If you’re unimpressed with the light weight, 160-horsepower turbocharged 500 Abarth, then how about a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive version? Italian tuners Aznom and Lucarelli-Monza have done just that and plan to unveil their mid-engined creation, named Motore Centrale R230, at the Top Marques Monaco Show this April 12-17.
With a car as tiny as the 500 Abarth, the rear seats are sacrificed to make room for the 1.4-liter turbo four engine, which has been tuned to 230 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. To make the Motore Centrale R230 a more well-rounded track machine, Anzom has also added upgraded suspension components, exhaust and slick tires, as seen from the lone teaser photo.
There is no word on price for the Motore Centrale R230, but Aznom plans to build about 30 units per year. Also in the works is a Pista track version with 50 more horses, a 2,000-pound curb weight and adjustable suspension.