Our crazy Russian gearhead is back with yet another motor on his terrifying Lada monstrosity. Only this time, he might have finally admitted that it was a mistake.
Garage 54 might just require an intervention. First he started with two motors hooked up on a single Lada. The 2.7-L inline 8-cylinder video was good for a few laughs, but it didn’t result in much of a performance boost.
But then he caught the bug. Pretty soon it was three motors in a row with a custom nose extension and a home radiator installed, not to mention a third axle. That was a 4.0-L inline 12-cylinder that actually (and very surprisingly) showed some improvement over the stock Lada. They took it to the dynojet and found that it made 152 rear wheel hp, proving that things were roughly additive when you linked up three engines in a row.
At the end of the three motor video, Garage 54 said they’d probably end at just the three motors. But even then, you could tell in his face that wasn’t going to be the end of it. He had that itch, and the only way to scratch it was with more engines.
So now we’ve got a 4 motor, 5.6-L inline 16-cylinder Lada. And it’s a terrifying monster.
With so many motors on the front end, the car basically has no weight distribution--it’s basically 99:1. The front tires are far too small to provide any real grip while the rear wheels wobble dangerously when this train of Lada engines motors on past.
With three engines, zero to 60 kph (37 mph) took just under 6 seconds. With four engines, acceleration is back up to 7 seconds, and that’s being generous. Even a set of homemade snow tires with embedded screws can’t give this thing enough stability to get over 70 kph (43 mph), and even Garage 54 admits that “this thing is pretty terrifying.”
Finally, on the fourth test run, several distributor caps explode and he calls it quits, admitting that 4 daisy chained motors were probably too much. He says he can stop whenever he wants, but we know that’s a lie. Someone is going to need to help this man.