The Trick is not to have a experienced driver drive a Fiero. The learning is when you get a Fiero owner to drive a well tuned car near the limits.
I used to think the Trans Am and Fiero were amazing handling cars. Then I finally got behind the wheel of cars that were even better.
Don’t get me wrong the Fiero is fun and I find the issues they have as a challenge to make me more engaged in the driving.
A great handling car is one not just with high limits or fast lap times. It also includes making it easy to reach the limits.
A good example is the C7 vs C8 Corvette. While the C7 was an amazing car you still had to work for it where as it is easier to exceed those limits with the C8.
The way I describe a great handling car is to go down a uneven back road and it will make going fast feel slow. You will look down and you may be thinking you are at 50mph and see 75 or 80 mph.
I have 16” 50’s and a Herb Adams VSE suspension on my car. It made it as neutral as the 88 car. But I did not put the solid bearing bushings in. These remove the 84-88 bump steer that is well noted in these cars. Add that to the heavy steering it makes for extra work to get that but extra.
Also drop throttle oversteer can come in with neutral steering. It is not as bad as the 911 as the stock V6 is not so powerful to make it very pronounced.
The reality we have a fun car to drive and it has good and bad points but those are what make it interesting.
I have been blessed to drive many amazing cars and raced. As it goes the Fiero has more right than wrong but it is not the second coming of the Mclaren F1.
To be honest none of the 80’s cars were perfect. Any had harsh ride, heavy steering and just never got the springs and shocks right. So it was not just the Fiero.
The Z51 84 Vette really missed on the shocks. But it is still a fun car to drive. Might lose a filling though lol!
Finally the stock brakes need heat then they stop. But get too much heat they will fade. Fine for streets but not track time.
I recall the first best brakes I ever used. It was on a circle track car. These were some Willwood wide 5 brakes. I was given the braking points and they were deep in the corners. I recall going in once they had heat in them at speed. I looks and saw the concrete wall thinking this thing will never make it. The car slowed down and the steering made it roll though the corner like a Sunday drive with a nice drift off the turn.
The thing that did get me was how my belts held me in the seat with the degree of braking this car had.
As I have gone through life and with more vehicles I have experienced you have to change your views often on what is good anymore. Today’s cars are pretty amazing.
Even a car like a Cobalt SS was a very well tuned car. If it had RWD it would have been amazing to drive.
[This message has been edited by hyperv6 (edited 01-08-2021).]