The little yellow guy in the right lane above with the "Flitzer" license plate looks like a Trabant 601 wagon and it's called a Trabant, but it's got little to do with the impoverished East German runabout that did its part to drive Communist ideals further into the ground. You'd almost be forgiven for not knowing there's a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine up front, until you have look at that rear track... and the wheelie bars in back.

So with a power-to-weight ratio akin to an LS9-powered scooter, it's no surprise that the Trabbi puts a pasting on a slightly tuned, 580-horsepower Nissan GT-R - we don't know what happened with Godzilla's shifting, but it was all over from the hole shot. It's still fun to watch, though, and you can do that in the video below.



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      mic414
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Trabant actually had several strong suites: it was lightweight, made of plastic (recycled plastic at that), so no rust. It was durable, cheap to maintain and easy to fix. It was the perfect car for rural Eastern-Europe. No pickup trucks there. Good to see it beat the GT-R. :)
      Rotation
      • 8 Months Ago
      You have a flappy paddle gearbox and you are still blaming shifts for your problems? What's up?
      rcavaretti
      • 8 Months Ago
      Big power. Light car. Perfect formula.
      B747-8i
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the Space Shuttle already proved that if you put enough power behind a brick it will fly.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      that just made my day :)
      Goahead
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yea, straight track I understand. Take them to either a real race track or a to speed run.
        J W
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Goahead
        You can't take a purpose build drag car and put in on a racetrack. That's not what it was built for. Same goes for a top speed run, it was geared to be fast in a quarter mile. It would likely top out slightly past the quarter mile distance. This Trabant was built for the quarter mile, it's no surprise it beat the GTR.
      kontroll
      • 8 Months Ago
      even the east germans beat thejapanese what a joke: Trabant beating gtr what a good laugh I had. next we'll have Wartburg beating the other japanese called toyota LFA
      muspod
      • 8 Months Ago
      i wonder how it does on the Nurburgring?
        porosavuporo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @muspod
        It will probably take two corners and then spontaneously combust. Assuming it still has its cardboard bodywork.