Sounds like something you’d pick up in Starbucks right? but this Fiorino is altogether more interesting. You might not all agree with me but this van is one of the coolest things on Irish roads right now.
But what is it we hear you ask?
Well, in short, it’s a Fiat Fiorino van with a 1.4 T-jet motor & running gear from a Fiat 500 Abarth grafted in! It runs a hybrid turbo and knocks out a healthy 200bhp!
There’s an interesting little side story about how it landed on Irish shores too.
Irish Touring Car racer and trackday regular Ulick Burke saw the van advertised in the UK a year or 2 back. He knew he had to have it…..but not only was it pricey for a van, it was expensive full stop. No matter. What you do in that situation is not try to think logically about depreciation, not worry about how the hell you’re going to insure it, no….what you do is rope in your most impulsive car mad mate and bring him with you to make the purchase – specifically to talk you back into the idea should you start to get cold feet once you’re over there!
The plan worked better than he could have expected because not only did his buddy Colin talk him into making the purchase when it came to the crunch, Colin also liked the van so much he promised himself there and then that one day he would own it! So when the time came that Ulick was ready to sell, Colin was ready with cash in hand – the perfect strategy!
The last track day was Ulick’s final drive in the Fiorino Abarth before he handed the keys over to its new owner….I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of it on track somehow!
Under The Skin:
The Fiorino is much more than a stanced out show pony, by all accounts the handling is epic. It rides low but on quality, 2 way adjustable Gaz coilovers and Compomotive M06 rims.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo 4 pots, Goodridge braided lines and a rear disc conversion.
Power is supplied by the standard 1.4 T-Jet unit from the 500 Abarth but with a hybrid turbo, front mount intercooler and remap, it’s running a reliable 200bhp. The side exit exhaust poking out from the front bumper is a cool touch too.
Inside there’s a pair of 595 bi posto bucket seats, Abarth clocks and a quickshift with white Motorsport shift knob. It all looks really purposeful but still looks factory. The built quality is superb!
On the outside the van has had a full respray and has pretty subtle Abarth decals, other than the wheels and the stance it’s pretty stock – it’s the ultimate sleeper!
When Colin’s done with it, we’ll have our own wad of cash ready and waiting!