Lucarelli Monza Motore Centrale R230 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

What's the point in moving an engine to the back to drive the rear wheels if you can't light up those rear tires? That's what the folks behind the Motore Centrale R230 have evidently figured, taking the mid-engined Fiat Abarth 500 for a spin or two around the back lot at a racing circuit.

The R230, for a quick refresher, is the first product of Lucarelli Monza, with an interior done up by Aznom. The comprehensive re-engineering of the car involved moving the engine – with some serious modifications – to the back of the car for entirely different dynamics from the Cinquecento on which it's based.

We brought you initial details of the car's development last month, followed by its unveiling at Top Marques Monaco. Now the same snap-happy videographers at Marchettino have given us footage of the R230 pulling donuts in a parking lot. And while the driver may not exactly be Tanner Foust, it's worth a watch, so check it out after the jump.


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      Damien Lo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will never understand why people are motivated to make econoboxes into something like that...
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... where's the video Autoblog?
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just follow the source link to these guys youtube site.. This thing is a freak-of-nature! I love it, and @Damien Lo, drive one and you will see. Equally as addictive as driving a big cube car with better turning and stopping to boot. I love my big cars but little ones like this give me a huge smile still :D
      FRENZIED
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brilliant. The back seat was too small to be useful anyway.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      The R230 reminds me more of the Abarths of the 1970's than Abarth 500 today.
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's not any racetrack, it's Monza!
      Compliance
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more scorpions
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      what video?