Garage 54 proves the Lada Riva can become anything.
When all your posh friends have a brand-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the only way you can one-up them is with more wheels. We've seen 6x6 creations of the famous Merc off-roader, as well 6x6 conversions to the Jeep Gladiator, the Ford Bronco, and even the humble Chevy Silverado. In fact, we've seen so many 6x6 conversions that we're not even surprised when a new tuner unveils such a monstrosity.
So how do you grab attention when these massive machines are a dime a dozen? Well, if you're in Russia, you take an old Lada Riva sedan, add five axles to the rear end, and replace the front axle with one from a truck. Voila, you now have a 14-wheeler.
This curious car has been built by Garage 54, a Russian workshop that provides informative and entertaining videos on cars. We've covered the outfit before, most recently when the employees there converted a diesel engine to run on gasoline. That very engine is what powers this huge 14-wheeler, which sends its power to the traditional rear axle.
Garage 54 has built a frame from square tubing and has connected the axle hubs to each other via the wheels and tires. As a result, the traditionally-placed axle powers the two below it, and these power the three below those, with power finally making its way to the ground through six ground-based wheels.
The idea was very simple and needed very few calculations - these guys just come up with an idea and run with it. At the front, the builders needed this thing to be level, so a massive truck axle was fitted with huge piping welded to a makeshift frame. This piping supports the weight of the engine and the rest of the car, but despite the notable increase in mass, the vehicle seems to handle basic low-speed driving with relative ease, despite a little slippage from the wet tires.
Of course, parking is a nightmare, as is access to the cabin, but what matters is how much fun everyone seems to have on these truly unique builds. Unlike the G-Wagen, you won't find one of these parked outside Tom Ford on Madison Avenue.