Double-faced car drives traffic police up the wall

Two Toyota cars were split in half and welded, giving it two engines, two steering wheels, two pedals, two gear sets and a petrol tank.
Two Toyota cars were split in half and welded, giving it two engines, two steering wheels, two pedals, two gear sets and a petrol tank.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

Hate reversing into a carpark space? You would not have to in this car designed by a 71-year-old Indonesian mechanic.

Mr Roni Gunawan has invented a double-faced car using two Toyota cars, reported British newspaper The Sun.

The unusual car took six months to build, with the help of Mr Roni's 10 workers from his car workshop in Bandung in West Java.

To make the car, he split the two cars in half and welded them together.

As a result, the orange vehicle has two engines, two steering wheels, two pedals, two gear sets and a single petrol tank.

It can even be driven by two people at the same time.

"I always wanted to design something unique," Mr Roni was quoted as saying. "It was after months of hard labour... that we were able to create this beautiful car."

However, just a few hours after the car was taken for a spin, it was confiscated by local police for violating traffic laws.

According to a senior traffic police officer, the car does not have a reverse light and the dimensions of the vehicle are "not appropriate".

"It has violated two articles of the 2009 law on vehicle roadworthiness, including a requirement that cars feature all of the proper safety signals," the officer reportedly said.

He added that Mr Roni had not applied for a licence to change the colour nor the shape of the vehicle.

"Also, the car has two number plates and two different vehicle registration numbers as well."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2018, with the headline 'Double-faced car drives traffic police up the wall'. Print Edition | Subscribe