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30 Wild Soviet Concept Cars and Prototypes

Behind the iron curtain, Soviet engineers and designers dared to dream big, concocting a captivating array of concept cars and prototypes that pushed the boundaries of imagination and innovation. From hovercars to snow machines and futuristic supercars, the Soviet Union's automotive industry harbored an arsenal of wild creations that remained hidden from the world for decades. Let's dive into the forgotten realm of the wildest Soviet concept cars and prototypes that redefined automotive possibilities and still leave us in awe today.

 

1934 GAZ A-Aero


In the 1930s, as cars were reaching higher speeds, the need to study aerodynamics became evident. In the Soviet Union, remarkable progress was made in 1934 when the first domestic streamlined car, the experimental GAZ-A-Aero, was developed by designer Alexei Osipovich Nikitin. The project was initiated by the automobile department of the Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization of the Red Army (VAMM RKKA) in collaboration with other organizations. Extensive theoretical studies and wind tunnel tests resulted in four streamlined body designs that were applied to the GAZ-A chassis to create the GAZ-A-Aero prototype. The new streamlined body showcased curved steel sheets on a wooden frame, teardrop-shaped wing coverings, and a V-shaped windshield. The GAZ-A-Aero demonstrated significant advantages over the standard GAZ-A model, with higher speeds, better dynamics, and improved fuel efficiency. Despite limitations due to the chassis design, the GAZ-A-Aero proved the benefits of streamlined bodies in increasing performance. This pioneering work set the foundation for future advancements in automotive aerodynamics and contributed to the development of modern streamlined cars in the post-war era.

 

1938 GAZ GL-1