Fulvia Friday – X-Ray Vision

It’s Fulvia Friday once again. A quick one this week. No time for chatting.

In the style of Rony Lutz’s Saab images, here’s a Fulvia Coupe in cutaway form.

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Fulvia Coupe S1 A023

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  1. Some would say it enhances it. Depends on the weight of the engine too. Front wheel drive loves this sort of thing, pulling the car around the corner when you keep it on song. The Renault North-South engines with an alloy block hanging out the front like in the mid 70s R17, were super sharp. Just don’t let the body roll too much. Mid 70s and early 80s Audis were rally benchmarks for many years and the 5 cylinder was a brilliant thing. The architecture of that era is now considered weird and ‘incorrect’ by many. But these cars, the Fulvia included, actually had to be driven. Hard.

    1. Good point.
      The idea of 50-50 weight distribution being “optimal” is a marketing invention. What really matters is mass centralization. The only thing special about 50-50 buys is that you can use the same tyre pressure and spring rates front and rear.

      Eggsngrits, there have been a few front wheel drive cars with a “mid-front” layout (differential ahead of the engine). The Citroen Traction Avant was built that way, as were the Renault 4 and 5.

      This being an “ex-Saab” blog, I shouldn’t have to mention the third option: engine over drive wheels. The Classic 900 and 99 used this architecture, as well as the original FWD Cadillac Eldorado.

  2. I have always loved these cutaways. As a lad, I used to love it when Autocar had them, even if they were B&W. Some interesting things stand out from this one, particularly the front suspension. That casting looks interesting. Did the Fulvia still have sliding front pillars? I also never realised that there was a transverse leaf spring at the front. The rear suspension looks (almost) like it could be interchangeable with a 99/900 except for the springs. Thanks for finding it.