Elon Musk flexes Russian skills while reacting to wild video of backward-driving Soviet car

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Elon Musk flexes Russian skills while reacting to wild video of backward-driving Soviet car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has expressed his approval, in Russian, for an innovative automobile design: a Soviet-era car which gives the appearance of driving backward as it zooms down the highway.

Breathing fresh life into a long-lost meme, Russian television network NTV tweeted a video of the modified “Zhiguli” at Musk, asking “How do you like that, @elonmusk?” The electric car messiah was bombarded by similar, tongue-in-cheek queries last year after famous arms manufacturer Kalashnikov announced it was designing an electric automobile of its own.




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Musk, it seems, was impressed by the short clip, which shows the remodeled Soviet car – whose body has been flipped, giving the appearance that it’s driving backward – cruising down the road.

“Awesome,” Musk declared in Russian.

His response triggered an avalanche of jokes – and confusion.

Musk’s Russian fans, meanwhile, lavished the entrepreneur with praise.

“Elon’s ours!” one particularly proud Russian tweeted out.

According to NTV, the car’s 18-year-old owner has run into trouble with local traffic police, who apparently were less enthusiastic about the creative automobile design.

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