I’m a fan of the crazy stuff that comes from Italy’s Lazzarini Design, like the Alfa Romeo 4C and Fiat 500 with V8 engines sourced from the Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from that last concept, but now Lazzarini says they actually want to build one with investor help.
Granted, Lazzarini themselves admitted in an email to us that it’s a “crazy idea,” but the best ideas start out that way. They’re looking for a way turn this, the 550 Italia Prototipo Unico, into an actual one-off car.
It’s what you get when you combine a Fiat 500 with a Ferrari 458 Italia, the company says, providing this helpful chart to illustrate how that works:
Boom. Just like that. One plus one equals insanity. Here’s a shot of the Stig driving it.
I like it because it’s subtle.
Here’s how Lazzarini describes the project:
To accommodate the high performance Ferrari motor into the Fiat cinquecento, its stock front engine, the rear seating and all of its back package has been removed. as well as this, the original wheelbase, measuring 230cm, has been increased by 35cm in order to provide aligned transmission. the automobile itself is 35cm wider at its rear and around 25cm fatter in the front, when compared to the ‘cinquecento’. transferring more than just a prancing horse’s motor, the vehicle also includes their gearbox, transmission and suspension-including rear-block. weighing 500kg lighter than the standard model, the unique ‘550 italia’ is expected to cost $550,000 USD.
See? For just $550,000, you can have a car that nobody else has and is probably tremendously quicker than any factory exotic. I’m not saying this is a good idea, I’m saying this is an awesome idea.