Many moons ago a friend of mine in an unaccountable fit of brotherly devotion promised his younger sister that he would help her keep any car she bought running. Unfortunately for him she bought a Sunbeam Alpine. Ah yes. The air over Sunset Blvd turned blue each Saturday as he plumbed the murky depths of such imponderables as SU carbs and Lucas charging systems.
I sure hope the relationship ends with sponsorship money and doesn't include engineering/fabrication support. Could wind up with Rossi spending a lot of time examining his bike trackside, scratching his head with a puzzled look on his face.
Not to contradict the well-deserved digs at Fiat cars, but don't forget that Fiat also owns and runs Ferrari, including F1 cars. The current CEO of Fiat was at the head of Ferrari before he took this job.... So Fiat would not be a total loss when it comes to new technology, thanks to their F1 shop
I owned a bright yellow spider 850 i think it was called, in the 70's. My Dad wouldn't ever let me park it behind his car in the driveway since we frequently had to push it out of the way.
He liked that it was yellow since that proved its lemonness. i thought it was pretty cool.
When did they last sell FIAT in the US?
Can you buy a new one in Canada?
Finaly, I heard once that Sete' Gibernau was somehow related to the FIAT fortune. I don't know if its true. If so, his family must not have a seat on the board. Hard to imagine Sete' voting to sponsor Rossi.