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Kalashnikov's new electric car isn't the weirdest motoring collaboration

From an experimental DJ/producer to a famous hot-sauce brand, cross-pollination is nothing new in the automotive world

Probably the strangest car announcement of the year is Russian company Kalashnikov throwing its hat into the ring as an automotive manufacturer, with an electric car it sees as a rival to Tesla.

Elon Musk probably isn't quaking in his boots just yet, considering the CV-1 is so far only a concept that rather resembles an armoured Lada.

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. - Russian arms maker Kalashnikov presented, on August 23, 2018, 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 defence expo outside Moscow. 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. (Photo by HO / KALASHNIKOV MEDIA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP
The Kalashnikov CV-1 concept electric car in Moscow. AFP

But it has certainly raised eyebrows considering that the company is best known for manufacturing machine guns used to kill untold people around the world, rather than any attempts to save the planet via green motoring.

Kalashnikov certainly isn't the first unexpected outfit to involve itself in car production, however, with history littered with odd collaborations and unexpected, sometimes inexplicable, cross-pollination.

Scroll through our gallery above to see a selection of the weirdest.


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Updated: August 28, 2018 02:25 PM