The 9.000rpm Honda-powered Trabant from "Hell"

A very humble car turned into a proper monster – this is Ronny Urland´s 270hp/860hg Trabant

Many older readers will know what a Trabant is (most particularly the 601S model). Produced by East Germany´s VEB Sachsenring as an affordable car for the masses, it had some commercial success but as far as sportiness goes, it was not a contender for any prizes. Powered by a 0.6-liter two stroke engine capable of around 25hp, and mocked by some for having cardboard bodywork (truth was that it just used some fibrous reinforcing material to ensure proper rigidity), it would always take some crazy character to look at it and turn it into a bona fide hillclimb monster, capable of holding its own on the extremely competitive Berg Cup series in Germany.

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Well, none of this stopped Ronny Urland. In fact, few things can stop him or his car now, as it's powered by a mid-mounted H22 Honda engine (used in the Prelude for example) with 270hp/9,000rpm, weighs 860Kg, has aerodynamic enhancements capable of rivalling any touring car and has clocked a 0-100kph sprint in 3.2 seconds. Depending on gearing it can also reach a top speed of 235kph, which was declared a world record in 2010 by the Guinness Book of Records for a Trabant car.

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