Some of you may remember French custom car and motorcycle builder Lazareth because of this crazy creation; the Twingo with a mid-mounted Range Rover V8 engine. Although that was a daring project, it pales in comparison with this one, a quad bike powered by a Ferrari V8 engine!
Called the Wazuma V8F Matt Edition (they might as well name it the Quad from Hell), the machine is based on the Wazuma R1, a similar model but with a Yamaha R1 engine. Instead of the motorcycle unit, the Wazuma V8F features a 3.0-liter Ferrari V8 engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox sourced from a BMW M3.
The V8 engine produces around 250 hp and has been modified to accommodate the injection system of two Yamaha R1 engines. The electronic management of the gearbox is completely revised, with gear selection being made from the handlebars.
The Wazuma V8F Matt Edition features modified Momo (+Power) rims with Brembo calipers and four 324mm (12.7in) brake discs. The quad has a very specific suspension system consisting of four horizontal shock absorbers, made‐to‐measure by EMC. It rides on enormous wheels shod with slick tyres: 285‐30ZR18 for the front and 315‐30ZR18 for the rear.
Taking into account that the engine produces around 250 horsepower and that the quad only weighs 650 kg (1,433 lbs), performance is ballistic: top speed is around 200 mph (322 km/h). One could only reach that speed on a drag strip, as the one-off vehicle is not street legal in France. However, it is for sale for an unspecified sum.
Taking into account that “regular” Wazuma V8F quads cost around $250,000 (€181,460), it is better not to ask for the price of the one-off Matt Edition unless you have too much money in your bank account…
Scroll down for a video demonstration of the regular Lazareth Wazuma V8F.
By Dan Mihalascu