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Lazareth's 250 hp, Ferrari-powered Wazuma V8 quad goes up for sale


December 27, 2011

Lazareth's Wazuma V8F features a 3.0L Ferrari V8 engine, a handlebar-controlled BMW gearbo...

Lazareth's Wazuma V8F features a 3.0L Ferrari V8 engine, a handlebar-controlled BMW gearbox, and custom shocks by EMC - and is now offered for sale at EUR 200,000

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In my part of the world, quad bikes (or ATVs) are everywhere. They're great for dropping in and out of the fields to check the vines, as well as hitting the road or dirt track for a bit of well-earned fun. Although there are quite powerful examples, for the most part quads are unlikely to generate the same kind of drool as, say, a Ducati superbike. That's certainly not true of Lazareth's Wazuma V8F - which is built around a 250 horsepower Ferrari 3 liter V8 engine, features a BMW gearbox and sports customized Brembo braking and Momo rims. As you've probably already worked out, though, this unique beast of a quad doesn't come cheap.

Based on the company's Wazuma R1 (which was built around a Yamaha R1 1000cc engine), the Wazuma V8F has two spaced front wheels and two attached/closed wheels at the rear - somewhat blurring the obvious lines between Spyder-like trikes and Venom Evil-like quad bikes. Built as a company showpiece and first displayed at Top Marques 2010 in Monaco, Ludovic Lazareth's one-off creation features a Ferrari 3.0L V8 engine that's capable of delivering 250 horsepower, a handlebar-controlled six-speed sequential gearbox from a BMW M3, and four made-to-measure horizontal shocks made by EMC.

At the heart of this beast is a Ferrari 3.0L V8 engine that's capable of delivering 250 ho...

The Ferrari-red-colored V8F quad weighs just 650 kg (1,433 pounds) and benefits from electric power steering, modified 18-inch Momo (+Power) rims with slick tires and Brembo calipers on four 324mm disc brakes. It's said to incorporate the injection system of two sport bike engines, electronically-controlled by a Sybelle system. There are eight intake funnels for 4 exhaust outlets and a huge cooling radiator. Engine management can be modified via a computer.

Custom car and motorcycle maker Lazareth - based in Annecy, France - is no stranger to demanding top prices for its custom creations, and has quite an exotic vehicle pedigree that includes designing and building the FZR Turbo motorcycle for the film Babylon AD and the supercharged Buell XB12S that impressed us back in 2007.

The eight intake funnels for 4 exhaust outlets dominate the squat

The company's Wazuma V8F is now up for sale for the asking price of EUR 200,000 (US$261,000), which is only a few thousand Euros less than the quoted European price of the forthcoming Ferrari 458 Spider sports car (EUR 226,800 in Europe/US$257,000 in the U.S.), but with the latter you'll get a 4.5 liter V8 engine, a top speed of just under 200 mph (320 km/h) and protection from less-than-dry weather conditions in the shape of an automated folding aluminum hard-top roof.

Before you jump in with checkbook in hand, though, you might want to get in touch with your local transport authority to make sure that the V8F is road legal where you intend to ride it. Lazareth has clearly already done so on its home turf, as you can see from this very brief video of the Wazuma V8F on the road:

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This is nuts !!! I WANT ONE...

Frank Greco
27th December, 2011 @ 04:19 pm PST

It looked lower in the pictures compared to the fillum.

Prefer the low slung racing side car look.

Not so keen on the upright ATV. Not really keen on the open inlet tracts either.

But - choosers can't be beggars.

Mr Stiffy
27th December, 2011 @ 05:53 pm PST

I think there must be a typo though.

When was the last time a Ferrari 3 litre V8 put out 250 hp? Are they using 1950's engines?

28th December, 2011 @ 02:39 am PST

Why do people keep on building bloody useless, stratospherically expensive man-boy toys like this - or have I managed to answer that by myself? That thing is as impractical on-road as off, has all the disadvantages of a motorbike with none of the advantages, and none of the benefits of a car, either. Thousands of hours of effort have gone into building a piece of tat, suitable only for decorating a motorshow stand or adding to some under-taxed, petrol-head billionaire's car collection. And it does absolutely bugger all to advance transport technology in any way shape or form. It's bollocks.

Alexander Lowe
28th December, 2011 @ 04:10 am PST

Hmmm, Ducati Panigale ... 10% of the price, 25% of the weight and yet 78% of the power. Come on Monsieur Lazareth, you are going to have to try harder than that.

28th December, 2011 @ 06:20 am PST

Just the ticket for hard farm use! Those eight unfiltered carburetor intake tubes will add to farm safety by sucking all the dust and dirt out of the air. The Consumer Health Protection Agency and OSHA may want to make this ATV required equipment.

Marvin McConoughey
28th December, 2011 @ 08:57 am PST

Careful camera angles to hide what I suspect is a hard mounted rear drivetrain with no suspension or vertical travel. If so, it's lame.

28th December, 2011 @ 05:36 pm PST

Mr Lowe,I agree with you summation of the Wazuma V-8 quad.I have been in the long and taxing process of designing and building what I call an Eco Exotic Sports Car.My philosophy is energy efficiency with performance and conservation.I have not met with the appropriate person to help fund the completion of my project.It frustrates ones intellect to see the amount of time and money put into vehicles like the Wazuma strictly as a see what I can do vehicle when we need to get serious on energy conservation and practicality.I have a challenge that I will address with my car the Zoleco once I complete the proof of concept.That is The 150mph/150mpg Challenge on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Zoltan Bod
28th December, 2011 @ 08:17 pm PST

It looks kind of cool from some angles, but when you put a person on it, the vehicle looks like a poorly-designed lawnmower.

I'll keep my Spyder, thanks.

2nd November, 2013 @ 04:59 am PDT

just what I need

Armand Cote
7th January, 2014 @ 03:27 pm PST

The four-wheeler boasts a 3-litre V8 engine which was sourced from a 1970s Ferrari 308 sports car.

Rocky Van Vorde
4th December, 2014 @ 02:17 pm PST
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