Is the Lada-lifting a hoax?
Mythbusting the TCM-way
You saw that video the other day, right? You know, where the Russian guy just lifts the back of a red Lada Samara and moves it closer to the gas pump? In the name of science and the trustworthiness of the internet we had to find out if it's possible at all.
For scientific accuracy, we got our hands on a Samara (red of course).
To make things more interesting, we also brought a military Trabant, and Béla Kathi, bodybuilder and powerlifter champion.
After our experiment we came back with the following conclusions:
First, the video is not necessarily a hoax, it is possible to move a car like this. The Samara is one of the lightest front-engine, front wheel drive car on this side of the Iron Curtain. The Trabant is even lighter and it had a special, military-spec rear bumper (khm...a steel pipe), enabling soldiers to lift it the way we just did. Having some snow or ice also helps. A lot, actually.
Second, we need to work out more. A lot more. Does anyone know a good neurosurgeon? A masseuse maybe?