Weekly Drop: Eastern Block Ladas

I wanted to start a series about stanced cars from the former Eastern Block and initially I thought one post would be enough but now I realize I’ll have to divide it into different posts. This week is LADAs and all their wonderful variants!
Clicking each picture will take you to the original post (source) of the image. I can’t promise that all of them are in English but I can promise you that all of them have more pictures of each car. So click the damn pictures, you don’t wanna make Putin mad, do you?

Let’s take it chronologically and crazylogically (I invented this word, pay me to use it or I’ll sue you American style :P)! First off, a classic Lada done in a pretty conservative way. Classic yet pretty unlikely for westerners.
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Now a JDM one, with overfenders and a great big Japanese flag on the trunk. Not too crazy and definitely more eastern, far more eastern actually 😉
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Ok, one more! This time a more modern version of the timeless classic, with some nice JDM inspired mods.
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It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention this baby: a classic running on BMW E21 independent rear suspension. The full write-up is @Stanceworks if you click the image!
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How about the Samara? This one made waves when it first came out, from the absolutely slammed stanced to the wheels and the ITBs, everything screams! Screams what? Irrelevant!
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And a rat-rod-ish take on the same Lada Samara, this time a sedan. It’s like Mother Russia is stuck between eastern Japanese and western American styles of slammage. I love it either way!
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Be sure to check back next week for more eastern goodness. Gaz, Zaz and ther *azzes 🙂

BMW E92 335i

This was the second photshop I did for Supercar magazine’s contest, after the Opel Corsa one. Since they realized that I was the only one really competing (;)), they asked me to stop submitting work so other people can win. They offered me a collaboration and I got to do 3d models of unreleased cars based on nothing more than spy photos.
Looking back at this, I’d say it’s a bit tacky. I was going for the bird of pray look hence the lights and the talon-like spoked wheels. The name was meant to suggest that the new twin turbo engine will bring out the beast in the BMW 6-cylinder motor.

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I did this for a virtual tuning competition for a local car magazine back in 2006. I won a 1:18th scale Hummer for this piece and went on to do some collaborations with them on other projects 🙂
I’ve used the bumper from a Vectra, the rear diffuser from a Clio RS and lots of details from the Opel Antara concept car.

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Games I play: GTA5

This might not be an obvious choice for the gearhead out there but besides being one of the best open world games ever, the realistic cars and the customization options are top notch!
The amount of love the guys at Rockstar put into these vehicles is amazing, something I’ve been dreaming of doing since I started modeling 3d cars for games. There are enough parts to make this better than a lot of “tuning games” out there.
There are also subtle hints and easter eggs when it comes to everything, from the car names to the part names. If you’re a gearhead, this game will provide plenty of satisfaction 😀

This first one is a Benefactor Schwartzer aka Mercedes Benz C-Class coupe (or CLK if you forgot they changed the designation :P). It has some nice tuning options like race inspired bumpers and a rollcage so you can build your own hardcore Black Edition inspired track day car.
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Now for the Karin Intruder which is made with parts from various Japanese luxury sedans. Getting this maxed out will get you a nice VIP style car, too bad the wheel offsets are sooo bad on this one 🙁
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This is a van (forgot the name). I was surprised to see I can put an external oil cooler and a rollcage on it. Yay, drift van I thought to myself and added some wheels that look a lot like Volk’s TE37Vs. Too bad maxing out the performance still isn’t enough to make this fast. At least it looks drift-ready!
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This looks like a cross between a late model Mitsubishi Eclipse and an Audi TT. From this gayest of car intercourse comes this pretty cool-looking car that you can make into a race inspired street machine with very good handling and performance.
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Last but not least, this is the Pfister Comet, an quite obvious 911. I tried to emulate what Nakai San of Rauh Welt would do to a 911 and I giggled like a car nerd I am when I discovered that these aftermarket wheels are called “Ruff Weld” (you can see them closer on the first picture of the Mer… I mean Benefactor)
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PS: You’ll have to excuse the low resolution screnshots, that’s the best the in-game cellphone can take and until I get a capture card or the PC version, this is the best I can do 🙁

Games I play: Street Legal Racing: Redline

This is an old game by Invictus that revolved around the car tuning and illegal street racing scene. The game is not that visually impressive from the box and it’s buggy as hell but modding has kept it going.
You can get the game (apparently it’s abandonware, aka free) and tons of mods (cars, parts, tracks, etc) from these sites:

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Virtual Stance Works

Here are some cars I’ve built in the game:

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