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Some Things Are Smaller In Texas

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On: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:01PM | By: Karen Cook


Some Things Are Smaller In Texas

We’re all concerned with getting a vehicle that gets good gas mileage. We all know how expensive gas is and car buyers have decided that sometimes size must be sacrificed for fuel efficiency. Auto makers have cut the dimensions of SUVs and trucks in order to attract more conservative customers. How far can you shrink a vehicle and still be street legal? Austin Coulson decided to find out.

Now, Mr. Coulson is from Texas where bigger is better, but he managed to build something not at all according to Texas creed. This little vehicle looks like the cars you see kids driving down your street with slightly nervous parents walking along behind. You know, the ones zigzagging, lurching, and humming from the strain on the battery. This little beauty is not electric. It's not even a hybrid. It runs on pure old gas and can hold a half gallon of the stuff. It can run about 22 miles before needing another fill up. It’s 25 inches high, two feet wide and four feet long. Even those poor folks who fold themselves into a Smart car will have trouble with this one.

The license plate proudly proclaims “IM BIG” and is proof that the state has recognized the legality of the car. It has a windshield and a wiper, but, unless you’re worried about tarnishing that big belt buckle, I’m not sure what good it will do. It is also equipped with DOT-approved headlights. To complete its tiny package there’s a horn to warn others of its approach, which may be the most important piece of equipment since it’s very easy to overlook. Lastly there’s a seatbelt to meet safety requirements and to hold you in the vehicle in case of an accident while you’re flying along at a top speed of 25 mph.

So far there are no plans for mass production, but if it comes with cup holders and a basket on the back it would make the perfect vehicle to take around the corner to the store for those few things you forgot at the market.


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