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ZiL - or Zavod imeni Likhachova - is a great name from the Soviet Union's past. The firm produced cars fit for Soviet leaders, such as Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev. But after a spell in the Presidential wilderness, the company had been commissioned to create a new ZiL-4112P limousine for the current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who was reportedly fed up with seeing everyone in his country riding around in flash German metal.
Unfortunately, Mr Putin is apparently unimpressed with his new wheels, which went into service last year. In response, Russian car design website Cardesign.ru and Russian supercar maker Marussia decided to hold an independent design competition to see if anyone could come up with a better solution. This awesome-looking ZiL President concept has been voted the winner.
As should become clear from the visuals, the ZiL President gives a definite nod to the past, while completely embracing the future. It's the work of two former students - Yaroslav Yakovlev and Bernd Weel.
It is heavily influenced by Russian architecture and is said to radiate 'power and authority'. It's fair to say this isn't a car for mere peasants.
What's most remarkable is the fact that it was created in just three weeks. It would take longer for someone to fill a pothole in the UK.
But that's not all. As the students live 1,500 miles apart, the ZiL President design was created using Skype and Dropbox. This is car design, 2013 style!
The designers haven't told us much about the interior, but for such a massive vehicle, you may be surprised to see the ZiL President is a strict four-seater.
But wow, look at the legroom in the back. Also check out the central infotainment system and what appears to be a bulletproof panel separating the front and rear cabins.