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Every time I see a Fiat 500 (we have a Fiat store in the mall near where my legal practice is so I frequently walk by) I keep wondering if a nice Cobalt SS driveline would fit into one of those diminutive beasts.

The fact that they weigh about 500 lbs less is the equivalent of having over 300 BHP in a Kappa......and then you start tuning!

 

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Every time I see a Fiat 500 (we have a Fiat store in the mall near where my legal practice is so I frequently walk by) I keep wondering if a nice Cobalt SS driveline would fit into one of those diminutive beasts.

The fact that they weigh about 500 lbs less is the equivalent of having over 300 BHP in a Kappa......and then you start tuning!

Or maybe the drivetrain from your Fiero in the back!
 

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I had the opportunity to drive an Arbath version of the Fiat 500. It was a blast, literally corners on 3 wheels (by design). It gets a lot of smiles and gives people a good laugh when I unfold myself and step out. It's reminiscent of the clown car at the circus. But they are fun to drive. And very reasonably priced.

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Or maybe the drivetrain from your Fiero in the back!
Or both! Except that synchronizing throttles with both a front and rear engine can be a challenge.

Anyone know a car with two motors?

Deep Sanderson. 1963 Deep Sanderson DS 105 "Twinny" - Silverstone Auctions

It had a 1071 cc Downton tuned Mini engine at each end. Did a 10.9 sec. 1/4 mile!

I don't expect that you guys may have heard of Chris Lawrence, but he is a British tuner and racer from the relatively old days who did some outrageous things - ran a business called Lawrencetune and sold parts for all sorts of British iron. I raced with him at Laguna Seca in the early 1980s at which point he'd switched from very fast Triumphs to an AC Aceca coupe - they had a 6 cylinder tuned British Ford engine, and were fairly fast as well as pretty.

Now I've started thread drift in my own thread!

 

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Anyone know a car with two motors?
The Freight Train dragster and the Hurst Hairy Olds.
Getting back to the Fiat going fast, I've seen some very quick Fiat Topolinos in my days.
 

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There was a 98 tiburon with dual turbo engines, did 10s, awd 630 hp...2 trannys..car mag did a bit on it for a shootout. It was not the fastest nor best handling. It did win the burnout competition.
 

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There was a 98 tiburon with dual turbo engines, did 10s, awd 630 hp...2 trannys..car mag did a bit on it for a shootout. It was not the fastest nor best handling. It did win the burnout competition.
I saw that mag spread...

They were running alcohol in those motors.
 

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Two engines? Yes, in my youth there was a 4wd version of the French Citroen 2CV with one engine in the rear and one in front. Odd-looking little beast (but no more so than the standard 2CV). Don't know how successful it was.
 

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we have a scion IQ and that little thing is fast. I really think it would hold it's own against my 06. especially at higher speeds where the NA lacks accelleration. I can go from 60 to 90 in a flash in that thing. Now, if you could throw a 300hp GXP motor in there... it would probably beat vettes.
 

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I've always wanted to put the supercharged 3.8L in a Fiero..... As a matter of fact, my ex-father-in-law and I had acquired a Fiero for $0 and he had a Grand Prix GXP we were going to strip...then my divorce happened. :( Now I want to put an LNF in one!!!
 

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The 3.8 turbo motor is very strong and has been swapped into a Fiero many times, as has a SBC and others. I am trying to get the Fiero guys to stick a tuned LNF in there!

I went the other way and stroked and turboed the stock engine in my Fiero - it is around 300 bhp and of course has better traction than RWD cars do. We times it way back (I've owned it for more than 20 years) at around 4.5 secs. 0-60 and just over 13 secs. in the 1/4. I think it is a viable option to the 3.8 and is narrower (60 deg. engine vs. 90 deg.)

If you want a real ringer, stick the LNF in and have the cam covers remarked with 'Fiero' on them. Not sure if the bolt pattern on the bell housing is the same as our modern GM - maybe not.
 
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