Fiat 126

Started on May 21 by Luke

Ride Rating

9

Actually it's a 1991 Polish built FSM Niki (in other parts of the world it was sold as a Fiat 126.)

650cc two cylinder air cooled motor, putting out all of 23hp (basically the same drive train found in a Fiat 500.) It weighs little over half a ton and the trick to achieving any sort of pace is momentum - keep the revs up and it's fine on the flats. Doesn't much care for hills though.

My original plan was to warm up the stock motor and go autocrossing, but I'm now considering a motorbike engine swap, funds and skill allowing. Lately, however, with fuel prices as they are, I've been commuting in the little beastie. Gets close to 50mpg, plus chicks tend to dig it.

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May 21, 2008 9:13 a.m.
Carson:
I came across these a while ago, I think you might enjoy them:<br> - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEShLQ4fFzQ <br> - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBANp3sSWu8 <br> - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz6HRiIuIo8 <br>
May 22, 2008 2:27 a.m.
Luke:
Thanks Carson, those are excellent! This one was in the related videos, shown from the perspective of an in-car mounted camera - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lukt7wbg08&feature=related
May 26, 2008 4:33 p.m.
robmillion:
thats awesome!!! more pictures!!!!!!
May 27, 2008 5:53 a.m.
Luke:
More pictures added :)
Jul 15, 2008 6:11 a.m.
Luke:
Blew a tire at speed tonight. Sent me skidding off the road, luckily into an empty carpark. While I was changing the flat, some dude in a old V8 Falcon came up full of questions and wanting to buy it.
Dec 12, 2008 11:26 p.m.
Teqnyck:
Sweet!!! You should definately consider the bike swap still, even sport bikes can get 50mpg!! Granted, probably not with the way I'd be driving it, but still!! :D
Dec 18, 2008 9:02 p.m.
Luke:
Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, I've just sold this one. Moving across the country in the new year and I won't have the room for two cars.

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