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A quick history lesson before we actually get into talking about this awesome creation from the Czech Republic. Tatra is a vehicle manufacturer based out of the Czech Republic and was originally founded back in 1850. The Tatra brand however didn’t become a reality until 1919 and is the third oldest automaker in the world behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot. An obscure automaker on the global scene, Tatra is recognized for its rear-mounted, air-cooled V8 engine; which when developed back in the 1930s was very sophisticated for its time.
The Trabant, for those who don’t know, is an infamous East German car with a two-stroke engine and plastic body panels. In so many ways it epitomizes what’s wrong with implementing Communism.
So what happens when you combine an air-cooled V8 powerplant with a Trabant, with plans to go sideways? This one-of-a-kind, wickedly awesome drift car.
Originally built for Rodeocross, a form of motorsports that takes place on a dirt road course, organizers claimed that it was too dangerous to run, so off it went sideways onto the drift scene. We think its an excellent example of just how much fun you can have in a sport where there are very few rules.
We’re hoping a video surfaces of this bad boy in full sideways action, since we’ll probably never get to witness it in person. Although the owner of the car is reportedly willing to part with his prized possession – and for just $1,500 dollars.