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Fiat delivers new engine as promised !
« on: 2010-06-16 15:08:02 »
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Fiat-Chrysler could sell this as a replacement for the spare tire in the RAM trucks a spare car slung underneath instead :



Fiat Launches Production of Next-generation Engines in Bielsko-Biala

Source: The Warsaw Voice
Author: n/a
Date: 2010.06.16

The Fiat Powertrain Technologies company in Bielsko-Biala, southern Poland, has launched the production of 0.9-litre Twin Air engines for Fiat's 500 model.

The engine features Fiatís electro-hydraulic valve management MultiAir system, which when coupled with special fluid dynamics, results to the best fuel efficiency.

Besides being more powerful and efficient than traditional motors, the Twin-Air is also smaller and lighter. CO2 emissions are low, at only 95 g/km in.

The start of serial production of the new petrol engine was possible after an investment of about 300 million euros, in addition to a significant contribution from the Polish government.
The government has offered Fiat tax breaks and obtained funding from the European Union (EU).

The Power Train factory will produce some 450,000 new engines a year.


Fiatís Twin-Air two-cylinder engine

Source: Motor Nature

It sounds like a joke, but itís very real. In a few months from now, youíll be able to buy a new car with a two-cylinder engine. Thatís in Europe, and no import to the US is planned at this time. But this engine will go to Brazil, and believe it, a two-cylinder engine is far from a bad idea. Donít you remember that two-cylinder engine have been very successful in the past?

The iconic one is of course the old Citroen 2CV, but the original Fiat 500 also had a two-cylinder. We shall also remember the japanese. The first cars from Honda, Subaru or Suzuki, all had two-cylinder engines. They were not fast, but they were cheap ot buy and run. That was more than enough for many people. In todayís cars with standard air conditionning and power everything, that would not be possible, but Fiatís Twin-Air engine is not a return to the past.

On the other hand, itís the way to the future with loads of technology to minimise friction and improve thermo-dynamic efficiency, to get the most power from the least fuel. The engine is a 845 cc affair, not a big deal by any standard, but in its most common turbocharged form, itís making the same power as a 1.2 liter, with much better torque. 85 hp at 5500 rpm, and 107 lbs/ft of torque at 2000 rpm. This is no V8, but in car less than one ton, it can do job more economically than any small inline four.

In a Fiat 500 (pictured), it can make the car go up to 107 mph, and it requires less than 11 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. These are decent numbers. Fuel economy is an excellent 56 MPG on european official tests. Maybe Fiat could think about importing it to the USÖ
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