To most car people, the Fiat 500 is a cool little car, but we’d rather drive something else. The Fiat 500 Abarth is a little more interesting. But with a $22k+ sticker price, a used Acura NSX sounds better.
But, what about a Fiat 500, that’s powered by the 4.5 liter V8 from a Ferrari 458 Italia? 550-horsepower, in a car the size of a shoe? Perfect, we’ll take two.
As insane as it sounds, that’s just what Italian design firm Lazzarini Design is proposing. They want to stretch the Fiat’s wheelbase by a foot, then shoehorn a detuned (the stock 458 produces 570 Italian stallions) powerplant from Ferrari’s current best-seller, the 458 Italia, into the back. Think; VW Beetle, on crystal meth.
To make it all work, the front & rear tracks have to be widened by 14-inches, the gas tank and the radiator are placed in the front, along with ballasts, to keep the directional wheels on the ground. A giant scoop is grafted to the roof (aft of the sunroof) to feed air to the engine, and scoops are placed ahead of the rear wheels, to cool the brakes, transmission, and differential. Lazzarini estimates the weight of their pint-sized atom bomb to be around 2,200 lbs.
Sadly, the little 550 Italia exists only in CAD drawings. But this
blissfully insane innovative design firm is currently seeking an investor(s) who’s willing to pony up the $550,000 needed to build it. With an uncertain global economy, the 550 Italia certainly seems like a secure investment. And if it all goes belly-up, at least you’ll go broke attempting to make the world a better place!
[Source: Lazzarini Design Studio]