USSR’s Weirdest Concept Vehicles
These Soviet vehicles look like they were created in a parallel universe.
GAZ-A-Aero, designer Alexey Nikitin, 1934
Only one car was built. It’s current location is unknown.
GAZ M-20 “Pobeda-Sport”, 1950
Sports car based on the production model GAZ-20 “Pobeda”.
ZIS-112 with 350 cubic inch block, 1951
With the top speed of 204 kilometers per hour, this sports car was quite attractive, but utterly useless for racing. Because of it’s notoriously poor maneuverability, drivers were not able to show good results on the racetrack.
Torpedo-GAS, based on “Pobeda”, 1951
With the top speed of 190 km/h, the vehicle was able to travel 1000 meters in 33,7 seconds. This car has set two records of the Soviet Union.
GAS-TR “Strela” with a jet aircraft engine, 1954
The recorded speed was over 300 kilometers per hour. Unfortunately, no suitable race track was available at that time to beat the record.
“Moskvich G2″ with an aerodynamic body, 1956
VNIITE-PT (ВНИИТЭ-ПТ), conceptual taxi vehicle, 1964
This odd looking van was designed at the Research institute of Esthetics.
The ekranoplane EKIP (ЭКИП, «Экология и прогресс»)
This Soviet flying saucer with the capacity of 100 tons was designed by Lion Shchukin in 1978.
The Lun-class ekranoplan (NATO reporting name Duck) was a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s.
MAZ-2000 “Perestroika”, 1988
In 1988, this truck was presented at the Paris motor show, where it has received a gold medal for the outstanding technical innovations. Sadly, the development of MAZ 2000 was suspended, but the French Renault managed to organize the production of the similar looking trucks.
- via qwrt.ru.