Date:13 September 2010 Tags:,

At just 48,26 cm, it’s the flattest car in the world. So it’s not surprising that the Flatmobile, a jet-powered repro of “The Bat Mobile”, is recognised as the lowest street-legal car by the Guinness World Records and the World Records Academy.

The mastermind behind the Flatmobile is Perry Watkins, an inventor from Buckinghamshire. Watkins has been building “crazy” cars since 1984. To start, he built a 2,7 m tall street legal Dalek.

Then, in 1990, Watkins, along with his friend, Danny Curtis, built the Impressed. It started as a Hillman Imp, and finished at 67,3 cm tall. It was listed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records as the lowest car in the world.

In 1998/9, Watkins built Lowlife, a radically chopped, sectioned and elongated Mini featuring a mid-mounted Rover V8 powerplant and trick hydraulic suspension. From the ground to the rooftop, Lowlife measured in at 60,96 cm. Lowlife was recognised as the lowest street legal car in the world in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2006, UK custom car builder, Andy Saunders, built Flat Out and took the world record away from Lowlife. Until 2007, that is! Introducing the Flatmobile…

The Flatmobile tech specs:
* Donor car 1963 Hillman Imp
* 76,2 cm height sectioned out from body
* Ground clearance: 5 cm
* Height: 48,26 cm
* Length: 3,72 m (43 cm longer than standard)
* Width: 1,68 m
* Internal Combustion Engine: Hillman Imp 875 Sport
* Jet engine: DIY gas turbine

For more information about the jet engine and the construction process, visit the Flatmobile Web site

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