Have you ever heard of the Mini Moke? This is a classic Mini based car that Alec Issigonis made for British Motor Corporation (BMC) was designed. And with the "Mini" the Moke has a lot in common. The original look came from Buckboard prototype, which was used at the time to test the mechanical components of the minis for their reliability while driving. Some time later, it became a military vehicle similar to the successful US jeep. However, the small wheels were a problem because the low ground clearance prevented them from being used as real off-road vehicles. For this reason, the Moke was then offered as a civilian version, which should convince with low costs and easy maintenance.
460 hp V8 engine from a Maserati
And the success was certainly there, if not quite at the level of the VW buggy that was popular at the time. In the period from 1964 to 1993 some fan clubs were founded in Europe, Africa and Australia and the Moke got a cult factor similar to the Mini. And the variant of Ludovic Lazareth would have literally gone through the roof at that time. We are sure of it! Because Lazareth actually somehow stuffed a 460 hp V8 engine from a Maserati into the tiny moke. And working on the little Brit are out of the team Annecy-le-Vieux not new. After all, about 3 years ago with the "Mini Moke Amphibious Lazareth LM847" one Amphibious vehicle presented based on the moke (Video at the end of the post) that was sold in small numbers.
Mini V8 M can't swim - but grass!
And now Lazareth has used a leftover aluminum moke replica body from the prototype phase of the amphibian moke for a potent one-off piece that CANNOT swim. And the LAZARETH MINI V8 M even looks really good. He got sporty 17-inch rims screwed onto the short glossy green painted body and the tiny modified bonnet actually hides a 4,7-liter V8 Maserati engine (derived from the Ferrari F136) with 460 HP and a maximum torque of 520 Newton meters. There was also the automatic transmission and the steering wheel paddles from Maserati and the extremely spartan but typical Moke cabin, which now houses a center console due to the gearbox conversion.
Empty weight of only 850 kg
Two individual seats with seat belts are installed, there was a small sports steering wheel with a Maserati emblem and a minimalist dashboard with speedometer. The entire vehicle has an empty weight of only 850 kilograms. That means the moke has a power-to-weight ratio of 1,85 kg per horsepower. And all without any noteworthy security systems. The roll bar installed behind the seats should not really protect against serious injuries in the event of an accident. The Mini V8 M is therefore rightly so none Street legal. Somehow a shame! If we receive timely information on further details, there is of course an update for this report. You will be informed if you simply use ours Feed subscribe to. Have fun watching the pictures and stay true to us!
(Photos: Lazareth Auto Moto)
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Moke with 460 HP V8 from Lazareth Auto-Moto
Mini Moke Amphibious Lazareth LM847
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