In stock form a Trabant’s two-cycle engine would struggle to power one of the Nissan GT-R’s turbos, so just what exactly is going on here? A lesson in humility, my friends. Look at the Trabi’s back end…see the widened axle and drag slicks? See the wheelie bars? The second the lights turn green both of those pieces are going to be put to good use. Somewhere in that banana-yellow wagon lies a very tweaked and tuned Volkswagen VR6 3.0L with what sounds like a healthy turbo force-feeding it. You can tell just from the warmup that this little Cold War-era breadbox is a serious player.
Not that the GT-R is anything to sneeze at in stock form, but this particular Nissan has had some tuning work done by COBB and has dyno numbers in the 580hp range, so even with the Trabant’s mods, it should be a fairly good race. So, how close was it? According to the video’s author, the Nissan mis-shifted…something we highly doubt, considering that the GT-R is a paddle-shifted car…and ran an 11.8 quarter. The Trabant ran it in 11.3 seconds.
You know what that sound is? An ego deflating…ouch.