Insane Ducati-powered Fiat 500 gets Hooniverse Seal of Approval

Take a car roughly the size of an Oompa-Loompa, toss the original motor, and cram in a L-twin desmodromic Ducati mill channelling the power through the rear end via a six-speed sequential transmission and a LSD … whaddya get? That sure as hell ain’t your grandmother’s recipe for minestrone, now is it? It’s more likely to add up to a whole heap of fun, with a claimed 330 HP per ton, barring any mid-corner encounters with rough pavement or wet leaves. The apparently UK-based Famarra F500 is a singularly badass offering, mating an awesome sounding (I have to admit a serious weakness for desmos) motor to a featherweight package. Plus, chicks LOVE 500s almost as much as puppies and Colin Farrell, so I think everyone wins, right? Just don’t hit anything more solid than a banker’s potbelly.

Unfortunately, Famarra neglected to provide pics, so all we have is the basic outline of the situation, and the random Fiat 500 pic above. But use your imagination. It seems like a work in progress, so we won’t rush ’em, but good work signores!
Famarra Automotive. Picture: Wikipedia

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  1. PowerTryp Avatar

    Smart ForTwo w/Busa engine Vs Fiat 500 w/Ducati motor. It's Axis Vs Allies all over again and I can't wait.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Or… I guess, Axis vs. Axis, so far…
      Quick, someone get to work on a Mini with a LS7!
      Oh, wait… That's what the F1-67 is for. The nuclear option.

      1. PowerTryp Avatar

        Yeah I thought about that after I wrote it.
        Well we should use the 1125 engine from the remnants of what was Buell motorcycles.

  2. joshuman Avatar

    Ducati twins produce aural glory. I must have video with sound as soon as this is complete. This is project sized appropriately to fit into a smallish garage and still leave room for the bicycles and cozy coupes.

    1. PowerTryp Avatar

      lol I'm sorry say "Ducati twins produce aural glory" out loud and enjoy the inuendo.

    2. Alex Kierstein Avatar
      Alex Kierstein

      I’ll email the company and see if they’ll provide us with any build pics or vids.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    I'm sorry. I can't get behind this project. You see, I'm an American. As an American, I believe bigger is better. This needs to be at least a Ford Explorer with a V10 for me to even be mildly interested*. It's the creed of America. It's in our very fabric. If we start drooling over these tiny Euro cars with tiny 2-cylinder engines in 'em then the terrorists have won. And by terrorists I mean the French. So stand strong, my fellow Americans. Don't let this get to you.
    *Unless you're in Texas where biggerer is betterer and it would take an International CXT with a straight-16 to make you even look twice.

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      I'm much more afraid of the Russians:

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Well, you need approx. 666 hp in your Exploder to have the same power/weight ratio. Not too difficult I suppose.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    Considering that Cinquecentos have a flathead twin 500cc engine that would look at home in a riding mower, a Ducati desmo V twin would be a hoot to cram into one of these. However, you then have a really fast Cinquencento. Bad things would happen in a really fast Fiat 500, but bad things happen quickly whenever you stuff something big into something small and go real fast. This is where real greatness occurs.

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