Raceland Gold Edition made by Spark. Exclusive model.
The small village of Weidensees in the beautiful landscape north of Nuremberg could easily pass as the famous Gallic village in the history of the German Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. Richard Leinberger had founded a small Fiat car dealership there in 1963 and, as a rally and racing driver himself, raced everything the Italian brand had to offer. He had more than 150 class and overall victories to his name when he specialised in tuning Fiat vehicles together with engineer Dietmar Breit in 1973. In-house chassis and fuel-injected engines quickly made the small company famous among sports and racing drivers.
Dallara had transformed the Fiat X1/9 built by Bertone into a spectacular Group 5 version in 1975. Leinberger Tuning refined the engine and chassis on this basis and built its own GRP body components with modified air intakes for use on the racetrack. The small 1.6 litre engine produced a whopping 230 hp at almost 10,000 rpm. Nevertheless, it was a courageous decision to compete against the superior 2-litre BMW and Ford in the German Group 5 Championship in 1977. The little Italian was one of the most beautiful Group 5 cars of all time, but the petite engine had to push its limits too often, causing the X1/9 to retire from the race.