Tiny pack­age, mon­ster power

South Waikato News - - ECO FRIENDLY FEATURE -

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.

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