The Laika 601 Deluxe is the main car that the character drives and maintains throughout the game.At the beginning of the game, an incomplete Laika 601 is found just outside the garage the player awakes in. The player is then given a short tutorial about the car's parts, their purposes, their locations on the car, how to install them, and any additional details regarding proper use by their Uncle. Additionally, the player is prompted to take an extremely weathered door off of a Laika 601 frame found nearby and install it on the player's own car. Afterwards, the player is notified of various features within the car, most notably the car's keys, before beginning their journey.
However, the tutorial is optional; if the player chooses the skip it, all the car's parts and the spare door will automatically installed.
Specifications (stock) Edit
Acceleration (0-80 km/h): 15 seconds
Top speed: 90 km/h in 21 seconds
Claimed fuel efficiency: 25 km/L or ≈ 60 MPG
Internal Components Edit
Engine Block– The main component of your car. Without it your car will not start or move. Poorly maintained engine blocks will reduce top speed.
Air Filter – A nonessential component of your car that will reduce wear on the engine. Poorly maintained air filters will increase engine wear rate.
Fuel Tank – Holds the fuel and oil mix of your car. Poorly maintained fuel tanks will leak the fuel mix.
Carburetor – Delivers an air and fuel mixture to the engine's combustion chamber. Poorly maintained carburetors will decrease fuel efficiency.
Water Tank – A nonessential component that holds the water that is used to clean the windshield. Poorly maintained water tanks will leak water.
Ignition Coil – Uses power from the battery to start the engine. Poorly maintained ignition coils will struggle to start the engine.
Battery – Provides power to the ignition coil and various electrical components. Batteries without a charge will be unable to power electrical components, or start the engine.
External Components Edit
Trunk – Provides additional storage space in the rear of the car; stores two tires and 24 small items. Larger-sized items can be inserted, but will take up more slots.
Tool Rack – Can be installed inside the trunk after being purchased at a Laika Dealership. Contains a car jack and a crowbar, both of which are colored blue to differentiate between equipment bought at an Outershop and equipment from the tool rack. Also includes a spanner, which functions similarly to repair kits. Upgraded variants can also be purchased at a Laika Dealership; each upgrade improves the spanner's functionality.
Roof Rack – Can be installed on the roof after being purchased at a Laika Dealership. Provides space for two additional tires and 18 small items.
Door – Keeps the car's interior safe from the weather and acts as an entry way to get in the car. The passenger-side door can be replaced by purchasing a new door at a Laika Dealership. Paintable.
Hood – Covers the engine bay of the car. Can be unlatched by pulling a handle behind the left side of the steering wheel and then lifted up by the player. Paintable.
Windows – Lets the player see outside from within the car. The driver and passenger door windows can be rolled down.
Windshield – Identical to the windows. The front windshield will also form cracks if the player crashes into obstacles. Cracks can be repaired by completely repairing all of the engine components.
Car Body – Forms the shape of the entire car. Nothing can be done with the body, as it needs no maintenance, aside from the fact that it can be painted.
Mud Guards – Can be installed on the car after being purchased at a Laika Dealership. It halves the amount of mud that accumulates on the car body, windows, and windshields while driving on dirt roads or off-road.
Spray Paint – Can be purchased at a Laika Dealership. Allows the player to paint the car body, the hood, the doors, and the interior a certain color.
Decal – Can be purchased at a Laika Dealership. Adds visual cosmetic effects on the car body.
License Plate – Can be found on the front bumper and on the rear of the car. Every player will have a unique license plate number generated when starting a new game. The number generated follows real license plate guidelines used in East Germany.
Windshield Wipers – Clears the windshield from rain, as well as mud that gets kicked up from driving off-road. Front windshield only.
Water Jets – Although you cannot see them, they face the windshield and when activated (by clicking the small button on the wiper stalk) spray water onto the windshield and activates the wipers simultaneously to clean any mud that has accumulated on the window. Front windshield only.
Abandoned Laika Edit
Main article: Abandoned Car
Rarely alongside roads, the player can encounter an abandoned Laika 601 on concrete blocks. These cars don't have wheels or doors, but the trunk and hood is still intact. Sometimes, the player can find a box or other item in the driver seat and the trunk, as well as some other items. If the player opens the hood, they can find engine parts, typically in moderate to low durability levels. Players cannot attach parts to the Laika, even if the parts came from the car itself.
- The Laika 601 is based on the real-world Trabant 601 (popularly known as the "Trabi" in the former Eastern Block), which was built by VEB Sachsenring in the German Democratic Republic between 1963 and 1990.
- "Laika" is the name of the first animal (a dog) to be sent into outer space by the Soviet Union.