This is a Russian rally car based on the VAZ-2105 and built by the firm VFTS, which was founded and managed by famous Lithuanian rally driver Stasys Brundza. It competed in a few WRC outings but the car was more competitive in Eastern Europe’s national events, especially in the rally sprint format. It received Group B homologation in late 1982. Production of the VFTS started in 1979 and officially ended in 1990 with a total of 30 units built that sold around the world. However, the car had gained so much notoriety among rally enthusiasts that many privateers started to copy the VFTS. Replicas still compete in various rally club series to this day.
|Group/Class||B/10||Homologation number: B-222 (click to see papers)|
|Type||I-4, SOHC 8v, gas||front, longitudinal|
|Displacement||1588 cc||WRC = 1588 cc|
|Output power – torque||160~180 HP @ 7000~7500 rpm||122~134 lb-ft (165~182 Nm) @ 5500~6000 rpm|
|Materials||block: cast iron||cylinder head: aluminum|
|Type||rear wheel drive||Spur 4 or 5 speed single row manual gearbox|
|Type||FIAT 124 modified steel monocoque chassis with roll cage, widened wheel arches, polycarbonate side windows, roof and trunk spoilers, (1986+) aluminum door panels|
|Front suspension||struts, coil springs|
|Rear suspension||struts, coil springs, reinforced straight axle|
|Steering system||worm roller gear||16.4:1|
|length: 4090 mm (161.0 in)||width: 1725 mm (67.9 in)||height: 1400 mm (55.1 in)|
|wheelbase: N/A||front track: 1365 mm (53.7 in)||rear track: 1321 mm (52.0 in)|
|Rims – tires||
|Dry/Unladen Weight||920~950 kg (2028~2094 lb)|
|Weight/power||5.1~5.9 kg/HP (11.3~13.1 lb/HP)|
HOMOLOGATION / PRODUCTION VERSION
VAZ: Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod (now AvtoVAZ), is better known as Lada. The 2105, also known as the “Zhiguli”, was based on the Fiat 124 platform, and was introduced in 1979. Incredibly, the production lasted until 2010. While it was obviously conceived as an economy car without any motorsport aspirations, the 2105 is still very popular among Russian and Eastern Europe’s automobile enthusiasts.
There is too many different specifications for this car so I will not be making a spec sheet. In short, the street version in the Group B period made around 70 HP. You can find more by yourself if you CLICK HERE!
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