FIAT in Motorsport — since 1899

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  • 1787111857
  • 9781787111851
by Tony Bagnall In the early days, before the First World War, Fiat was a major contender in... more
FIAT in Motorsport — since 1899

by Tony Bagnall

In the early days, before the First World War, Fiat was a major contender in Grand Prix racing, and employed many of the leading drivers of the era. Although it withdrew from Grand Prix racing in 1927, Fiat cars were still to be seen participating in high-profile races, such as the Mille Miglia. In these events most Fiat models were sports editions of the highly successful ’Balilla’ range. In 1952 the introduction of the sensational 8V coupé resulted in many racing successes in private owners’ hands, while the late 1950s saw the introduction of ‘Formula Junior’ class of racing and Fiat-engined cars were very successful in the early years.

In the 1970s, Abarth, then owned by Fiat, successfully ran the rally team, which resulted in three World Championships. Speed record attempts over the years are also detailed in this fascinating history of Fiat’s sporting achievements.

  • A fascinating insight into Fiat’s early motor racing exploits
  • Profiles of famous drivers from the early days: Nazzaro, Lancia, and Bordino
  • The astonishing pace of development that took place before the First World War
  • Profile of the ‘Beast of Turin’ – the 28-litre Fiat S76
  • The other giant Fiat, the 21.7-litre SB4 ‘Mephistopheles’
  • The 1920s Fiat Grand Prix cars and their results
  • The highly successful Fiat 508 Balilla and its derivatives
  • The development of the innovative 1952 8-V model (the ‘Otto Vu’)
  • Fiat’s involvement in Formula Junior racing
  • The rallying record of the 131 resulting in three world championships

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 160 Seiten, 195 überwiegend farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text