Jackie) Ding (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Kadell  Johnson (San Diego, California); Nick  Baumgartner (Iron River, Michigan); Ashton  Harrison (Villa Rica, Georgia); Brian Smith (Camillus, New York); Micah  Diaz (Corona, California); Jorge Salazar (San Bernardino, California); Jamie  Moreno (Monument, Colorado); Christian  Faloppa (Rochester Hills, Michigan); Jessica Tracy (Warwick, New York).
 
The plea kicked off when finalists arrived during a Grange Motor Circuit in Apple Valley, California, to start their query to join a Hoonigan team. Additional stops were done during Ridgecrest Speedway (Ridgecrest, California), Hawthorne Mall (Hawthorne, California) and Willow Springs International Raceway (Rosamond, California).
 
Judging this year’s finalists were name Hoonigan hosts, as good as luminary drivers and group captains Rhys Millen and Tavo Vildolsola.
 
Over 5 stirring episodes, Diaz rose above a foe and took a tip mark showcasing his skills pushing a Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and a 300-horsepower Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Car. Additional hurdles in a foe enclosed pit-duty teamwork, attempt pushing and time-attack trials. According to a judges, Diaz was also famous for his charming, practical celebrity that complemented his pushing ability set.

“The plea was intense, though competing in a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth was an overwhelming knowledge and unequivocally pushed me as a driver. Also, a other competitors brought their A-game, that done this eventuality even some-more rewarding,” pronounced Diaz. “The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is a many nimble automobile we have ever driven and has extraordinary steering feedback, dilemma braking and altogether doing ability. we can’t wait to get a reason of a subsequent Hoonigan track-ready Fiat Abarth and see what we can do during a track.”
 
Viewers can follow Diaz and a whole Hoonigan group on Hoonigan and FIAT social and digital channels as new antics continue to unfold.

Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 Abarth offers mythological Italian and track-capable opening for adult to 4 passengers. The automobile includes a track-tested, turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, that provides 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque when corresponding to a five-speed primer delivery and 157 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque corresponding with a six-speed involuntary transmission.
 
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Starting subsequent $30,000, a Fiat 124 Spider revives a storied nameplate, bringing a classical Italian styling and opening to a new generation. Paying loyalty to a strange 124 Spider a half-century after a introduction, a Fiat 124 Spider delivers a ultimate Italian roadster knowledge with pushing excitement, record and reserve total with iconic design. Applying a Abarth formula, a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is designed and built for thrills and performance. Key facilities embody rear-wheel drive, a worldly cessation and a four-cylinder turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine providing 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and is accessible with a six-speed primer or six-speed involuntary gearbox with paddle shifters.
 
Abarth Driving Experience for New Owners
Since not everybody can turn a subsequent Hoonigan, new Abarth owners can indulge in a subsequent best thing. Included with a squeeze of each 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth is a event for new owners to attend a segment-exclusive pushing knowledge during no additional charge. The Abarth Driving Experience is an whole day of full-throttle training, guided by veteran instructors from a Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, charity owners and fans of a “small though wicked” Abarth models an event to rise their racing and pushing skills. For some-more information, including accessibility to a ubiquitous public, and to register or to determine either a sole automobile qualifies, greatfully revisit www.abarthexperience.com.
 
About Hoonigan Media Machine
Hoonigan Media Machine produces rarely sharable, award-winning automotive-lifestyle calm for both tip athletes and personalities as good as successful brands. Led by Hoonigan Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Brian Scotto, a HMM group is focused on a ideation, production, and placement of groundbreaking media that celebrates a passion of going quick and violation things.  For some-more information on Hoonigan Media Machine, greatfully visit www.hoonigan.com and remember to always Hoon responsibly.
 

About FIAT Brand
The FIAT code stands for find by ardent self-expression. That truth is embodied by a iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a tiny automobile that lives big. Italian during heart and secure in a abounding heritage, a 500 is sole in some-more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, elementary pattern consistent form, function, record and a honour of tenure that is genuine.
 
In North America, a Fiat 500 was introduced in Mar 2011 and was shortly followed by a Fiat 500c (Cabrio), a high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, a entirely electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and a all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The FIAT code continues to enhance with a introduction of a Fiat 124 Spider, a reconstruction of a iconic roadster that combines Italian style, opening and enchanting pushing dynamics. 

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