Wacky low- and high-tech wheels of the world

From cars made of firewood and bamboo to camouflaged vehicles, these are some cool cars

As summertime approaches, what better way to celebrate than your local car show? Here we take a look at some of the decidedly high- and low-tech cars from around the world you might not get a chance to see.

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This extreme hunting vehicle can change color for camouflage -- and includes an aerial drone that can spot prey from two kilometers away.

YikeBike: Weighing a mere 10.8 kilograms, it is the smallest folding electric bike in the world, according to its creators.


A handmade replica of a Lamborghini Reventon. According to Reuters, a young Chinese farmer worked at a garage for more than a decade to build it from second-hand Nissan and Santana parts. The self-made roadster cost Wang around $9,450 and can reach a maximum speed of 160 mph, according to local media reports.


A self-made racing car built by a farmer and his mechanic son. The car is equipped with a rear-mounted motorcycle engine and can achieve 60-80 kilometers per hour.

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It took two years to build this motorcycle out of firewood.  

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The German-built 1961 Amphicar amphibious car, which uses a Triumph Herald engine, is capable of over 110 kph (70 mph) by road and 8 knots on water. Its driver needs regular driving and boat licenses.


Members of the TUM CREATE group ride a prototype of their VOI scooter at the Nanyang Technological University 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.

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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. The bike, which is the second of its kind, keeps its cargo in liquid nitrogen-cooled vacuum containers.

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A 30-year-old spent a year making his motorcycle measuring 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length and 2.4 meters (7.8 feet) in height. The bike cost him about $1,300 to buy all the parts from salvage stations and the converted engine can power the motorcycle with a speed of 40 kilometers per hour (24.8 miles per hour), local media reported.

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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, southwestern Nigeria.

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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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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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An electric tricycle.

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The shoe car 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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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.

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Here we see a worker drive a motorcycle made from recycled materials of spare parts from cars and bicycles at a workshop in Bangkok.

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A view of what Brazil's Curitiba City Hall is calling the world's longest articulated bus, as it was presented to the press before going into service on the city's public transportation grid, in Curitiba on April 5, 2011. The bus, made in Brazil by Volvo with a Neobus chassis, has a capacity of 250 passengers, is 28 meters (92 feet) long, 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) wide, and powered with biodiesel made from soybeans.

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

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Jose Alberto Sarmiento sits in his 1957 Messerschmitt KR200 microcar on a street in Havana on May 20, 2010. 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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German bicycle designer Didi Senft poses in a costume with a self-made bike honoring the late U.S. singer Michael Jackson in the village of Philadelphia near Storkow, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the German capital Berlin.

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A man drives his taxi, a do-it-yourself stretch job performed on an old Soviet-era Russian car called Lada, in Havana. From horse-drawn carts to 1950s Chevrolets, overcrowded sidecars to motorized bicycles, old military vans to a pair of Lada cars melded into one.

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Customized Mercedes-Benz SL600s, Luxury Crystal Benz, studded with 300,000 Swarovski crystal glass.

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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 run a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph).

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General Motors and Segway a couple years ago developed an electric two-seat prototype vehicle with just two wheels, which could let people 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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"Bamgoo," an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan. The 60-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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A cigarette shaped motorcycle in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

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

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A 25-foot-long cricket bat-shaped car in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

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A seven-seat bike designed for a driver and six passengers who sit in a circle and chat while pedaling. The driver holds the handlebars, which look more like a steering wheel, and is responsible for braking.

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A model wearing a bikini soaks in a Jacuzzi on the rear end of a limousine named "Mini XXL." The 6-meter (about 20 feet) stretch Mini Cooper S is equipped with six wheels, four doors, six passenger seats and a Jacuzzi.

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Here a model presents Toyota's concept vehicle Fun-Vii at a pre-Tokyo Motor show reception from 2011. The whole body of the concept car can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will, and allows the vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information, the company said.

Something straight out of a movie, the Lightcycle runs off a 96-volt motor and lithium-ion batteries allowing a range of 100 miles from a 15-35 minute charge. All for an asking price of around $55,000.

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A Nigerian street carnival motorcycle.

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