Fiat 500 it is one of the most famous cars globally, a symbol of made in Italy and a timeless icon. There are those who admire it and those who have tried to modify it to make it decidedly bizarre but also suitable for a greater number of road users: we are talking about the Ellantor company that modified the Cinquino by transforming it into a three-wheeled car, or rather in a car with the rear wheels in a central position.
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This singular Fiat 500 was pinched on a German autobahn, with the photos being posted on Reddit immediately attracting the attention of several users. Eventually it turned out that the credit for this questionable creation goes to this company for that 5.980 euros VAT included, can modify Fiat 500, Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia into a vehicle that can be legally driven from 16 years in Germany as it is classified under L5e class “three-wheeler” vehicledespite having four wheels. According to the law, Germans can drive as early as 17 but only if accompanied and unsupervised at 18.
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Ellenator achieves this by replacing the standard rear axle with a new one that features a pair of 14-inch wheels located a few inches apart. These new wheels they fit into a modified section of the trunk and the standard wheel arches are filled with sheet metal. The company also intervenes on the power of the engine, which is reduced to just 20 hp. These changes effectively transform the car into a three-wheeler (although technically it still has four wheels) and allow young people to drive it. Interventions of this kind on a car risk having an impact on the stability of the vehicle, even if Ellantor says that at any time it is possible to convert the car back to its original setting. This way the owner can drive a regular car once they are the right age to drive a 4-wheeled car.