I'm a transportation design student at "Istituto Europeo di Design" I.E.D.
in Torino Italy, and I hate to break it to you guys, but this thing was built by 7 students doing the master course, the chances of fiat building this thing are o.ooooo1% or less.
I'm glad you guys like it though, i'll be sure to tell the Master course guys, "i'm 2nd year, master would be 4th, it's a 3 year course." anyway the 1:1 scale model at the geneva motor show is made out of solid polyurethane "i think that's the name" and has no internal mechanical parts, except for the powered electric roof. but the doors dont open and it has no engine, and the seats are made out of the same stuff as the rest of the car, so they are HARD.
I'm sorry to break it to you guys but this thing is just a school design exercise, and is not gonna get built, Fiat is in a lot of financial trouble right now and they have more important stuff to do than building little roadsters. they already have the barchetta, and don't need another one. i don't even think they're gonna build the "Tre piu uno" 3+1 a cool little modern fiat 500 thing they presented last year "think Mini, but Fiat and SMALLER"
Anyway that's that, I just wanted to let you guys know before you got your hopes up too high.
We respect the students' efforts and they deserve congratulations that their work is being displayed at Geneva, but actually most enthusiasts do not think the X1/99 is the right design to be an "X1/9 spiritual successor", as Fiat has proclaimed it to be, if any such thing were to be produced in the future.
We are not asking Fiat to build the X1/99. We are simply telling Fiat that IF they build ANY car that is supposed to be a "spiritual successor" or "inspired by" the original X1/9 that the enthusiast community would strongly desire / demand that THAT production car be mid engined.
The reason this is happening NOW is because we've had communication with some individuals at Fiat and while it is true there is no "official" plan to produce the X1/99, it is also true that the X1/99 has started a lot of talk at Fiat that the "idea" of ANY X1/9-like "successor" might be something worth considering for production. The same sources indicated that if that were to happen, any such car would be front engine and front wheel drive.
That is the one point that has thrown enthusiasts into speaking out on the matter. The majority FIRMLY do NOT believe that any car without a mid-engine could have a legitimate claim to any such "successor" (spiritual or otherwise) connection to the X1/9.
So in essence what you are saying is true, Fiat is not likely to produce the X1/99 itself. It IS true however that they would consider something "like that idea" (something small and sporty in the "spirit" of the X1/9) for production. Now is the time for us to make our feelings known to Fiat about that, while the X1/99 at Geneva has raised the interest of those people of influence in the company and the "successor" topic is fresh on everyone's minds... "Strike while the iron is hot" as they say.
In any event, thank you for your input and participation! Please do continue to monitor / participate here.