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From Russia With Love


There’s a saying in Australia: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  The land down under may not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for a flaming hot Russian made Lada, but that’s exactly where we find this one of a kind Fat Punk Studio and Engine4 conceived work of art.What was once a 1986 Lada Niva 4×4 has been transformed into a RWD drag machine.  Built originally as a not officially affiliated Hot Wheels themed show car equipped with AccuAir management for Australian based air suspension distributor Pro Bag, this little monster quickly took on a life of its own once it was equipped with a 434 CI Small Block Chevy V8 motor with an 871 TBS blower the size of a kangaroo and enough meth injected power to give a drug dealer a run for his money.
Custom made 22 x 10″ rear and 20 x 8″ front wheels were tacked on once they finished chopping the top, shaving the body and making tubs big enough to hold and eat those massive rims.

When I previously wrote that this Lada was built as a Hot Wheels themed show car, I wasn’t kidding!  This killer concept car lives on as the toy car of our dreams as it tours the Aussie mainland in this one of a kind enclosure put together by Engine4.
Although the beauty of this piece might be the massive motor to some, or the tucking wheels to others, what grabbed my attention when I first saw this ride was the beautiful artwork displayed on the exterior of this car.
Hand drawn skulls, roses, tanks and other Soviet styled designs from Fat Punk Studio decorate the exterior of this ride in a way that showcases the outrageous lines and proportions like no other Niva before it.
It’s important to note that although the outer illustrations might look painted on, they’re actually printed onto vinyl and are all applied by hand from Enter Signman.  Check out this video to see how it was done:

A dream that started off as a paper cutout quickly became realized by a group of very talented folks.  The next time you see a child playing with a toy car, remember to encourage their dreams because you never know how little…
…or how big they can grow to be in the end.  Shout outs go to X Customs.

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