Beware the Lada Turbo

Posted by Tom Ford at 5:05 pm on Friday January 9, 2009

You may laugh at Lada jokes, but there’s something very, very appealing about this car. It’s supposed to be a bit crappy. It’s supposed to be slow. Then it isn’t either of those things. More unexpected speed, please. 

  1. Stig's Irish Cousin said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Forgot that Ladas were reardrive. Some neighbours of mine used to have Ladas (2 in case one broke down!) and they said the rear drive was great for towing a horse box – better for drifting!

  2. bundi said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That’s not a turbo, it’s a VFTS with a 1.6 litre engine fed by double Weber carburettors, and equipped with a dog-box wich produces that enormously loud gear whine. It was made in Lithuania as a special rally version of the Lada 2105 (aka Riva in the UK)

    This car has it’s place in hungarian petrolhead’s dream garage

  3. Torch(USA) said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    hate dog cut gears. sooo obnoxois. but turbo or no, thats a badass lada

  4. Wizardus said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    köszi hogy kijavítottad a tévedést bundi, ahogy láttam a kezdőképet egyből tudtam hogy hiba van a készülékben :)

    bundi is right, that’s still the ultimate cheap rally car here in hungary. Some of them are specially tuned by inshed-specialists :D

  5. Wizardus said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    And the driver’s name is Árpád Balatonyi

    P.S. if you liked that video, take a good look at this… and you forget all the lada jokes ;)

  6. PJ said...
    Friday January 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like its being forced to drift. It sounds really gripped.

  7. Tom Ford said...
    Saturday January 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    BTW – thanks Bundi, I was just guessing because you there’s been a fad of dropping light-pressure turbo Twinks (Fiat Twin-cam) into old 126s, so the idea was there. And that straight-cut box noise added to the confoooosion…

  8. boring said...
    Monday January 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ladas are great first cars. Cheap and sturdy. So if you hit anything, who cares. And they are rear-wheel-drive! Perfect for thrashing around in forest roads. Even Kimi Räikkönen had one!

  9. 1600E said...
    Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 9:33 am Link to comment Report comment

    pigs do fly….

  10. AlexZaitcev said...
    Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 2:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    A live from Russia, and it’s really 85 percentage of population drive LADA. Because this more accessible than foreign car. This concern reserve spare, if comparison our and another car. Many people in my country preference used Japan car with right steering wheel than new LADA. He maintain what is more secure.

  11. biser said...
    Thursday November 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm Link to comment Report comment

    jigula tova ne se pravi s ra4na

  12. somewone said...
    Saturday February 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeee, my father has this lada :D:D:P

  13. denis said...
    Tuesday February 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    good-good lada-vaz01 basik.

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    Friday March 11, 2011 at 7:30 am Link to comment Report comment

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