Car Feature: Trabant 601
This past weekend, I hit up Motorstadt, in Macomb, MI. It was an all-euro show. As usual, there were several bagged GTi's, Golfs, Audis and such. But the cars that most caught my eye were this pair of Trabant 601's.
|The trabant came with an Air-Cooled P6X 594.5cc inline 2-cylinder making nearly 27hp! All of this power was put to the ground through a 4-speed manual transmission, propeling the "Trabi" to a blindinly fast 67mph!|
|The car weighed in at just under 1,400lbs, thanks to a rather interesting body material. It's composite. No, not Carbon Fiber. Nope. Not even Fiberglass. Or even GRP. It's made of a material called Duroplast. Similar to Bakelite or Formica, Duroplast is a resin plastic reinforced with either cotton or wool fibers....that's right...cotton. (More info: Duroplast)|
|The interior is the definition of Spartan. No ABS, power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, or, apparently, even a radio.|
|You could get this car in several variants, including an open-side version, a commercial van, a Limosine and even a higher-powered (800cc!!!) rally version!|