Two Cadillac Eldorado engines in a 1986 Yugo sounds like the opening to a bad joke, but it’s actually the core of a really cool car. Most car enthusiasts want at least one car in their lives that they can do some modifications on to make it their own. While that is common among us, the choice of a Yugo is definitely unique. The funny thing is, though, it works.
Ridetech got their hands on the Yugo and were not happy with the 1.3 liter engine. They decided an 8.2 liter V8 and an even larger version of the same engine in the back would be what they might consider “adequate”. That makes for 1,000 cubic inches of engines that make 900 horsepower combined on the all-wheel drive machine. The engine swap wasn’t very simple though.
Fitting such large engines in such a small car requires some body modifications. If it were a Mustang or a Civic, finding these would be as simple as consulting Google. That market doesn’t exactly exist for the 1986 Yugo. Ridetech had to specially expand the Yugo to a widebody version of itself and even extended the back of the car to fit the larger engines. Instead of creating entirely new panels, they simply expanded on what was already there, so this Yugo looks just like a regular one, making it the ultimate sleeper car. The car also needed two carburetors and a custom transmission to work with two engines. The car also has custom suspension to accommodate for the extra weight and its location.
Take a look at Ridetech’s video featuring the Yugo making a run on the local autocross track at the end: