There’s nothing I love more than tiny cars. Smart Fortwos, that ridiculous road-legal suit of armor Top Gear made Jeremy Clarkson drive… I love them. So needless to say, I love this world record vehicle, the tiniest street legal car in the world.
A Man With A Dream
Austin Coulson admits he did this solely because he wanted a world record, which is hardly surprising considering… well, you’ve seen the image up top. And his car is undeniably a tiny little thing: 25 inches tall, two feet wide, and four feet long. Coulson himself, a car customizer and builder, literally has to sit on the “trunk”, such as it is, to drive it. But that’s not the most fascinating part of this car.
Completely Street Legal
The fascinating part is that he really did build this to street legal spec. It has everything a car needs to be allowed on the road, from turn signals and headlights to seat belts and a windshield made of safety glass, you know, just in case you roll over going at the incredibly fast top speed of… actually Coulson doesn’t mention that, but since the motor comes from a quad-bike for children, we’re going to assume that it’s not exactly ripping fast. Amusingly, the body, which comes from a stroller, is apparently 100% street legal. Motorize those strollers, people.
It’s even fuel efficient, at 45 mpg. The problem is the fuel tank only accepts a half gallon of fuel, so, practically speaking, you’re better off taking a bigger vehicle.
Can You Get One?
Not yet, apparently. This was a labor of love for Coulson, who as we noted wanted a world record, and it does raise the question of who, precisely, could drive one of these things comfortably for any length of time. But who knows? Soon we might be driving these things to work. OK, probably not.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.