The Lingotto Building was the former FIAT Factory and still features the well maintained rooftop test track in Italy
We’ve all come across photos of the race track built on the roof of the Lingotto building. But what was the real reason or purpose for the rooftop test track? Why was the track on the roof of the factory?
Car maker Fiat constructed that building. Construction began in 1916. However, it wasn’t fully completed until 1923 at opening day. It was a massive project today but even more for the 1920’s. It was the largest car factory in the world when it opened.
The Fiat Factory was built in a very unique way compared to other assembly lines. This assembly line went vertical, through all 5 floors of the building. The cars would start inside the building and work their way up through the floors. Before exiting the building and entering the Fiat showrooms all over the world they needed to be tested. The completed cars would exit the final assemby line stage, drive out a door to the roof for a lap around the 1 km long rooftop test track.
1 millions Fiat cars drove from the building. The production spanned across 80 models of the Fiat brand.