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Chinese man builds world’s smallest car to dodge Shanghai traffic… complete with miniature engine, brakes and sound system

It may look like a toy car for a small child but this miniature car – complete with an engine, accelerator and brakes – is one man’s solution to avoiding Shanghai’s gridlock.

Chinese inventor Xu Zhiyun, 60, is the brains behind the quirky car which took him two years to build at a cost of just £155.

Xu regularly drives it around the busy Shanghai streets, weaving in and out of traffic.

Chinese inventor Xu Zhiyun, 60, spent two years designing and building the miniature car.
Chinese inventor Xu Zhiyun, 60, spent two years designing and building the miniature car.
The contraption measures just 23 inches in length, 13 inches in width and 15 inches in height.
The contraption measures just 23 inches in length, 13 inches in width and 15 inches in height.
It may only be the size of a small toy car but this miniature automobile can quickly navigate Shanghai traffic.
It may only be the size of a small toy car but this miniature automobile can quickly navigate Shanghai traffic.

 

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It measures just 23 inches in length, 13 inches in width and 15 inches in height, making it one of the world’s smallest cars.

Despite its diminutive size, the car has an engine, accelerator, brakes, front and rear lights, a horn and gears.

It also has enough room for a sound system teed up with 500 songs.

As well as a working engine, accelerator system, braking devices and lights the car has a sound system
As well as a working engine, accelerator system, braking devices and lights the car has a sound system
Xu has enjoyed building things since he was a child and has been interested in motorcycles for 30 years
Xu has enjoyed building things since he was a child and has been interested in motorcycles for 30 years
Xu trundles past a pedestrian in Shanghai, which is considered one of the worst areas in China for traffic
Xu trundles past a pedestrian in Shanghai, which is considered one of the worst areas in China for traffic

 

Xu said: ‘I liked building things since childhood. I’ve been interested in motorcycles for more than 30 years and at last I wanted to assemble the smallest car. It’s only a hobby.’

Xu has also used his handiwork to make life easier at home.

He has invented a steering device to move his television and makes his own clothes.

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