FIAT, Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino, was established in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli. Car production started in early 1900 and in the spring of the same year first FIAT cars proved its abilities in motor racing. First recorded motorsport event for the famous Italian make was Torino – Pinerolo – Torino race in April 1900 where Federico Della Ferrera (“Robur”) scored third time but was disqualified for changing course. FIAT 8 hp was the second model of the company manufactured in 1901. The car has a straight-2 engine rated at 8 hp and a top speed of 45 kilometres per hour. Several works 8 hp touring cars were entered to Giro Automobilistico d’Italia, a 1642 km race which lasted 2.5 weeks. Among the starters was Giovanni Agnelli himself. The winner was 20 years-old Felice Nazzaro who drove one of the FIATs. For famous Italian racing driver it was his first victory.
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