Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records is no small feat, that is unless of course you happen to hold the record for the “Lowest Roadworthy Car.” And that record now happens to belong to a student built electric vehicle project out of Japan that’s just so darn cute you want to get one for your kid to drive around in while you take your Tesla Roadster for a spin.
The Mirai, according to a news release posted over at Autoblog, was the creation of twelve students, ages 15 to 18, and nine teachers in the Automobile Engineering Course at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan. It measures a mere 17.79 inches off the ground, and as you can see from the photo below, is definitely something one would classify in the lowrider category.
Taking over a year to build and constructed by November 2010, according to Guinness World Records, it was a task which involved several months of planning and designing. This was followed by a further six months of actual production.
No slouch on the street, Mirai is designed to go over 25 miles per hour which, for a small car like this, is quite impressive. The driving unit (motors and controlling components, including batteries) are from a “Q-car”, produced by CQ Motors in Japan. The switching console is from a motorbike, and most of the rest of it, including chassis and steering system, was built by the students. It runs on six electric batteries.
Harada Kazunari, principal at Okayama Sanyo High School, said to Guinness that because the electric vehicle is so low to the ground, they are constantly afraid the person driving it might get run over by other cars. They therefore place a lead car in front of it when Mirai, which means future in Japanese, is taken out for a spin on a busy street. It is also tailed by a “guarding car in the rear.”
As ambitious of a project as this was, it isn’t the only unique undertaking Guinness noted the students and teachers from this class have tackled. Previous projects have been seen said to include “an amphibious car and a huge glider plane.”