Would you drive the lowest car in the world? It is only 45 cm tall


Low ground clearance and cabin as close as possible to the wheels. These are two of the basic ingredients to create a dream sports car. Evidently, however, in Japan they must have gotten too carried away with the Mirai.

No, we are not talking about the Toyota hydrogen sedan, but about a very strange car that has become the lowest in the world complete with record officially recognized by Guinness World Records. Here is the story of him.

A wacky project

The project started in August 2009 and involved students and teachers from the automotive engineering course of Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan for 9 months.

From the start, the goal was to build the lowest car in history, but still approved for the road. In Japan, in fact, there are no limitations as regards the height of the body, as for the “light” between the chassis and the road.

In particular, to drive regularly, a car must have a ground clearance of at least 90 mm. Therefore, the designers tried to contain the size of the car developing a body “thick” just 367.2 mm. Eventually, the car scored an overall height of just 452mm.

It is half of a Formula 1

The Mirai (which means “future” in Japanese) is a fully functional model. In the very small chassis they are present push-rod type suspensions (the same used in the most extreme supercars) and six battery of CQ Motors with a total weight of 90 kg.

There is no precise performance data, but it is hard to believe that there is anyone crazy enough to exceed 40 km / h in a car half the height of an F1 car and a third of the most common SUVs in the world.

Yet, even if it is unlikely to be used as an everyday car, the Mirai managed to break the previous record set by the Englishman Andy Saunders who in the past managed to build a Fiat 126 just 53 cm high.


Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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