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Scion IQ: Toyota’s first go-kart, er.. mini car

By February 12, 2014

How does one build a four-passenger car that is only 120 inches long with an 80-inch wheel base? Ask Toyota. But it has been done before and over 5 million were built over 40 years. It was called the Austin and Morris Mini. It was designed by Alex Issigonis after he was given a design specification of car that would fit into a box that was 10X4X4 feet. Even Issigonis couldn’t met that spec but he came close with a car that had an 80-inch wheel base that was 10 feet long but was 55 inches wide and 53 inches high. Interestingly, the later models were powered by a 1,275 cc engine of about 75 hp. We all know it became an icon.

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