A giant coronavirus is stalking the streets of Hyderabad – propelled by a 100cc engine and an inventor trying to drive home the message that people should stay indoors as the pandemic sweeps across the world.
Sudhakar Yadav’s wacky small single-seater car – made of fluorescent-green fibre and complete with the red crown-like spikes of the virus – has been racking up the miles in the tech hub to remind fellow citizens of the dangers of Covid-19.
“People are not scared and are still on the streets despite the clear danger,” the 67-year-old Yadav, who runs a printing business, said.
“My message through the car art is to make them understand that it is dangerous to be out on the streets and the safest place right now is the home.”
The car has six wheels and a fibre body.
“It took 10 days to build this car which can touch a maximum speed of 40kmph,” Yadav said.
Yadav says he was inspired by virus-shaped helmets worn by police elsewhere in India as they try to inject some light-heartedness into their enforcement of a crippling 21-day national lockdown.
In Bengaluru, officers wearing red and green coronavirus helmets danced around drivers ignoring quarantine, while their colleagues blew horns and banged gongs to simulate a virus attack.
In Chennai, police inspector Rajesh Babu joined with a local artist to design a helmet with red spikes and bulbs to shock drivers there.
Yadav the inventor – who holds a Guinness World Record for designing the world’s largest tricycle – said the Hyderabad police had been “supportive” of his journey.
“They want the car to be showcased to create awareness,” he said, adding he planned to donate the vehicle to local authorities to maximise its use during the lockdown.
“We have always made cars to give back to the society in our own way, for various occasions and causes,” he said.
Using junk automobile parts, Yadav makes offbeat cars which can be driven at slow speed.
They are on display at his museum located near the Nehru Zoological Park.
Yadav has been designing quirky art pieces for almost five decades, including cars shaped as a burger, cricket ball and a computer.
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