Factory-stock, a 1988 Yugo GV is a vehicle that – to put it mildly – leaves a lot to be desired. But the Yugoslavian-built econobox in this video is far from original, possessing a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 under the hood. Because race car.
The “small car + big engine” formula is often a recipe for a wild, handful of a car, and that’s doubly true when the car in question is a tiny, crude, FWD economy car from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. That’s true enough on dry pavement, but compounding matters is the fact that this Yugo GV’s gutsy owner uses his LS-swapped example ice racing. To bolster traction, he’s gone ahead and put screws through the tires, which seems prudent.
Even more impressive than this owner’s bravery is the fact that the Yugo can make its way down the frozen 1/8-mile stretch in less than 8 seconds, trapping speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
It’s a perplexing build, but one that we can’t help but admire – so long as it’s someone else risking life and limb in the drivers seat. Go ahead and click play to see this LS-swapped Yugo in action.