This unassuming little car from Lazareth Auto-Moto packs a Maserati V8

This would be a treat to drive
by Greg Potts | Mar 24, 2020
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If you’re a frequent visitor to our site, you might be aware of the faintly terrifying fabrications of one Ludovic Lazareth. The man is a bit of a hero, creating properly bonkers car and motorbike amalgamations.

It’s not just wild four-wheeled bikes that his company—Lazareth Auto-Moto—deals in, though. Back in 2017, it announced plans to build a run of amphibious cars based on short-wheelbase versions of the Mini Moke. Because why not?

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But recently, the story goes that one of the prototype Moke bodyshells was lying around on the factory floor along with, conveniently, a 4.7-liter Maserati V8 engine. You can see where this is going, can’t you?

Yep, scroll through these pictures and you’ll see what really is a two-seat Mini Moke with 454hp and 519Nm of torque. Whew.

Now, our French translation might not be the best, but Lazareth seems to say “the beast is playful, and responds to the slightest request”—and we wouldn’t be inclined to argue. The V8 Moke weighs just 850kg and uses the original Maserati flappy-paddle gearbox.

Check out those 17-inch wheels, too—the whole thing looks (and probably feels) cartoon-like. It’s fantastic.

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Needless to say, the Moke will only be used on private circuits by Lazareth. It is, however, for sale. Yep, if you can write a check big enough, you can buy it. How much would you offer?

Just be warned—this particular one isn’t amphibious.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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