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Totally bizarre and wacky vehicles from around the world

June 30, 2014 15:34 IST


Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

People go lengths to customise their vehicles. Here are few that are completely bizarre and whacky. You can experience car made in India that are in shape of cricket bat to cars on which you can play a pool table.

We start with a car named ‘Mini XXL’. The six metre (about 20 feet) long stretch Mini Cooper S, equipped with six wheels, four doors, six passenger seats and a Jacuzzi.

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Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

Sudhakar Yadav rides a cricket bat shaped car in Hyderabad. The 25-feet long cricket bat shaped car was made to support team India in the world cup.

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Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

Car designer Sudhakar Yadav drives a car in the shape of a snooker table.

The car has three wheels with a 150cc engine and it can runs a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph).

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Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

A worker test drives a car in the shape of a heels on a road in Hyderabad.

The shoe is part of a ladies series of creations by Indian car designer Sudhakar Yadav to mark the International Women's Day and the car can run at a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph).

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Photographs: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

Eric Tan, one of the students who designed and constructed the first Philippine solar-powered car, drives past vehicles along a street in Manila.

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Photographs: Michele Crosera/Reuters

Bernd Weise, of the Amphicar Club Berlin, pilots his 1961 Amphicar down the Grand Canal in Venice.

The German-built amphibious car, which uses a Triumph Herald engine, is capable of over 110 kph (70mph) by road and 8 knots on water.

Its driver a needs regular driving licence and a boat licence.

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Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

Indian car designer K. Sudhakar drives a cigarette shaped motorcycle in Hyderabad.

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Photographs: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

People riding a motorcycle attend a street carnival at Tafawa Balewa square in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.

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Photographs: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

A clown dressed as policeman rides his mini bicycle during a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

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Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German bicycle designer Didi Senft, poses in a costume with a self-made bike honouring the late U.S. singer Michael Jackson in the village of Philadelphia near Storkow, some 50 km (31 miles) south of the German capital Berlin.

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Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto.

The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory, featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area.

The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge.
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Hungarian Istvan Puskas poses with his wooden chopper in Tiszaors, 161km (100 miles) east of Budapest.

Puskas, a 52-year-old tractor driver, built his bike in two years from firewood.

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Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics.

According to Seattle Sperm Bank's managing director Gary Olsem, donor sperm is transported by medical technicians aboard the bike, which is the second of its kind, in liquid nitrogen cooled vacuum containers.

The first Sperm Bike was adopted by Seattle Sperm Bank's sibling company, the European Sperm Bank, in Cophenhagen.

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A friend of Wang Jian sits in a hand-made replica of a Lamborghini Reventon in Suqian, Jiangsu province.

Wang, a young Chinese farmer who worked at a garage for more than a decade, built the replica of a Lamborghini Reventon with a second-hand Nissan and Santana.

The home-made roadster cost Wang around 60,000 RMB ($9,450) and can reach a maximum speed of 160mph, according to local media reports.

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Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters

A car sits on the street with a garden growing where the engine should be in Vancouver.

The car is part of a program called The Stick Shift Project which is part of a collaborative urban transformation in which four cars have had their engines removed and a small garden planted.

The cars have been parked in several locations around Vancouver and will remain throughout the summer.

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Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Tourists pass by the Paris Opera on a Velovisit in Paris. The new bike has seven seats designed for a driver and six passengers who sit in a circle and chat while pedalling.

The driver holds the handlebars, which look more like a steering wheel, and is responsible for braking.

The Velovisit can be hired for a tour through Paris, with or without a guide.

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The unicycle was designed several years ago by Chinese inventor Li Yongli who called it "the number one vehicle in the world".

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The Project P.U.M.A. prototype is shown during a test drive in Brooklyn, New York.

General Motors and Segway are developing an electric two-seat prototype vehicle with just two wheels, which could allow people to travel around cities more quickly, safely, quietly and cleanly, and at a lower total cost.

The collaboration, dubbed Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) combines several technologies that increase mobility freedom with zero emissions, enhanced safety, seamless connectivity and reduced congestion in cities.

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Photographs: Desmond Boylan/Reuters

Jose Alberto Sarmiento closes the roof of his 1957 Messerschmitt KR200 microcar on a street in Havana.

The bubble car has been in the possession of the lamp maker's family since before the Cuban Revolution.

The three-wheeler was produced by the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt from 1955 to 1964. There are only 36 of the cars remaining in Cuba.

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Photographs: Allison Joyce/Reuters

The Terrafugia Transition, a flying car, unfolds its wings at the New York International Auto Show at the JavitsCenter in New York.

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Photographs: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni rides his cardboard bicycle in Moshav Ahituv, central Israel.

The bicycle, made almost entirely of cardboard, has the potential to change transportation habits from the world's most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, Gafni, an expert in designing automated mass-production lines and an amateur cycling enthusiast, says.

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An ethnic Uighur man Abulajon sits on his home-made motorcycle beside a normal motorcycle.

Abulajon, a 30-year-old Uighur worker from a sewage treatment plant, spent a year making his 0.3 tonnes motorcycle measuring 4.3 metres (14 feet) in length and 2.4 metres (7.8 feet) in height, although it makes it impossible for him to drive it on the street.

It cost him about 8000 yuan ($1300) to buy all the parts from salvage stations and the converted engine can power the motorcycle with a speed of 40 km per hour (24.8 miles per hour), local media reported.

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Photographs: Edgar Su/Reuters

Members of the TUM CREATE group ride a prototype of their VOI scooter at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

The electric-powered VOI multipurpose scooter was designed to provide the ease of mobility and affordability of a scooter while offering car-like comfort and protection to the passenger.

TUM CREATE is a joint research programme between Germany's Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) and the NTU.

The group is looking to further develop the prototype.

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Zhang Jinduo's wife tries on a home-made racing car on the outskirts of Shenyang, Liaoning province.

Zhang, the 53-year-old local farmer made the racing car with the help of his son who is a car mechanic.

The car is equipped with a rear-mounted motorcycle engine and can achieve 60-80 km per hour, according to local media.

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Photographs: Kiyoshi Ota/Reuters

A car powered by Panasonic's "Oxyride" AA dry cell batteries runs during a Guinness World Record attempt at a vehicle test centre in Shirosato town, northeast of Tokyo.

According to the organisers, the collaboration of Panasonic and OsakaSangyoUniversity has achieved the new record for the fastest car powered by dry cell batteries with the average speed of 105.95 km/h (65.8 mph) for 1 km (0.6 miles), using 192 AA dry cell batteries.

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A woman and her son sit inside the capsule of an electric tricycle as they drive along a main road in central Beijing.

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A tourist from the Netherlands rides a bicycle on a street in central Yangon.

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Customised Mercedes-Benz SL600s, Luxury Crystal Benz, studded with 300,000 Swarovski crystal glass, are displayed at the pavilion of custom car accessory company Garson/D.A.D.

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Participants drive in a vintage Fiat 500 Cinquecento Ghia Jolly car during the International Fiat 500 Meeting in the central Swiss town of Zug.

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A worker drives a motorcycle made from recycled materials of spare parts from cars and bicycles at a workshop owned by Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn in Bangkok.

Roongrojna, 54, creates his artworks from recycled spare parts from used cars, motorcycles as well as bicycles.

With four shops in Bangkok named "Ko Art Shop", Roongrojna also exports his artworks to clients all over the world.

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Workers from Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant push a full-size Legoland edition Ford Explorer, made with more than 380,000 Lego blocks, at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago.

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A converted car, which is covered with woven raffia palm cane, is parked in front of an artisan workshop in Ibadan

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