Kalashnikov has made a laughable electric “super car” based upon a car symbolic of occupied east germany

Kalashnikov has an electric car that uses the styling of a car symbolic of occupied East Germany.

The Trabant became a symbol of the technological and social backwardness of the East German state.

The new electric version has 220 kW, cruising range is 350 km and 6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour.

The Trabant was made from 1957 to 1990 by former East German car manufacturer VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau. It is often seen as symbolic of the former East Germany and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in general. The Trabant had a hard plastic body mounted on a one-piece steel chassis.

Over 3 million were made. Older models have been sought by collectors in the United States due to their low cost and fewer restrictions on the importation of antique cars. The Trabant also gained a following among car tuning and rally racing enthusiasts.

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