Mamma mia, this factor is nice!
This 1966 Fiat Giardinetta is prone to be the good automobile you’ll see all day. Perhaps all week. Mainly a Fiat Cinquecento (500) stretched to station wagon proportions, this specific Giardinetta has been electrified by our mates over at Stealth EV. In the meantime, each different element has been gone via and been upgraded or changed by the parents at ICON. Virtually the one factor untouched is the bodywork. The consequence? The Icon 1966 600 Giardinetta Derelict Fiat EV (we don’t know why they check with it as a 600, because the Giardinetta was primarily based on the 500, however, hey). Although maybe unassuming, it’s true bellissima to each behold and drive.
Should you haven’t already, we extremely advocate clicking play and going for a journey with ICON’s Jonathon Ward whereas he discusses the technical particulars of what they’ve executed to the little Italian, together with the driving expertise. We’ll cowl the electrical half for you, simply in case you’re pressed for time.
The tiny engine that was initially positioned within the rear has been swapped for an air-cooled, electrical induction motor: an AC 35 HPEVS rated for 82 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque, to be precise. It will get its marching orders from a Curtis controller. Bolted as much as the vehicles transaxle, the transmission has been locked into third gear, making operation a reasonably easy affair. The automobile now possesses much more horses than it ever had, and although not a race automobile by any stretch, is extraordinarily responsive.
The battery that provides the vitality for the 144-volt system consists of six Tesla modules, including as much as 30 kWh. Battery administration duties fall to a system from Orion. Situated beneath the hood, the vitality pack holds sufficient juice to take it over 120 miles on a cost whereas transferring at 60 mph. Actually, 150 miles whereas puttering about city could be potential.
To deal with the additional weight, the brakes have been upgraded, and the suspension beefed up with coil overs. In response to Ward, the revamped automobile goes down the Interstate fairly properly, particularly for a automobile this dimension.
Superbly shot and effectively narrated, make sure to take nine-and-a-half minutes to take pleasure in all of the footage and acquaint your self with the numerous little touches that make this tiny automobile an enormous conversion success. Take pleasure in!