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A mini 'Lambo' for his grandson

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A Chinese grandfather has built a replica Lamborghini sports car to drive his grandson to school.

And it cost him just US$824 (S$1,045).

The car can reach speeds of 96kmh, reported ECNS, the official English-language website of China News Service.

Mr Guo, a farmer from Zhengzhou in China's Henan Province, spent six months building the car at home using photos he found online.

He also bought Lamborghini logos and put them on the car's engine hood and steering wheel, the Zhengzhou Evening News reported.

Powered by five batteries, the car has a rear-view mirror, a horn, a reverse gear and a stereo system.

Two buttons left and right of the steering wheel operate the speakers, while another in the middle switches the vehicle to reverse, the report said.

Mr Guo, who in his 50s, said: "I know a little about making cars. I just did it for fun and plan to drive it to take my grandson to school and pick him up.

"It's just a toy for my grandson. But I can drive him to school in it. It's much better than an electric bike."

But his plan may come unstuck because of regulations regarding the types of cars allowed on Chinese roads.

According to China.org.cn, the car is not allowed on the road under China's traffic laws.

It can only be used as a toy and driven at low speeds in residential communities and parks, the local police said.

This is not the first time people in China have tried their hand at making their own luxury cars.

In 2012, a man from a rural area in China's Jiangsu province built a replica Lamborghini for US$10,000 using a second-hand Nissan and a Volkswagen Santana.