July 29, 2011 after the end of the tests carried out at the factory OTO Melara — subsidiary of the Italian company Iveco in Madrid, Spain, the Army supplemented by 4 armored recovery vehicle (ARV) Centauro VCREC. These engineering machines have become completely new family of mobile standards wheeled armored vehicles based on a popular destination for Italian Centauro armored combat vehicle with an unmodified 8×8, and another delivery was an additional evidence of the continuation of a series of Centauro.
Weighing about 30 tons, Centauro VCREC contains a chassis Freccia, tap, main and auxiliary winches, blade / stabilizer, and two machine guns for protection.
Spain has become not only the first, but so far the only customer and the recipient of the new Atlet Centauro VCREC. The contract for the development and subsequent delivery of four similar machines for the Spanish Army was signed in September 2007. Final assembly work Atlet carried out on the Iveco factory in Madrid. New cars handed over to the Spanish Army light armored regiments "Spain" and "Lusitania." Earlier, Spain bought 84 armored fighting vehicles Centauro, armed with 105 mm cannons.