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You may have heard that Tesla recently unveiled a concept for its new model. Of course, you heard: Elon Musk has made such a rustle again that the last two days they have not spoken about "Cybertruck" only from irons. "Genius, billionaire, philanthropist" and the main freak of the modern automotive industry even contrived journalists who gathered at the presentation of Tesla Cybertruck to think until the last moment that this is some kind of joke - until the price of the pickup was announced.
And Tesla seriously intends to sell IT, although the companies in general and Musk in particular have already remembered almost all their sins and even invented a couple of new ones. Naturally, the most talked about thing was the extravagant design of "Cybertruck": the pickup seemed to have left the Hollywood screens of the late 80s (however, Elon does not hide this). He was also accused of rewriting the canons of the famous "wedge-shaped" design that reigned in the world automobile arena about half a century ago - of imitating Bertone, Gandini, and so on, and so on.
But if Tesla Cybertruck looks like something like the Alfa Romeo Carabo or Lancia Stratos Zero, then, by and large, by accident. The head of Tesla himself mentioned that the company's designers were primarily inspired by the fantastic Blade Runner saga of 1982 and the style of transport design adopted in this universe. And here's what is curious: the action in this film takes place just in November 2019.
Those "spinners" that look like an ax were created for the Blade Runner by the famous futurist artist Sid Mead, who created many concept art for many cult films. Among the projects to which he was involved are, for example, "Aliens", "Tron" and "Johnny Mnemonic". Rumor has it that he even participated in the work on the cult "Civilization" by Sid Meier. So if Elon Musk was guided by his work, he chose not the worst object to follow. And about his "spinners" from "Blade Runner" Sid Mead said that they are equipped with motors of three types at once - traditional internal combustion engines, jet engines and some kind of anti-gravity drive.
Internet jokers, meanwhile, found many other objects in the cinema of those years from which the Tesla Cybertruck could be copied. The most frequently mentioned cult sci-fi thriller "Total Recall" is mentioned in this context. And here's another interesting detail for you: the action of this film is partially set on Mars, and the attention that the famous Californian pays to this planet is well known. Once upon a time, about the Cybertruck, which had not yet been presented to the public, he said that it would be the first pickup truck on the Red Planet.
Terrestrial angular cars from Total Recall, meanwhile, have quite real prototypes on our planet. It is believed that most of these ridiculous four-wheelers, including the famous robotic taxi, are either sketched or made on the basis of a small car by Robert K. Riley. At one time, he was obsessed with the idea of creating a compact and light city car with a hybrid power plant and a plastic body.
Town Car by Robert Riley, who, in fact, starred in the film, could, due to a 6-kilowatt motor, accelerate to 90 km / h, travel on electric traction up to 100 km, and with the participation of a gasoline generator, its range grew to 160 km. Riley built his "town cars" on the VW Beetle platform.
Another conventionally famous car from the cinema of those years, which Tesla designers could well be guided by, is the protagonist of the movie "Black Moon Rising", which was released in 1986. It was made by an exceptionally stellar team: for example, the script was written by John Carpenter, and Tommy Lee Jones and Linda Hamilton starred, but despite all the efforts of this team, the film failed at the box office.
But the "Black Moon" itself was a real beauty - in full accordance with the canons of Gandini and Pininfarin, brought to a full-fledged fantastic absurdity. Rumor has it that initially it was a completely automotive project called Concordia, not tied to any cinema: it was invented by Bernard Beaujardin and Clyde Kuok from Montreal back in 1977. The designers, however, just practiced the style of the cars of the future and did not really count on anything until almost a dozen years later their creation caught the eye of the filmmakers. Especially for Black Moon Rising, they built the only redesigned running prototype based on the second version of the Concordia, which they invented in 1980.
You can dig as much as you like in Hollywood mothballs. But Elon Musk publicly mentioned another film - "The Spy Who Loved Me". This part of Bondiana is known mainly for its participation in the filming of the Lotus Esprit supercar as a bond car, and it was created according to all the rules of the Italian wedge-shaped design, and not by someone according to the announcement, but by ItalDesign studio and Giorgetto Giugiaro personally. So, the creators of Tesla Cybertruck definitely could not do without references to the real automotive past, and not only to the fantasies of movie futurists.
And you can inspire your sense of humor as much as you like, but Elon Musk's attempt to troll the world community seems to have borne quite tangible results. According to the head of Tesla himself, within just two days after the debut of Cybertruck, about 150 thousand people placed pre-orders for it, and only 17% of them ordered the most affordable version. That's what life-giving memes do. Without spending a penny on advertising, collecting such a number of applications in one weekend on one Internet HYIP is worth a lot.
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PS: Now everyone can say that they saw Tesla as a child;)