Soviet racing cars-
The ZIL 112 S, appeared in 1962.
As with most Soviet sports cars, the 112 S used parts from production Soviet cars. For example, the front suspension was taken from a GAZ 21 Volga, though the rear suspension was fully original, as well as disk brakes on all wheels (rear brakes were settled down to a main gear). Of two cars built, one had a 6-liter V8 engine providing 230hp, and the other, a 6.95-liter V8 capable of 270hp, both developed from the stock ZIS 110 unit. Depending on the engine, the 112 S could run 260-270km/h. As with the engines, transmissions were taken from ZIS 110, but redesigned slightly to employ lightened aluminum components. Compared to earlier 112 modifications, the 112 S had shorter wheelbase (2190mm) and less weight (1300kg).
Driving the 230hp car, Viktor Galkin came 3rd in 1963 Soviet championship, and in 1965, the 270hp 112 S won the championship with Gennadi Zharkov at the wheel.
In 1962, one of the cars received a brand-new, more enclosed body and belly-pan fairing, covering all the mechanicals beneath the car, to attempt a run at a Soviet land speed record. The 112 RG, as it was named, was taken to the Astrakhan region to race on Baskunchak salt lake. But that year, Baskunchak was awash with rain – which, in fact, was almost never seen there – and the 112 RG reached only 200-230km/h. The tires couldn’t run faster on such a surface
Nifty keen. I had no idea such things took place in the Soviet Union. As we were never told about those evil boogeymen. I’m glad they did and bummer about the rain.