Tiny package, monster power
Lazzarini design in Italy has a great idea, one that was probably inspired by the viral videos of Nissan’s GT-R powered all-wheeldrive Juke. The studio, which is famous for more beautiful and probably no less exciting designs, has created a concept based on a Fiat 500 powered by the 570 horsepower 4.5-litre V8 usually found in the midrear of Ferrari’s 458 Italia supercar. Unlike the baby Fiat’s donor platform, which has a range of twin and four-cylinder engines ranging from less than 900cc, the Lazzarini car is rear-engined, just like the original Fiat 500, known as the bambina in New Zealand.
The Lazzarini Design Studio would like to put the concept into series production, and estimates that the cost per unit could be as much as €450,000, so the company is looking for a petrolheaded investor to plough money into the campaign to develop the unique wee car – the more they make and sell, the cheaper it will be.
The name for the car is currently the Fiat 550 Italia – which may or may not please Ferrari – though we think it may have to be something else, because all sorts of copyright issues could come
ULTIMATE FIAT 500: Ferrari-engined beast has required much modification.