There were plenty of double-takes in Russia this week as drivers are spotting what seems to be Tesla’s Cybertruck. However, on a closer look, the design of the highly anticipated model has been copied by locals.
Ars Technica reports that a mini version of the truck has been doing the rounds in a suburb 30 minutes from Moscow called Khimki. Despite the knock-off, it’s not the work of an established company trying to make a quick buck out of the Cybertruck’s popularly. This model is designed by YouTube content creators Pushka’s Garage.
This channel famously custom builds various cars, turning classics into new innovations. This time, they have done a fair job of recreating the angles of the upcoming Tesla model. Despite being half the size of the juggernaut, the shape is almost there.
I don’t know, who needs to see this, but some people in Russia built a cyber truck out of a Lada. pic.twitter.com/xT1dBTpe35
— Gleb Kost (@Glebez) December 20, 2019
The team took a 1980s Russian Lada Samara and gave it front-wheel driving abilities, along with a 1.6L gasoline engine. Although, it has a long way to go to match the official Cybertruck’s incredible specs. The Tesla project holds 0-60 mph acceleration within 2.9 seconds and has the ability to tow 14,000 lbs.
What’s the cost?
Nonetheless, this build looks ambitious enough when considering the its modest cost. Only $1,300 was spent during the whole process of getting this truck on the road.
For anyone who doesn’t have the budget or can’t wait for the Cybertruck, they can own this tribute for a fraction of the price. The model is listed at 666,666 rubles ($10,800) on the Russian car site, Auto.
The real deal
Altogether, this “Cybertruck” is notably underwhelming compared to the figure of the actual prototype. However, the original has also been met with a mixed reaction.
Some are unsure about the drab color of the vehicle’s body while others are praising the futuristic feel of the 30X stainless steel shell. One thing that we can agree on is that the actual Cybertruck looks far more of a force to be reckoned with than this Lada convert.
Elon Musk’s proud vehicle has already received over 250,000 pre-orders. The dual and tri motor editions are set to be released by the end of 2021. Until then, you could try out Pushka’s Garage’s version for a fraction of the price. Furthermore, it will likely cost four times the price to repair Tesla’s product than it did to create this replication.
The popularity of the upcoming release has caused a massive buzz across the world. There have been several Cybertruck-inspired creations in different forms. Earlier this month, someone created a full Lego construction of the vehicle.
Are you impressed with the way these Russian creatives designed the Cybertruck lookalike? Let us know what you think in the comment section.