1907 FIAT heavy racing car was the new Italian weapons designed to defeat the French that dominated last season. In 1907 new regulations were introduced based on fuel consumption (a maximum of 30 liters per 100 km/9.42 mpg) without any weight or engine capacity limits. Torino team led by designers Giovanni Enrico and Carlo Cavalli took full advantage of new freedom. The car was huge, weighed more than 900 kg, and powered by giant 16,2-litres engine producing 130 bhp. Italians’ expectations were justified. The combination of the new car and talented Felice Nazzaro was the dominator of the season. FIAT scored 1-2 victory with Nazzaro and Lancia at first big race of the year – the Targa Florio on Sicily. Than Nazzaro was unbeatable on Kaiser Preis race in Germany, wining both elimination event and the main race. The most important event of the season was the Grand Prix de l’ACF (French Grand Prix) at Dieppe. Works FIAT team was represented by Nazzaro, Vincenzo Lancia, and Louis Wagner. Two of the FIATs were retired, but Nazzaro led the second half of the race and comfortably drove his monster car to victory, 6.5 minutes ahead of the second finisher, the winner of the 1906 GP Ferenc Szisz in Renault.
|Felice Nazzaro||F2||Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino|