Indian mechanic who never went to school builds ultra small car!
Topsy-turvy jams, unruly drivers and never-ending gridlock – driving on Indian roads is certainly no mean feat.
But to avoid such chaos, a 60-year-old mechanic has built an ultra-small car that is not only easy to drive but can also pass through narrow lanes-making it convenient for drivers to evade jams.
Bawar Singh, who lives in the north Indian state of Punjab, built the innovative vehicle in the backyard of his house and spent the last two years perfecting the design.
“I designed this car to help people escape heavy jams and have an easy ride,” says Singh.
Complete with front and rear lights, brake, horns, and a scooter’s engine and tyres, the three-feet high car – which looks like a jeep – has a capacity to seat four passengers at a time.
The car can catch a speed of upto 60 kilometres per hour making it an effective way to drive on busy roads.
He says: “It really makes driving a cakewalk experience. There is no need for acceleration in jams, and because it is small, one can pass through tiny corners.”
Singh, who started working in a car repair shop when he was 18, says he got the idea to build a high performance miniature car in 1975 after a physically challenged person asked him to build an extra set of wheels for his scooter.
He said: “It was 1975. I fixed the extra wheels to his scooter so he could balance while riding it. The happiness on his face was priceless. He thanked me a million times. His response made me proud of my skills. A few days later I thought why not I make a jeep for a person like him so he can easily drive?
“I shared the idea with the same man. Thankfully he gave me his nod to work on it. Once the car was ready, he could not contain his excitement and immediately bought it. But it was a very rough design.”
But Singh couldn’t continue working on building the jeep because of his fulltime job as a mechanic.
“I could not continue. Partly also because I did not have the money and because I did not have the time,” he said.
But after retiring a few years back, Singh started developing a new improvised version of his 1975 jeep.
He says: “I made the car watching the design and frames of the original one. At first I used a scooter’s handle but many physically challenged people did not like that, so I changed it with the steering wheel of a real jeep. Then I added tyres and engine of a scooter.
“The aim was to make it big enough to seat four people including the driver so at least a family of four can enjoy a ride together.”
Over the last two years, Singh’s car has found a wide appeal in his neighbouring towns. He has already built and sold seven jeeps. He is currently working on building another half a dozen of his ultra small cars which have been pre-ordered.
“People have been really kind to me. They always encouraged me to work hard. It is because of their overwhelming response that I could design my own miniature car and sell seven vehicles. I wish the number of sales only grow now,” he said.
At only £650, the car is cheaper than a motorbike.
“This is the most important quality of my car. It costs way less than a motorcycle that can only be ridden by two persons at a time.
“But in my car, a family of four can happily enjoy a car ride together. In villages, not many people can afford big cars but at a budget-friendly cost, my jeep gives them an opportunity to own a four-wheeler,” he adds.
“I am also working to make the car cheaper so that it is affordable to people who need it most.”