By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

AN ARTIST is turning heads behind the wheel of a street legal race car straight out of the Indianapolis 500

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Videographer / Director: Brad Podowski, American Performance Media
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters

STREET LEGAL: Dean drives his race car through his neighborhood in Michigan, USA

Dean Loucks, 50, bought the vehicle in 2007 and has since redesigned it into his very own drivable work of art.

The car once reached a speed of 220mph - but now caps at 120mph

He said: “It was sitting in fairly poor condition when I bought it but it had the original race paint on it.

The engine inside Dean Loucks' fully customised race car

“I stripped it down and made it what it is today.

“It took more than 1,000 hours to customise the car - but it has some interesting features.

Dean poses inside his race car in front of his home in Edwardsburg, Michigan

"I get all kinds of reactions when I take it to the gas station.

“The worth of the car is probably what someone would pay for it, but I’ve had some offers in the $80,000 range but that’s not enough for me.

Dean works on the engine inside his road legal Indy car

“I think it’s worth about $150,000.”

The battery powered Indy Car car weighs 1,200 lbs, about 300 lbs lighter than the average race car.

The car has Dean’s company logo, The Art Of Design, printed across the side of it

It once reached a speed of 220mph on the track but now hits a top speed of 120mph after the original motor was pulled out of it.

Dean's car has a speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature meter like any other street car

The car also has Dean’s company logo, The Art Of Design, printed across the side of it.

Proud owner: Dean poses next to his race car that he says is worth about $150,000

While it doesn’t get much track time these days, it never fails to draw crowds when Dean takes it for a spin in his neighbourhood.

It took Dean and his crew more than 1,000 hours to customise the car

Dean, from Indiana, USA, said: “We wanted access to the battery charger on the outside of the car so we don’t have to take any panels off it to recharge the battery.

The battery powered car weighs 1,200lbs, about 300 lbs lighter than the average race car

“Normally they put the starter in the back, and it takes several people to start it.

Dean poses inside his race car in front of his home in Edwardsburg, Michigan

“The guy inside starts it, and then people out in the back, then you have to shut the car off, change the plugs, then you’re ready to go once the engine warms up.

Dean's race car parked in front of his home in Edwardsburg, Michigan

“We have a digital pack which shows me the fuel, temperature and speedometer.

“We’ve taken the plate that used to be the gas fill and put the biohazard on it."