India has an abundance of talented car enthusiasts and some have even started building homemade cars.
The country’s car market has grown tremendously, with more and more luxury cars on the streets.
But for some people, their enthusiasm for cars has led them to build their own.
It is a passion project for them and many have put a lot of time and money into creating unique cars.
While some have built cars from scratch, others have taken existing vehicles and used them as the basis for their own creation.
That said, here are six of India’s best homemade cars.
Solar powered car
Mathematics teacher Bilal Ahmed, who lives in Kashmir, built a solar-powered car because he wanted to create a ‘luxury’ and sustainable vehicle that is not just for the rich.
He said: “Cars like Mercedes, Ferrari and BMW are just a dream for an ordinary person.
“Only a few people can afford it, while for others it remains a dream to drive and roam in such cars.” [them]†
“I came up with something to give people a luxurious feeling.”
He worked on it for 11 years and spent more than Rs. 15 Lakh (£15,600) on the fully automatic car.
The solar-powered car is covered in solar panels from the hood to the rear window and despite the ‘gloomy’ weather in Jammu and Kashmir, Bilal found a way to ensure his project remained effective.
He said, “I’ve used solar panels that can give higher efficiency even on low-sunlight days.”
Bilal used monocrystalline solar panels because of their ability to generate a lot of power even with a little solar energy.
The panels are also efficient and take up a low surface area.
The solar-powered car has a striking design with gull-wing doors.
Bilal explained that the solar panels can change direction remotely as the sun moves.
Rakesh Babu from Kerala is known for building mini vehicles and the jeep is one of his most famous homemade cars.
He used metal tubing to build the chassis, while metal sheets were used for the body panels.
According to Rakesh, the shock absorbers are from a Bajaj Pulsar 180, the rims are from an auto rickshaw and the headlights are aftermarket automotive headlights.
It even has a reverse gear that can be engaged by flipping the switch or pushing the gear lever forward and then accelerating.
The Jeep comes with stickers to give it the look of US military jeeps, but this homemade car comes in a bright blue color.
It is fully functional, but Rakesh says the Jeep is intended for children as a toy.
The Jeep’s batteries take approximately seven hours to fully charge and the charging point is located on the dashboard.
Mini VW Beetle
Another mini-car recreation of Rakesh Babu is the Volkswagen Beetle.
He bought parts from various vehicles. The LED bulbs are aftermarket, while the headlights and tires are from an auto rickshaw.
The engine comes from a Suzuki Samurai.
The mini beetle has a two-stroke engine located at the rear of the vehicle.
The vehicle is believed to have lasted about three months and cost Rs. 40,000 (€420).
Rakesh said of the vehicle:
“I haven’t seen a Volkswagen Beetle in real life yet. I am not financially stable enough to buy a car so I thought about making one.
“Most parts are scrap from my father’s workshop. Then I spent less than Rs. 40,000 on this.”
A Maruti in a Lamborghini
A mechanic named Nurul Haque modified an old Maruti Swift to make it look like a Lamborghini.
Nurul always likes the idea of driving sports cars and during the lockdown in 2020 he had to stay home without work. Then he decided to make his own Lamborghini replica.
He bought a used Maruti Swift. Nurul then built a new car body using YouTube videos.
Nurul said: “First I bought a second-hand Maruti Swift and removed the body.
“I started building parts of a Lamborghini model by watching YouTube videos.”
The homemade car, complete with scissor doors synonymous with Lamborghini., ended up taking eight months to build Rs. 620,000 (£6,000).
Since the completion of the car, Nurul has become a local celebrity, with people taking pictures with the car.
Nurul said: “It was my dream to make and drive such a luxury car.
“I love Lamborghini cars and finally I converted an old Maruti Swift car into my dream car.”
Mini Maruti Gypsy
Launched in India in 1985, the Maruti Gypsy was popular with the country’s military and police.
Though production ended in 2018, a man named Zakir Khan honored the car’s legacy by creating a mini version.
The car stands out for its neon green paint and emblems.
Being a mini version, the vehicle is only one meter high and comes with a folding bed.
Even though it is small in size, it functions fully.
The mini Gypsy is powered by an 848cc, 4-cylinder petrol engine from a Sipani Dolphin hatchback. It also has a four-speed manual transmission.
The Gypsy’s top speed is reportedly 87 mph.
A unique homemade car is a wooden car, made by a father and son duo.
Carpenter Mohinder Singh, who has more than 40 years of experience, and his son Amandeep created a fully working wooden car in 2015 after Amandeep came up with the idea while studying.
The couple worked on the project for two months, working 12 hours a day.
The wooden frame is made of hundreds of wooden planks and is polished with varnish making it rain resistant.
It is powered by an 800cc engine, which allows it to reach a top speed of 75 mph.
“When I stop the car, a lot of people gather around me.”
“They often ask, ‘Who built it?’ Everyone asks me for my number and wants me to make them a similar car – it feels great.”
These six homemade cars are innovative and show the creativity of some car enthusiasts in India.
They have taken a lot of time and spent a lot of money to bring their creations to life.
While some have modified existing vehicles, others have built completely unique cars from the ground up.
In many cases, these homemade cars have turned their makers into local celebrities.
As technology advances, expect more imaginative homemade cars.