Once Vladimir indulged in despondency at work. Outside the window, a fine autumn rain drizzled, a cold wind blew away the remnants of leaves from the trees. The open page of the diary was full of important and urgent matters for a couple of years to come. And only a mug of freshly brewed tea kept Vladimir from going downhill to the depot. The phone squeaked on the table. Vladimir glared angrily at a piece of soulless electronics. The phone cringed nervously, crawled to the corner of the table, but, plucking up impudence, squeaked again. "Whom else did the difficult bring there?" - Vladimir thought gloomily. Not easy brought comrade Vayzunoff, who wondered if Vladimir wants to take part in the shooting of the Crimea roadster?
Despondency of Vladimir vanished as if by hand. No, he certainly prefers two-door cars with a V8, preferably six liters of displacement and born in the country of the most likely enemy. However, Crimea (auto, not a peninsula) has long made his heart beat faster. For when a design bureau at a university, even as respected as Baumanka, develops a very attractive mid-engined rear-wheel drive roadster from scratch, and even actively uses commercially available components, it's really great. Especially against the background of a very dreary state of almost everything connected with any kind of civil production.
On the appointed no less rainy and cloudy day, Vladimir was already standing at the Moscow State Technical University. Bauman with a thick shoulder bag with a photo backpack. The weather whispered that it would be a much more appropriate pastime to walk into a bar and indulge in gluttony, generously seasoning it with warming drinks, but Vladimir was adamant. Dressed as if he were shooting in Iceland again, and grabbing a piece of microfiber a little less than a square meter in order to wipe the lens from the water, he was determined to remove the roadster in any weather!
Fate favored Vladimir, and soon two Crimea were rolled out to him and a few other lucky ones - the first prototype and the second.
The difference between the first and second prototypes is visible to the naked eye. The first (red) is perhaps more distinctive. The second (blue), with a number of elements evokes quite clear analogies with the Audi TT. However, this is the case when the comparison is not upsetting at all.
The second car was made noticeably more harmonious, there are neatly adjusted gaps and a more logical tail, and much more.
Seeing the interest of the public, component manufacturers were also attracted to the project. The car has "correct" wheels, brakes, and the dashboard was generally developed specifically for it.
The lighting technology is also noticeably more interesting, although the visual effects are overkill. The modes of operation of DRL and direction indicators caused Vladimir the association "everyone is dancing disco" either in India or in China. Too much, mobile and catchy.
At the same time, it is much better quality and more stylish than the first car. However, during the time elapsed from the shooting to the publication of this post, Crimea managed to acquire new, more elegant headlights and lanterns.
In the cabin there is a bit of paint and Alcantara, but again, this is not a production car, but a prototype. Well, or a concept car, if it's pathetic. His task is to be bright.
Despite the resemblance to the first car, the interior of the blue prototype is also noticeably neater and more traditional, or something. Closer to what you expect to see on a commercial copy. There are no noticeable blemishes, such as a hanging awning or crooked gaps. Although the backlighting of the buttons is still the standard green and clearly needs to be replaced with something more suitable in color.
Despite the wide door, getting inside is not so easy - the wide threshold, low roof level and seats do not contribute to a convenient entrance. However, this is on the first two machines. And there is already a third one, where the convenience of entering and exiting, according to the developer's representatives, has been seriously worked.
We filmed cars right on the territory of Baumanka. The task is not trivial, considering a bunch of "parasitic" details of the landscape, constantly striving to "fit" into the frame.
And the rain. Microfiber meter by meter was a success and was not only useful to Vladimir.
However, in everything you need to look for positive aspects. For example, hefty puddles, into which Vladimir, like a noble pig, immediately asked to drive the cars.
And we got great pictures with reflection in a puddle.
What are paired, what are individual.
The tail of a red roadster on the one hand looks more original and unusual, on the other, much less "serial" and not as harmonious as that of a blue roadster.
Actually, Vladimir will boringly repeat that the difference between the first and second samples is colossal. The second car is noticeably more elaborate than the first. But at some point, a third will appear!
I must say that the puddles were not the only inspiration for Vladimir. The organizer of the shooting was dressed in a bright yellow jacket, which matched the deep blue color of the car so awesomely that it was just right to take a photo for an advertising brochure, where a young man opens the door to a girl who arrived in a blue roadster and carefully holds the same yellow umbrella over her :) In general, Vladimir could not resist and made a couple of shots.
Since the faces on the higher one are not visible, then, plucking up impudence, Vladimir publishes it here.
Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to ride in cars. There is nowhere special, and no one dared to allow stupid photographers to get behind the wheel of unique prototypes in the rain for obvious reasons. But the cars are rumbling well! I would like to believe that they also go fervently. Judging by the reviews of those lucky enough to be behind the wheel, this is the case.
Well, Vladimir really hopes that the third car will soon appear in the first picture of this post. It will be interesting to trace the entire chain of evolution of the Russian roadster.