- A team of engineers and designers have built what could be the first Afghan sports car.
- The car’s power relies on a modified 2000 Toyota Corolla engine, according to a report by Tolo News.
- The Taliban spokesperson shared a video of the car, called Mada 9, doing donuts in the snow.
Afghanistan recently unveiled what could be its first sports car and Taliban officials acknowledge the achievement.
On Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s official spokesperson, shared a video on Twitter of the car doing donuts in the snow. He said the car was an honor for the country, according to The Telegraph.
—Zabihullah (..ذبــــیح الله م) (@Zabehulah_M33) January 15, 2023
The vehicle, named Mada 9, was built over five years by a company named Entop with a team of 30 engineers and designers from the Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute, according to a report by Tolo News, a local Afghan news channel.
The school’s principal, Ghulam Haidar Shahamat, told the outlet that the motor is “powerful enough” to allow the driver to increase speed. But, he noted, the engine is from a 2000 Toyota Corolla.
“The main purpose is to install an electric motor there,” he added.
It’s unclear what the specs of the car are or how fast it can go. There is no video of the car moving at high speed or performing difficult maneuvers apart from the video shared by the Taliban spokesperson.
Mada 9 designer Mohammad Riza Ahmadi told Tolo News he hopes the car will be a beacon for the beleaguered country.
“This car will be an ambassador and drive through Afghanistan and convey the value of knowledge to the people,” he said.
A promotional video for the car begins with a shot of the desert floor, littered with bullets, before closing in on a disheveled man. After crossing a path of bullets, the man approaches a covered vehicle to finally unveil the Mada 9.
The Afghan economy has collapsed since the Taliban took over the country in August 2021. According to the US Institute for Peace, the country’s economy has shrunk by 20-30% in one year under the control of the diet.
More than one million Afghans fled the country between October 2021 and January 2022, The New York Times reported, citing migration researchers.
In January 2022, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres sounded the alarm about the dire state of the country.
“Six months after the Taliban took power, Afghanistan is hanging by a thread,” he said. “For Afghans, everyday life has become a frozen hell.”
Ahmadi, the car’s designer, told Tolo News that the car had received offers but was not for sale. The Mada 9 will be showcased throughout Afghanistan and possibly exhibited internationally, he said.