This is a Soviet rally car prototype that re-used mainly the headlights, windshield, front doors, and engine of the “Moskvich 2141”: a front wheel drive 5 door hatchback production car (which some consider to be a “communist replica” of Chrysler Europe’s 150 / Simca 1307 model). The rest of the car is very much entirely different; it features spaceframe construction, a mid-engine layout, and rear wheel drive. The 1478 cc UZAM-412 engine was bored out to 1995 cc to maximize the engine class.
It was very rare to find private projects of this magnitude in the old communist block where resources were scarce and expensive to get. However, the engineers got creative and sourced “free of charge” experimental materials/products for testing purposes from international suppliers. This helped to greatly lower costs. Overall, the 2141 KR was built expressly as a budget yet advanced rally car following the “recipe for success” of Group B, less the four wheel drive.
By the time the 2141 KR was completed in 1988, Group B had already been cancelled, but it was hoped that the Group S idea would be soon revived (where it could freely compete). When that didn’t happen, the last hope was that the car might be accepted for Group A/5 (experimental/prototype class) in national events. Ultimately, the project was not approved by the government thus cancelling everything. The car now sits in the “Autoreview” museum in Moscow.
|Production||1986~1988||# built: 1|
|Type||UZAM-412, I-4, OHC 8v, gas||mid mounted, longitudinal|
|Displacement||1995 cc||WRC = 1995 cc|
|Output power – torque||175 HP @ – rpm||– lb-ft @ – rpm|
|Materials||block: aluminum||head: aluminum|
|Type||rear wheel drive||N/A|
|Type||full spaceframe with integrated roll cage, polyurethane & fiberglass body panels, lexan windows, and clamshells|
|Front suspension||McPherson type struts|
|Steering system||N/A||ratio: N/A|
|length: 3840 mm / 151.2 in||width: 1690 mm / 66.5 in||height: 1360 mm / 53.5 in|
|wheelbase: N/A||front track: 1500 mm / 59 in||rear track: 1500 mm / 59 in|
|Rims – tires||
|Dry/Unladen Weight||890 kg (1960 lb)|
|Weight/power||5.1 kg/HP (11.2 lb/HP)|
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