Video: Top Gear has Lotus tune Lada

Though we're not sure how old this is, we figured that you would enjoy another installment of those crazy blokes at Top Gear, this time taking a hapless LADA Riva 1.5E and throwing the nutters at Lotus Engineering something approaching a blank check.

In two weeks time, they turn the 35 bhp four-wheeled apology into a 180 bhp Eastern-Bloc BMW 2002. No mention of the cost involved, but figuring in the quoted 1,000 man hours and plenty of bespoke handiwork (exhaust, seats, etc.) and a premium paint job, and this is more than likely the most expensive Riva going. Fortunately, it also appears to be the most fun.

[Source: Top Gear via YouTube]


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