Who says you need rear wheel drive and lots of power to be fast?
Wolfgang Ziegler raced his Trabant 601 on the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge in 2011 at Hockenheimring. His modified East German car made of reinforced cotton fibers is powered by an eighty horsepower engine, a two-cylinder air cooled, two-stroke smoker. And it is front wheel drive..
Wolfgang gave a fellow racer on a BMW M3 (E30) a run for his money: while the BMW was much faster on the straights, the lightweight joke-on-wheels that is the Trabant was much faster on the corners, and on lap after lap the commie car leaves the BMW behind and finishes ahead of the Bavarian dream machine.
It goes to show that a well sorted car, on the hands of a good driver, is a good combination for racing!
More on Wolfgang's twp-stroke wonder here (in German): http://www.autobild.de/artikel/trackt…