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While Lightning McQueen may be the main star of the Cars franchise, fans of the Pixar animated series believe other characters deserve attention as well. One such character is “Professor Z” from Cars 2, which inspired the British to create a real-life replica.

Despite the fact that “Professor Z” was originally created on the model of the Zündapp microcar of the 50s, the easier-to-find and much more modern Toyota IQ was chosen as the donor car for the replica. Although it is not so easy to find out about this now, because the body has been almost completely modified.

Despite all the efforts, the resulting car is not very pleasing to the eye. The wheel arches turned out especially poorly, the effect of which is only enhanced when viewed from the rear in 3/4 view. There were also eye stickers on the windshield, as well as a huge monocle in front of the driver’s seat.

The interior appears to have remained virtually unchanged, although visibility has deteriorated slightly. The overall condition of the interior trim and upholstery corresponds to 187,654 km on the odometer.

Under the hood is Toyota’s tiny 1.0-litre VVT-i three-cylinder engine producing 67bhp. (50 kW) and 98 Nm of torque. Note that the IQ was also available with the more powerful 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine from the Auris, which was also found in the Scion iQ and the premium Aston Martin Cygnet.

An unusual car is up for sale on eBay. The highest rate currently is 6,000 pounds sterling (677 thousand rubles). This is about 2 times cheaper than the market price of a regular iQ.

In addition to the Toyota-based “Professor Z,” photos on eBay show a more convincing replica of the “Jackson Storm” character from “Cars 3,” based on an unknown two-seater model.

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