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Newtron Engineering is an Italian company working on the development of hybrid and full electric systems applied to the automotive industry since the year 2007. The research and development center of the company is based in Villafranca Tirrena, Sicily and not by a coincidence.. in this place, for many years, there has been one the most advanced R&D centers of Pirelli tyres of Italy. This work opportunity has created along the years a large number of highly specialized workmen that Newtron could deploy ones Pirelli has closed down its center, leaving the island. Since the very beginning the aim of Newtron has always been to create systems easy and quick to install, little invasive and with the least modifications possible to the means of transportation they were applied to.

This kind of transformations, besides the technical difficulties of their realization and implementation, needs to be compliant with the road regulations of the European community in order to be effectively used; Newtron in the past years has been working hand in hand with the Italian Ministry of Transport, proposing new standards and sharing its technologic achievements to the extend that the Ministry has taken Newtron as its official partner and its systems as a model for the drawing of the latest laws regulating this matters.

Besides the industrial project of realizing kits to turn petrol engined cars into electric or hybrid Newtron has recognized the importance of another aspect of this field… the customization! In this regard the company decided to open a new division within itself with the intent of opening a new niche in this market, this new division was to be called “Officine Amarcord” the name draws inspiration by a famous Italian movie of Federico Fellini and “Officine” stands for Workshop whereas “Amarcord” is a recall of a memory in a nostalgic key.

At first the division was a little short of ideas on where to start, but one day of a couple of years ago when working on some mechanical problems of an old Fiat 500 F they realized that that was exactly it! Having such an attractive and handy city car of the old times converted into an efficient and clean vehicle of the 21st century was the key.

The first vehicle being modified has been the roofed version of the Fiat 500 but the main focus of the division went on the open (or beach) version called 500 Jolly; a car being originally modified starting from a  FIAT 500 chassis by the bodyshop “Ghia” of Turin, Italy that was lately absorbed by Ford.

“Officine Amarcord” the name draws inspiration by a famous Italian movie of Federico Fellini and “Officine” stands for Workshop whereas “Amarcord” is a recall of a memory in a nostalgic key.

Nicola Venuto

At first the division was a little short of ideas on where to start, but one day of a couple of years ago when working on some mechanical problems of an old Fiat 500 F they realized that that was exactly it!

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The goal of “Officine Amarcord” is to give new life to legendary models of cars that are in the memories and dreams of many passionate people by turning them into roadworthy and green vehicles so that they will not only be beauties to admire in a car salon but they can get back to their duty on the roads.

The main focus of this conversions is anyhow to maintain as much as possible the originality of the cars in terms of the way they appear externally, yet modifying as much as possible their mechanical flaws due to their age, without over altering the vehicle so that it could be potentially reconverted to its original state quite easily.

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