Move over, Elon Musk: Kalashnikov unveils ‘electric supercar’ to rival Tesla

A handout picture taken on August 22, 2018 and released by Kalashnikov media press office, shows a retro-looking pale blue prototype electric car, the CV-1, produced by Russian arms maker Kalashnikov, in Moscow. (AFP/ KALASHNIKOV MEDIA)
Updated 23 August 2018

Move over, Elon Musk: Kalashnikov unveils ‘electric supercar’ to rival Tesla

MOSCOW: Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla.
The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow.
The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called “Izh-Kombi,” a statement on the Kalashnikov website said.
Holding company Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the “electric supercar,” including a “revolutionary” inverter. The vehicle can travel 350 kilometers on one charge.
“We are developing our own concept of an electric supercar, which is based on several original systems developed by the concern,” the firm said.
“This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor,” RIA-Novosti further quoted the Kalashnikov press-service as saying.
“We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept.”
Kalashnikov Concern has long been trying to expand its brand, recently launching lines of clothing and other civilian merchandise ranging from umbrellas to mobile phone covers.
Its foray into electric vehicles however was met with mixed reactions from Russians. Comments to the news on the company’s official Facebook page ranged from “cyberpunk” to “Izh-Zombie.”
“Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars,” one user wrote.
Earlier this week, online users ridiculed Kalashnikov’s new bipedal combat robot. The golden-color machine, reportedly named “Igorek” in production stages, immediately became a subject of social media memes.
“Somebody had watched too much ‘Robocop’,” tweeted user happy__keanu, referring to the 1987 action film about a cyborg law enforcer.


Supercars go under the hammer in RM Sotheby’s auction at Abu Dhabi F1

Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale. (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Supercars go under the hammer in RM Sotheby’s auction at Abu Dhabi F1

  • Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale
  • The auction’s undisputed star lot is a Ferrari F2002

ABU DHABI: During the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is taking place from Nov. 29- Dec. 1, classic car auction company RM Sotheby’s is holding its first-ever auction in the Middle East. Featuring an expertly curated selection of 40 high-performance vehicles, the auction will take place on Nov. 30 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale.

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The auction’s undisputed star lot is a Ferrari F2002. It is estimated to sell for as much as $7.5 million. The reason for its elevated value?  German racing driver Michael Schumacher drove it to victory three times during the 2002 season, helping him to secure his fifth world championship at the French Grand Prix. A portion of the winning bid will also support Schumacher’s Keep Fighting Foundation.

Meanwhile, a rare Mercedes-McLaren collaboration that can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds is also up for grabs. The supercharged AMG V-8, which is one of 75, is estimated to sell for as much as $2.7 million in Abu Dhabi.

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Among the highlights is also one-of-50 example of Maserati’s iconic 21st-century supercar, a 2005 Maserati MC12.

Another eye-catching lot is undoubtedly the 2011 Aston Martin One-77, which is the 38th make out of 77 of the luxury vehicle company’s hypercar. The sparingly-driven super car, which is being auctioned by the original owner Markus Jebsen, founder of Auction4Wildlife, currently boasts under 1,000 km. All proceeds from the sale of the One-77 will go towards African Parks.

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The auction coincides with RM Sotheby’s online-only sale of F1 memorabilia taking place during the end of November to the beginning of December that features more than 100 items ranging from signed racing helmets and gloves to car parts.

Scroll down for the highlights from the show...

2002 Ferrari F2002

German racing driver Michael Schumacher drove this vehicle to victory three times during the 2002 season, helping him to secure his fifth world championship at the 2002 French Grand Prix.

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2011 Aston Martin One-77

The sparingly-driven super car currently boasts under 1,000 km. All proceeds from the sale of the One-77 will go towards African Parks.

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2005 Maserati MC12

Defined by its colossal rear spoiler and removable hardtop, this iconic 21st century sports car is one out of just 50 ever made. 

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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

The car sports an eye-catching and seldom-seen colour combination of Semaphore Yellow over a light beige interior and dark beige soft top.

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1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Introduced in 1990 as the successor to the legendary Countach, the Lamborghini Diablo was the company’s signature 1990s model.

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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

What would result became a true automotive icon of its era. Mercedes-Benz’s 300 SL was the industry benchmark for performance in the 1950s, pioneering a number of cutting-edge technologies.

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