Lada To Race In World Touring Car Championship, We're Too Stunned To Make Russian JokesS

Normally, when you see a Lada on these pages it's because it is driving in the subway or has been transformed into a monster. But this time we've got a full fledged race version of the tough Lada 110 that's hoping to compete in the WTCC series opposite 3-series bimmers and Euro-spec Accords. If this is a joke we're biting down hard because we want to believe.

Dubbed the Lada 1106, the idea of a Russian car in a European racing series is slightly more absurd than a team of Jamaicans competing in bobsledding. The entrant is the brainchild of Russian Bears Motorsport, which plans to enter two of these in the WTCC race at Valencia in a couple of weeks with the goal of finishing "into the top three of the privateers at the end of the season." Dream on you crazy Russian bears, we're with you. [RBM via autoblog.nl via World Car Fans]