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Old 11-02-2013   #16
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Re: Crossing Africa in a Panda Twin-Air...

Not far to go now, probably approaching Calais. Looks like its going to be a spectacular achievement.
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They're in England!
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They did it.

Top class.

WOnder what the average mpg was............
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I'm surprised there's been so little official reaction from Fiat themselves. Could it be that this has stolen the thunder of the 4x4? After this they're going to have to do a vertical ascent of Everest to justify four-wheel drive.
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Excellent news, goes to show Fiats can perform and aren't the cars they once were.

To be honest I was rather sceptical for the choice of car, good job goes to the 3Ps..... now Fiat please take notes, the quality of suspension parts MUST be improved :P
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Quote Originally Posted by Iorek View Post
Excellent news, goes to show Fiats can perform and aren't the cars they once were.

To be honest I was rather sceptical for the choice of car, good job goes to the 3Ps..... now Fiat please take notes, the quality of suspension parts MUST be improved :P
Erm, did you take note that the original suspension was replaced in preparing the car ?

http://www.africarecordrun.com/team.html

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The ride height has been raised by fitting stronger and taller van tyres along with uprated springs and shock-absorbers. The suspension has been made by Gaz of Essex, and the rear shocks, which fit on the standard mountings, will soon be available to other Panda owners seeking uprated rear shocks. The front top mounts have been reinforced and a cross-bar now joins the struts along the top of the bulkhead. The rear shock abosrber mountings have been beefed up.
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I was there today - twinair simply fabulous
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As stupid as the 600 is, a 2wd car beating two Land/Range Rovers is pretty special.
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I'm surprised there's been so little official reaction from Fiat themselves. Could it be that this has stolen the thunder of the 4x4? After this they're going to have to do a vertical ascent of Everest to justify four-wheel drive.
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I have it on reasonable authority that FIAT wanted nothing to do with it, I suspect because they were fearful of failure.
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I have it on reasonable authority that FIAT wanted nothing to do with it, I suspect because they were fearful of failure.
Just like KTM on long way round.
BMW made a massive amount of sales on the back of that tv show.

Shameful not to have confidence in your own products.
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It is a shame, surely the hot/cold/endurance testing of the cars and engines must have been just as severe? They normally are..

Still, you can bet your bottom dollar FIAT PR will embrace the whole thing with open arms now!
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Re: Crossing Africa in a Panda Twin-Air...

Haha, found this link on the main website; it's an interview with Fred Dinenage on Meridian Tonight with the guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Qei...ature=youtu.be

Honestly, I can't believe FIAT don't want anything to do with this. Not privy to the reasons why of course (maybe bgunn is indeed right re the reliability), but it seems absolutely nuts.

This really is a great achievement, and the fact they have done it in a Panda makes me proud!
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This really is a great achievement, and the fact they have done it in a Panda makes me proud!
Indeed, and I'm pleased that the reliability of the TA engine (and gearbox) has been demonstrated in such a way.
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Yup, the durability of the TA on this run just clinched my decision to order a 4x4 TA today over the diesel..... So they can chalk 1 sale up to this result. Test drove the 4x4 at the weekend but had some lingering doubts about the revving over a greater distance etc.... so cant wait to get the new panda...
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Re: Crossing Africa in a Panda Twin-Air...

Finally mention of it on the FIAT UK Facebook page! I added a comment saying it's about time too....
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