Ukraine Wants Its Own Mustang-Like Halo Car

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It's a jet-inspired EV.

Ukraine is known for many things, most of them negative. But it is worth mentioning that it does stand out in some areas. Its people are good at chess, boxing, and soccer. It's also the eighth most visited country in Europe as far as tourism is concerned.

The one thing you'd never associate with Ukraine is cars. It has the ultra-cool Sherp, but that's about it. There is another car connection, however.

McLaren's senior designer, Max Shkinder, is Ukrainian. He started his automotive career at Skoda and has been designing cars for McLaren for the last eight years.

His latest project was born with help from several Ukrainian ex-pats working abroad in automotive and IT companies. Together they're known as Kraina Auto and together they designed the Kraina 225 electric car, which you see here.

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It's a beautiful thing. Shkinder designed a shooting brake with a panoramic sunroof leading to a concave rear end with slim taillights. The roof extends a bit too far for our liking, but that can be easily rectified.

The front-end is a mixed bag. We're not entirely sure why an EV needs such massive air intakes, but there is a hint of the McLaren 720S in there. And instead of two separate headlights, it has one slim headlight that runs almost the length of the car. This one big headlight appears to be various smaller LED light tubes.

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You can also see how far the wheel arches stretch from the body from the front. It gives the Kraina a muscular look, almost as if it deserves to have a twin-turbo V8 under the hood.

Since this is nothing more than a rendering, there's no engine. The 225 might suggest the necessary output needed to make the Kraina properly fast.

We can't see this making it into production, even though we appreciate that Ukraine wants its version of the Beetle, Corolla, or Mustang. (Cars you immediately associate with their country of origin.)

But, if Ukraine isn't going to use it, why not hand it over to McLaren. We'd much rather have this than some silly SUV.

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