World’s Smallest Street Legal Car.

A group of high school students have built the perfect vehicle for taking a short drive.

It’s called the “Mirai,” which means ‘future’ in Japanese, and measures just 17.79 inches from the ground to highest part of the car, making it the shortest roadworthy car ever built, according to Guinness World Records.

The miniscule Mirai was created by students and teachers of The Automobile Engineering Course at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan, and they spent a year designing it and six months putting it together.

The motors and controlling components, including batteries, come from a “Q-car,” that was produced by CQ motors in Japan, while the switching console is from a motorbike. Other parts such as the chassis, body, suspension, steering system and LED lights were made at the high school.

The car looks small and sleek and is street legal, but school principal Harada Kazunari admitted that actually driving it on city streets has its challenges.

“It can be frightening to drive Mirai on a big street, especially when the speed goes over 40 km/h because the road is very close to the driver’s eye point,” he said, according to Guinness. “Also, you can feel afraid that you will be run over by other cars. So, we make it a rule, when we drive Mirai on a busy street, to place a leading car to the front of Mirai, and a guarding car in the rear.” {Via}

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