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Road and Track, "It's Finally Time for the Chevrolet Fiero" by 2.5
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Report this Post03-08-2017 09:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
http://www.roadandtrack.com...the-chevrolet-fiero/

...You could just as easily mount the whole thing in the back to create a transverse-engined RWD vehicle, although hardly anybody ever bothers to do it. You could also rotate the powertrain 180 degrees and put it between the seats and the rear wheels. Pow! Instant mid-engined car, with almost zero engineering effort required.

If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it's how we got the Pontiac Fiero.
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Report this Post03-08-2017 09:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Uh, 'scuse me, why would you rotate the drivetrain 180°?
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Report this Post03-08-2017 10:24 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by olejoedad:

Uh, 'scuse me, why would you rotate the drivetrain 180°?




Ah that pesky geometry
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Originally posted by olejoedad:

Uh, 'scuse me, why would you rotate the drivetrain 180°?


That was in the context of flipping the Citation front end around to go in the rear...180 degrees.

As I posted in the FB group, I don't see this happening. As proposed, the sales would largely be at the expense of other GM models, including the Corvette and doing that requires someone at the Lutz level to evangelize. A turbo V6 with HP in the mid 300s is exactly what many of us Kappa (Sky/Solstice) owners were hoping for in Gen 2 of that platform, along with a more refined interior. But again, that platform had Lutz behind it and it died after four years and I don't see them trying it again for at least another ten, at which point it would be electric, not gas. And then it's not a $30k car, it's $60k+ and the point is lost. Heck, even the 2.0 turbo Sky and Solstice were over $30k and that was with a shitty interior and ten years ago.

Don't get me wrong- I'd love to see an American made, mid-engine, two seater that is affordable (sorry Corvette, you aren't) and has real power. Heck, I'd like to see Mazda put out a Miata with 350HP.
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Report this Post03-08-2017 12:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for KaijuSensoSend a Private Message to KaijuSensoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yeah I saw that article and the author doesn't know a single thing about engineering vehicles.
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Originally posted by olejoedad:

Uh, 'scuse me, why would you rotate the drivetrain 180°?


hehehe...yeah I caught that too.
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Report this Post03-08-2017 03:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for cvxjetClick Here to Email cvxjetSend a Private Message to cvxjetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
No no no! Do not rotate it 180 degrees....You have to rotate it exactly (Now pay attention- Very technical!) 360 degrees....One degree off will cause all kinds of trouble....and not rotating it...well, lets not go in to the absolute disaster that would create.......
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Report this Post03-08-2017 04:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for css9450Click Here to Email css9450Send a Private Message to css9450Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The "backwards drivetrain" thing gets repeated in a lot of literature or public knowledge about the Fiero. Its probably one that will never die.

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Report this Post03-08-2017 05:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tsharkSend a Private Message to tsharkEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
This thread is vaguely familar.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/097353.html
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