The Trabant Still Makes For A Surprisingly Competent Rally Car Despite Being A Terrible Car

Eventually someone had to find something it was good at.

Do you remember the days when the Mini was the hottest thing in rally racing? Probably not, it was a long time ago. But you might have once read that the Mini’s very low weight and front-wheel-drive made it a surprising success at rallying, despite not being especially powerful. Well, another not very powerful but light car was the communist-era Trabant, from East Germany, which was made of plastic and broken dreams.

The car was punishment to have to slog to work in every day, but it can make for a surprisingly adequate rally car with some coaxing, here’s the proof.

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