Those of you who have visited the old Italian towns have certainly experienced that mixed feeling of wonder and delight when you take a walk along the narrow winding alleys — with walls of the buildings coming so close that you don’t even have enough space for walking — when suddenly you see a car approaching! And then another one coming in the opposite direction where it seems there is not enough space for even one of them. But they do manage to pass by one another and park under their balconies leaving their neighbours “souvenirs” in the form of deep scratches on sides and bumpers of their cars. Italians know for sure how comfortable it is to move around the city in a small and nimble car — the one like Fiat 500.
Photo above: Fiat500 on Rome streets.
What does Fiat 500 mean to the Italians? It’s part of their history and family traditions. It’s a cute and frisky car which takes you where you need to go and is always easy to park. Here’s an old advertisement video from the Italian TV records — it seems like Fiat 500 is an ideal vehicle!
Tuning studios were getting at customising Fiat 500 not just once. So it was time for Gianfranco Dini, a 55-year-old owner of the family garage Oemmedi Meccanica located in the Italian city of Acquapendente in Lazio, and his son Leonardo to make a contribution into the history of this automobile. They managed to transform a tiny cute car into a beautiful stylish vehicle of great power able to accelerate to 330 km/h and reach the speed of 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
They took a 30-year-old 1971 Fiat 500, expanded its rear part by getting rid of the backseat and the luggage compartment, moved the front seats a bit forward — and all of it was done to mount the 580-hp V12 engine taken from the 2004 Lamborghini Murciélago.
Apart from the 6.2-litre engine, the new Fiat 500 also got the Murciélago’s transmission and brakes. 18-inch wheels (245mm wide in the front and 335mm wide in the rear) required new wings and arches. All of those parts were handcrafted.
The entire process of creating the Fiat 500 Lambo took 3,000 hours. Fiat 500 Lamborghini Murciélago V12 6.2L 580hp captivates by its exterior. Its interior trimming is beyond any praise. Take a look at its design and incredible interior colour.
Maximum power: 580 hp
Length: 3,140 mm
Front axle width: 1,660 mm
Rear axle width: 1,740 mm
Wheelbase: 2,220 mm
Weight: approx. 1,300 kg (the weight of the original Fiat 500 is 499 kg)
Engine Lamborghini Murciélago V12 6.2L,
sports exhaust system,
custom made 18L oil and water tanks,
twin radiator with three rows of elements,
two electric fans and oil cooler.
Transmission Lamborghini Murciélago six-speed gearbox,
modified Lamborghini driveshafts,
Suspension / Brakes Front axle suspension with double wishbones, strut bar and anti-roll bar,
rear axle suspension with double wishbones, strut bar and anti-roll bar,
standard Murciélago discs and callipers all round.
Wheels / Tyres Light-alloy 18-inch Diablo OZ wheels,
245/35R18 (front), 335/30R18 (rear) tyres
Exterior Handcrafted bodyshell, 46cm wider at rear, 38cm wider at front,
handmade door mirrors,
electrically operated rear spoiler and decklid,
air intakes on both sides,
matt grey Sikkens paint with three layers of lacquer.
Apart from Fiat 500 Lambo, Dini have also built and unveiled two more super Fiats at the 2012 Bologna Motor Show. Those were street-legal Fiat 500 equipped with a 3-litre Ferrari V8 and Fiat 500 fitted with a 3.2-litre Porsche Carrera V6. But let’s be honest, they don’t have that eye-catching look.
A photo story from the Spiegel magazine:
Spiegel 1: A powerful 12-cylinder engine, 6.2L, 580 hp.
Spiegel 2: Framework: 1971 Fiat 500 bodyshell, 2004 Lamborghini Murciélago parts.
Spiegel 3: Handcrafted: Dini had to build a special frame for the transmission in order to fit these Lamborghini engine and Fiat 500 together.
Spiegel 4: New interior: in order to fit a giant engine into a small Fiat they had to remove the backseat.
Spiegel 5: In order to fit 18-inch Lamborghini wheels the Italians had to handcraft new wings.
Spiegel 6: Ample dimensions: 245mm wide front wheels and 335mm wide rear wheels.
Spiegel 7: Muscular dwarf: right now the car weighs almost 1,300 kg which is 300 kg lighter than the original Murciélago.
Spiegel 8: Red as fire: Fiat’s interior went through considerable changes.
Spiegel 9: “I don’t know whether the car is going to reach the top speed of 330 km/h”, Gianfranco Dini says. “Theoretically, it still has the same engine and transmission. However, the car’s outline is not that aerodynamic anymore”.
Spiegel 10: Lamborghini Murciélago: Here’s the picture of the original owner of the 580-hp V12 engine.
Spiegel 11: It’s the Fiat 500 Ferrari V8 3L built by Oemmedi Meccanica. The car is street-legal.
Spiegel 12: This one is the Oemmedi Meccanica Fiat 500 equipped with a 3.2-litre Porsche Carrera V6. Dini take special pride in the fact that this Fiat 500 still has enough room for four people in spite of the tuning. Like the Fiat 500 Lambo, this car is not street-legal; however, they have already filed all the necessary documents to obtain such permission.
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