Infamous Russian arms maker Kalashnikov says that it has the “cutting edge” details to take on Elon Musk’s Tesla electric car. Kalashnikov will begin making a retro-looking supercar that the company is certain will compete with the Tesla.
Kalashnikov, best known for its AK-47 rifle, has been inspired by a rare 1970s car model, saying the technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla. On Thursday, Kalashnikov presented the retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow, according to The Guardian. The vehicle can travel 217 miles (350km) on one charge.
“This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor,” RIA-Novosti quoted the Kalashnikov press office as saying. “We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept.” The look of the new car was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called “Izh-Kombi”, according to a statement on the Kalashnikov website.
Earlier this week, online users ridiculed Kalashnikov’s new bipedal combat robot. The golden-colored machine, reportedly named “Igorek” in production stages, immediately became a subject of social media memes.
Kalashnikov has long been trying to expand its brand, recently launching lines of clothing and other civilian merchandise ranging from umbrellas to mobile phone covers. Whether or not Kalashnikov is destined to become world famous for something other than the AK-47 is still anyone’s guess!
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